Anglo-american Inquiry Committee on Palestine Opens Hearings in London Today

Prof. Selig Brodetsky, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, will be the first witness tomorrow morning, when the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry on Palestine opens hearings here.

Other Jewish organizations which have submitted memorandums to the committee and asked to be heard, include the Anglo-Jewish Association, the British Federation of Synagogues, the Agudas Israel and the anti-Zionist Jewish Fellowship.

(Moshe Shertok, chief of the political department of the Jewish Agency, disclosed today in Jerusalem that representatives of the Agency would not testify before the committee in London. He said that “if the Agency decides to appear before the committee, it will appear only in Jerusalem.”)

The Anglo-Jewish Association, it is understood, has submitted a memorandum along the lines of its previously decided policy on Palestine, urging free immigration into the country, without any mention of establishment of a Jewish state. Leonard Stein, president of the Association, will probably testify before the committee.

A New Zionist Organization spokesman told a press conference today that his group would not accept the committee’s invitation to appear because it felt that the committee was established only to delay fulfillment of the terms of the Palestine Mandate. He charged further that the British plan for establishing Transjordan as an in dependent state had “excluded three-quarters of the scope of the committee’s work.”

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