New York (Apr. 10)
The major points of the memorandum which the Jewish Agency will present to the special session of the United Nations on Palestine situation were outlined here last night by Moshe Shertok, head of the Agency’s political department, at a dinner tendered in his honor by the United Palestine ##ppeal.The Jewish Agency, he said, will place great emphasis on the constructive achievements of Palestine’s Jewish population. It will point out that the Jews in Palestine have, in a short span of time, transformed a “barren, neglected country” into a productive homeland for hundreds of thousands of Jews. “Our political strength is rooted in the land we have cultivated, the homes we have built, the industry we have developed,” he stated.
“With regard to the Arab population,” Shertok declared, “we will place before the U.N. irrefutable evidence which will testify to the long strides of advancement the Arabs have made in terms of living conditions during the last twenty-five years, due in most part to the immigration of the Jews who brought with them technical science and modern equipment.”
The response of the United Jewish Appeal in this country will also be submitted as evidence to the United Nations, Shertok said. It will illustrate the “strong indication of the faith of several million American citizens in the constructive efforts of the Jews in Palestine,” he explained. He added that “as far as Palestine’s economic structure is concerned, the Jewish community there has no need for outside support. But, we are continuously receiving refugees from Europe who have to be clothed, fed, housed, placed in jobs, in a word, rehabilitated, and it is for this task that we look to America for help.”
Discussing the present Palestine situation and the effects of terrorist activities and the resulting British reprisals on the Jewish community as a whole, Shertok attacked terrorism as a “force for negation, which can well destroy the work of two decades.”