New York (Aug. 28)
A resolution warning against the participation of the ex-Mufti in the forthcoming British talks on Palestine with Arab and Jewish leaders was adopted early this morning after an all-night closed session of the national executive of the Zionist Organization of America.
Another resolution expressed renewed confidence in the leadership of Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, president of the ZOA. “We reject the imputation conveyed in these tendentious and harmful reports that Dr. Silver and the masses of American Zionists whom he leads represent an ‘extremist’ position in contrast with the allegedly ‘moderate’ position of the Jewish Agency executive. We also regret the equally unwarranted suggestion that he or we are motivated by anti-British sentiment,” the resolution said. It was intended to serve as a clear indication that the Zionist organization of America is in full accord with Dr. Silver’s policy.
The national executive in its resolution also reaffirmed the official program of the Zionist movement calling for the “free entry of Jews into Palestine and the establishment of Palestine as a Jewish Commonwealth with full equality of rights and status for all its inhabitants.” The resolution further stated that “this program has been adopted and ratified by the highest instances of the World Zionist movement and has been approved by the overwhelming majority of American Jewry, and that the official Zionist position has never been reversed or modified by any World Zionist Conference or Zionist Congress empowered to make valid decisions touching basic Zionist policy and principles.”
The resolution on the ex-Mufti read: “The ZOA is profoundly shocked at the press reports that the British Government is agreeing to permit the participation in the projected Conference on Palestine of Hadj Amin El Husseini, the ex-Mufti of Jerusalem, the Nazi agent and co-instigator of the mass murder of 6,000,000 Jews. We refuse to believe that any civilized government would stoop to confer with this war criminal about either Palestine or any other subject, and we regard it as inconceivable that he should be granted a voice in the fate of the Jewish people and the future of the Jewish National Home.”