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Zionists Resent Arabs on Equal Footing with Jews

November 1, 1923
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The Actions Committee of the Zionist Organization at its concluding session Wednesday night, unanimously adopted a resolution deploring the attempt made by the British Government to place the Arabs in Palestine on an equal footing with the Jews through the establishment and recognition of an Arab Agency.

This, the principal question before the meeting, occupied the members throughout all of the committee’s sessions stretching over four days.

The resolution declares that Zionists appreciate the efforts of the British Government to introduce harmony between the Jews and Arabs of Palestine. The Zionists voiced the conviction, however, that harmony can be best attained by the complete realization of the Balfour Declaration. Although the rejection by the Arabs of the Agency proposal “deprives the offer of its value”, the Zionists find the attempt to place the Arab Agency on an equal basis with the Jewish body is not in accordance with the terms of the Palestine Mandate. The Actions Committee reiterates, however, the Zionists’ desire for friendly cooperation with the Arabs.

Dr. Weizmann, in closing the session, expressed his complete satisfaction with the “Earnest and deliverate nature” of the protracted debate.

With regard to the extension of the Jewish Agency, the scheme proposed on behalf of the Executive by Dr. Feiwel, providing for the coopting of representatives of the Zionists, Keren Hayesod and of other representatives of important Jewish organizations, was adopted.

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