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Kenworthy Presses British Government for Reply on Wailing Wall Issue

November 21, 1928
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency

His Majesty’s Government was further pressed for a definite reply on the Wailing Wall question in a series of questions raised in the House of Commons Monday afternoon by Lieutenant-Commander Ken Worthy, friend of the Zionist movement.

Kenworthy asked the Colonial Secretary whether the Government has already taken the advice of high legal authorities on the Wailing Wall question as explained at a previous session of parliament.

Major Ormsby-Gore, Understate Secretary in the Colonial Office, replied in the negative, stating that the Government is still in telegraphic consultation with the Palestine government.

Mr. Kenworthy again asked why the Arabs were permitted to crect a structure of a permanent nature on top of the wall, while the temporary structure placed by the Jews at the foot of the Wall was forbidden. To this Major Ormsby-Gore replied that the present problem is to formulate what exactly is the status quo according to the Mandate, before legal advice is taken. It is also neccessary to clear up various other questions. The Understate Secretary denied Lieut-Commander Kenworthy’s suggestion that the Palestine government is favoring one religious denomination at the expense of another. He pressed that the answer to this question be conveyed to the Palestine government.

The Secretary said that this had often been conveyed to the Palestine Government and it would be unfair to suggest that Lord Plumer or his predeccessors had infringed upon the spirit or the letter of the Mandate.


Edward Max Chase of Manchester, New Hampshire, newly elected honorary president of the Federation of American Jews of Lithuanian Descent, announced his contribution of $25,000 for the maintenance of the Hebrew Tarbuth schools in Lithuania.

A delegation consisting of the Hebrew poet Dr. Saul Tchernichowski and Dr. Zemach Feldstein arrived last week in New York for the purpose of seeking a fund for the Tarbuth schools whose existence was jeopardized by the lack of funds. Mr. Chase was born in Olita, government of Kovno, in 1874. He came to the United States in his early youth.

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