New York (Feb. 1)
The new “defense regulations” announced by the British Government in Palestine were branded as part of a “regime of terror” which “has placed Palestine out of the bounds of fundamental human rights,” in a statement issued today by Dr. Abba Hillel Silver and Dr. Stephen S. Wise, joint chairman of the American Zionist Emergency Council.
“Speaking for American Zionism and the overwhelming majority of American Jewry, we not only protest against the new regulations of lawlessness in Palestine, but we also warn the British Government that if this is the regime which it proposes to impose on Palestine, henceforth Jews throughout the world will stand firm in support of any act directed against the maintenance and implementation of these inhuman laws,” Dr. Silver and Wise declared.
Pointing out that “even the most elementary human right under law, particularly under Anglo-Saxon law, that every person is to be considered innocent until proven guilty, no longer exists in Palestine,” the Zionist leaders continued: “The aim of the British colonial administration is clear. It wants to terrorize Jewish Palestine and Jews all over the world into submission to the planned liquidation of the Palestine Mandate and of the internationally assured rights of the Jewish people with regard to Palestine.”