Paris (Aug. 23)
The executive of the Jewish Agency today issued a statement declaring that it will continue to seek a settlement of the Palestine problem satisfactory to all concerned, but emphasizing that “no solution can be considered unless it provides for the restoration of Jewish statehood.”
The statement, which summarized the results of its four-week meeting here, revealed that the executive, in addition to intensifying its political activities in the United States, England and Palestine, has also made arrangements “for the necessary approaches to the United Nations” with regard to the Palestine issue. It stressed the fact that although Dr. Chaim Weizmann was prevented because of ill health from attending the meetings of the executive, constant contact was maintained with him throughout the meetings.
“The whole situation of the Jewish people and of Zionism was reviewed in the light of reports submitted on Palestine, European Jewry, Great Britain and the United States,” the statement says. “The deliberations were conducted in the shadow of the deepening Jewish tragedy in Europe and the grim events in Palestine.
“The executive condemned the continuation of the White Paper by the Mandatory power, its recent acts against the Yishuv, and the naval and military and political blockade launched against Jews seeking a haven of refuge in their national home,” the statement continues. “It considered this policy to be a flagrant violation of international obligations under the mandate, which is the sole legal and moral basis for British administration in Palestine.
“The executive reaffirmed the inalienable right of all Jews who are in need, or who desire to do so, to return to their national home. It agreed on measures to mobilize the support of the whole Jewish people for the Yishuv in its courageous stand, and made the necessary provisions for further Jewish immigration and new settlement on the land.
“Special attention was given to the position of the Jews in displaced persons camps and those fleeing from pogroms. Arrangements were made for the work of the executive, under present circumstances, in Palestine, Great Britain, the United States and continental Europe, and also for the necessary approaches to the United Nations. In view of the gravity of the situation, the date of the next Zionist Congress was advanced to the end of November.”