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Shertok Calls Upon Zionists to Develop Contacts with Russia and United States

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Although the basis hope of the Jewish Agency is to come to a fundamental understanding with Britain regarding the post-war status of Palestine, Zionist leaders must develop their contacts in America and built up contact with the USSR, Moshe Shertok, head of the political department of the Jewish Agency, declared here last night addressing the annual conference of the Laborite Zionist organization. He condemned the terrorist groups in Palestine and stated that “the Jews in Palestine cannot be left to the mercy of lunatics.”

The conference welcomed the statement issued by President Roosevelt warning the population of Nazi Europe to abstain from participating in annihilation of Jews. It sent greetings to the Jews in Russia expressing the hope that they “will soon take their place in the council of world Jewry among the builders of the Jewish commonwealth in Palestine.” The conference also adopted resolutions demanding international assistance for Jewish settlement and immigration in Palestine under the control of the Jewish Agency, the abrogation of the White Paper and the establishment of Palestine as a Jewish Commonwealth. Condemnation of the terrorism in Palestine was voiced in one of the resolutions.

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