New York (Jul. 26)
The American Zionist Emergency Council today issued a statement expressing the hope that the victory of the British Labor Party will speed the establishment of a Jewish Commonwealth in Palestine.
After citing the strongly pro-Zionist resolution adopted by the last Labor Party convention, the statement said: “The election of a Labor majority in the House of Commons and the consequent appointment of a Labor Government gives hope that the intolerable regime in Palestine of the White Paper, which has been continued even after the termination of the war in Europe will now come to an end and that the sorely tried Jewish people may at last look forward to effective action in behalf of the establishment of Palestine as a Jewish Commonwealth.”
At the same time, Max Zaritsky, chairman of the American Jewish Trade Union committee for Palestine, cabled Maj. Clement R. Attlee, who was comissioned by the King tonight to form a new government, hailing the “glorious victory” of the Laborites. The cable added: “With confidence in British labor’s …. efforts to redeem Britain’s prime-honored pledge to foster the creation of Palestine as a Jewish Commonwealth, we extend the heartiest felicitations of over a half million Jewish workers enrolled in our Committee and many millions more in the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations who have endorsed our program.”