London (Apr. 19)
Leaders of the Board of Deputies of British Jews have met with leading members of the British delegation to the San Francisco Conference it was revealed here by Prof. Selig Brodetsky, president of the Board.
The meeting was held for the purpose of establishing contact between the members of the British delegation and the two representatives of the Board of Deputies who are proceeding to San Francisco as observers. The two are A. G. Bratman, secretary of the Board, and Counciller Moss of Manchester.
The foreign committee of the Board was criticised at a plenary session of the organization for cooperating only with the American Jewish Conference and with the World Jewish Congress. H. A. Goodman, leader of the Agudas Israel, said that by limiting its cooporation to these two bodies, the Board of Deputies is encouraging a split in Jewish ranks and is creating an “international caucus,” arousing dissatisfaction arang the Jews of England. Other members of the Board, including Dr. Israel Feldman and the Binai Birth leader Maurice G. Liverman, similarly complained that the basis for consultations with other Jewish central bodies is “too narrow.”
Prof, Brodetsky, replying, emphasized that counciller Moss was appointed by the foreign committee as one of the Board’s two representatives at San Francisco “because he is not connected with any caucus.”
“Mr. Moss and Mr. Brotman have been instructed to endoavor to obtain maximum cooperation in their consultations with other Jewish groups,” Prof. Brodetsky said. We must, however, realise that the real issue is the difference of attitude of various Jewish organizations with regard to the Palestine question. It is clear without doubt that the views represented by myself in connection with this question are shared by an overwhelming majority of the Jews in England and the world over.” Prof. Brodetsky’s stand was supported by Norman Jacobs, Phineas Horowitz and Levy Bakstansky.
Meanwhile, it was announced here today that Sir Robert Waley Cohon is leaving for New York shortly, as a representative of the Anglo-Jewish Association, to confer with American Jewish leaders on issues affecting Jews which may come up at San Francisco.
Max Gottschalk, special European representative of the American Jewish Committee, is also leaving for New York after spending several months visiting Britain, Belgium and Holland, Mr. Gottschalk told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that he had discussed Jewish post-war problems with the principal Jewish organizations here on the bacis of the program of the American Jewish Committee, and had cooperated closely with the Board of Deputies and the Anglo-Jewish Association. He also saw Zionist leaders with whom he discussed joint action at San Francisco.