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British Parliamentarian Resigns from Labor Party Because of Attack on Jewish State

Samuel S. Silverman, Labor member of the House of Commons, and chairman of the British Section of the World Jewish Congress, today resigned from the “Peace Aims” committee of the Labor Party, charging that the committee circulated a pamphlet opposing the creation of a Jewish national home in Palestine.

Silverman stated that the committee had distorted the Palestine plank of the labor Party’s platform, which calls for the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine and the transfer to neighboring Arab countries of those Arabs who do not wish to live under Jewish rule. The pamphlet, he said, condemns the proposals for a Jewish national home without presenting any counter proposals.

The Jewish leader charged that the pamphlet was never formally approved by members of the Peace Aims committee and reflected the views of “a single member seeking to use the group authority to spread his personal views.” He reviewed the sufferings which have befallen the Jews of Europe and said that the pamphlet could only help destroy the hope of the surviving Jews that they might find a haven in a Jewish national home.

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