Anglo-jewish Association President Decries “defeatist View” on Jewish Communities

Restating the aims of the Anglo-Jewish Association at a meeting of the group last night, Ewen S. Montagu, its president, decried the defeatist view” that the Jewish communities and Judaism outside Israel “must crumble and in the end be extinguished.”

Calling on British Jews to make the fullest possible contribution to Israel, which he insisted could not be considered as “just another foreign state,” the A.J.A. president nevertheless pointed out it is not in the interests of either British Jewry or Israeli Jews, or of any other Jews in the world to accept uncritically everything that is done in or emanates from Israel.

The A.J.A. also adopted a resolution expressing concern over the rise of the Socialist Reichapartei and other neo-Nazi groups in Germany and calling upon British and West German Governments not only to fight such manifestations of Nazism, but to encourage those elements in Germany which fight for the “triumph of democratic and human principles.” The resolution was sent to the Board of Deputies of British Jews for circulation to all the Allied Governments.

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