Jerusalem (Sep. 6)
The Jewish community of Palestine, usually disrupted by internal problems, today stands firmly behind the Jewish Agency executive in its refusal to attend the London conference on Palestine, which opens Tuesday.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency approached all the various groups and individuals outside of the Jewish Agency to whom the British Government extended invitations to the conference, and all of them stated that they will reject the invitation. Each is sending today a separate letter of refusal to the Palestine High Commissioner, each giving his own reasons for his rejection.
The opinion was expressed here that the letter sent yesterday by Colonial. Secretary George Hall to the Jewish Agency is a move to leave the door open for the Agency to join the negotiations later. It was conceded that if the discussions between Britain and the representatives of the Arab states develop toward meeting the Jewish demands, there is still a possibility that the Jewish Agency will join the parley.
Meanwhile, efforts are still being made by King Abdullah of Transjordan to persuade the Palestine Arab leaders to proceed to London for the conference. King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia has also intervened with the Palestine Arab Higher Committee asking them to reconsider their decision not to attend the London talks on Palestine, it was reliably learned here today. Sheikh Bechara El Khoury, President of the Lebanon, has sent a similar request.