Non-agency Groups Preparing to Submit Views on Palestine to British Government

Jewish organizations not affiliated with the Jewish Agency are preparing to submit their views on the Palestine issue to the British Government coincident with the new talks which began this week between the Agency and the Government, and which are expected to continue during the period the conference is recessed.

The Anglo-Jewish Association is of the opinion that the time to begin these discussions will be when the preliminary question of the basis for the participation of the Jewish Agency in the conference is settled, and the negotiations are extended to a discussion of matters of substance.

The Association would prefer to see a united Jewish front maintained. It hopes that the consultations with the British Government at the conference will be conducted by a single Jewish delegation incorporating all shades of opinion, but it would not refrain from placing its views before the government if this should prove impossible for technical or political reasons.

On the other hand, the Agudas Israel, while maintaining friendly contacts with the Jewish Agency, insists that the view of the non-Agency bodies must be considered now and on all issues, including matters seemingly concerning the Jewish Agency itself, such as the release of the detained Agency members. “Every aspect of conversations with the British Government is to be considered as a problem of general Jewish concern,” a spokesman for the Agudah said today.

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