New York (Sep. 6)
Urging the British Government to send a Cabinet mission to Palestine at the conclusion of the round-table parley, similar in authority to the recent India Mission, Dr. Judah L. Magnes, chairman of the Ihud (Union) Association of Palestine, today told a press conference that although “we wish the forthcoming negotiations in London success,” without plans for Arab-Jewish cooperation “all negotiations are illusory.”
Speaking in the newly-established New York office of Ihud, Dr. Magnes who has been in the United States for four months organizing his group’s program in the United States, said “political and numerical equality” are two of the aims of Ihud, which favors the establishment of a bi-national Arab-Jewish state in Palestine.
“The Ihud wishes to help the Zionists, particularly the American Zionists, to find their way in this moment of confusion,” Dr. Magnes said. “We wish also to offer our program to Jewish organizations who are at a loss to know what to do in respect to the Palestine problem. We appeal to non-Jewish Americans not to support terror and violence in the Holy Land. America should help the Jews to renew their balance, sanity and political perspective.”
Terming the present “British regime in Palestine one of terror and violence,” he said that the projected bi-national state would be patterned on Switzerland’s multinational government, with Jewish, Arab and mixed cantons working cooperatively. “A moderate solution is not only possible, it is urgent,” he declared.