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JTA Convention Told That Bevin’s Policy is Calculated to Destroy Jewish Hopes

The four-day convention of the Zionist Organization of America opened here today with a message from David Ben-Gurion, chairman of the Jewish Agency executive, declaring that the statement on Palestine made by Foreign Secretary Bevin in the House of Commons “is calculated to destroy the last hope of the Jewish people.”

“The entire document,” Ben Gurion said in his cabled message to the approximately 1,000 delegates at the convention, “completely distorts the picture of the Jewish position, as well as the situation in Palestine.” He emphasized that the British Labor Party, as well as all other parties, have always recognized that the only solution to the Jewish problem is reconstruction of the Jewish historic homeland, as laid town in the Palestine Mandate. “We cannot accept this travesty of a policy as the final verdict of British labor, or the British people,” he pointed out.