London (Dec. 19)
The British Government has informed the Anglo-Jewish Association that the foreign committee of the Association will be given the same facilities a in the past to place its views on Jewish affairs before government offices, it was reported here today by Leonard Stein, president of the Association.
The government communication to the Association came in reply to a letter sent by Mr. Stein informing the Foreign Office that the Anglo-Jewish Association had formed its own foreign committee as a result of the dissolution of the Joint Foreign Committee which had been maintained by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Anglo-Jewish Association.
Addressing a session of the Association last night, Leonard Montefiore, noted British Jewish leader and president of the Jewish Colonization Association, stated that the JCA is now and English company. The JCA shares, formerly held by German, Belgian and French Jewish communities, are now controlled by the custodian for enemy property in Britain and will remain under his control until after the war, he said.
Mr. Montefiore emphasized that the JCA is prepared to assist the UNRRA in its activities which concern Jewish colonization and emigration. He also announced that when the war is over, the JCA will fulfill its pledge to participate with Zionist groups in the drainage of the Huleh area in Palestine.
A meeting of the Board of Deputies today was told by its president, Prof. Selig Brodetsky, that a delegation of the executive committee of the Board will shortly meet with a member of the British Cabinet to discuss the anti-Semitic agitation in the country. Speakers pointed to the increase of anti-Jewish propaganda and asked whether adequate steps were being taken to combat it. Offsetting the activities of the anti-Semites, one speaker said, was the support of the “working masses” who, on the whole, reject anti-Semitism. Prof. Brodetsky asserted that the main problem was to convince the public that anti-Semitism was a danger to all sections of the country.