Jerusalem (Sep. 23)
On the eve of a vote by the Zionist Actions Committee on Jewish Agency participation in the London conference, two Jewish labor groups today adopted resolutions strongly opposing the decision of the Agency to participate in the parley if the British agree to discuss partition.
The two groups are the Movement for Labor Unity, an opposition wing within the Histadruth, and the Hashomer Hatzair. The extremist Irgun Zvai Leumi also issued a warning against “accepting a Jewish zone” in Palestine instead of a Jewish state.
The Movement for Labor Unity resolution, adopted at a nation-wide conference, protested against the negotiations carried on by the Jewish Agency in London to make partition a basis for attending the conference. “We reject any form of partition, federalization or canonization,” the resolution said.
The decision of the Hashomer Hatzair emphasized that partition cannot be the basis for negotiations. The organization demanded that the movement of 100,000 refugees from Europe to Palestine be started prior to Jews joining the London conference, and irrespective of the outcome of the conference. It also insisted on the release of the imprisoned Jewish leaders.
The central committee of Agudas Israel today endorsed the decision of the Agudah leaders in London to participate in the conference only if the Jewish Agency and other Jewish groups participate. A similar resolution was adopted today by the Poale Agudas Israel, the labor wing of the Orthodox organization.