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Berlin Scores Shertok Statement to Probers That Arabs Have Equal Rights to Palestine

Rabbi Meir Berlin, Mizrachi leader, today attacked as “a crime, and a mistake for which posterity will not forgive the entire Zionist movement,” the testimony given before the Anglo-American inquiry committee last week by Moshe Shertok, political chief of the Jewish Agency.

Rabbi Berlin, who prefaced his remarks by hailing the unity with which all Jewish groups faced the committee, attacked Mr. Shertok’s statement that Arabs have the same rights to Palestine as the Jews. “The Arabs have only personal rights,” he said, “while the Jews have national rights.”

In an address to a conference of the Poale Mizrachi, labor wing of the orthodox Zionists, he demanded that the forthcoming World Zionist Congress be motivated by “one spirit and one slogan: Establishment of a Jewish state.” The Jews, he added, “will make use of what will be offered to us, but we will never abandon fulfillment of Zionist aims–a Jewish state on both sides of the Jordan.”

A call for unity among all sections of orthodox Jewry to achieve the establishment of a Jewish state was voiced by Dr. Kalman Cahane, leader of the labor wing of the Agudas Israel, at the opening of the conference.

(At a meeting of representatives of all groups in the Rumanian Mizrachi movement held today in Bucharest, speakers attacked Britain’s policy in Palestine, and appealed to the Poale Mizrachi convention in Palestine to “strengthen the Yishuv’s fight for an independent state on both sides of the Jordan.” The appeal also declared that free immigration of Jews into Palestine “was the last hope of Jewry”.

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