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Montefiore and Rothschild State Reasons for Not Joining Agency

May 9, 1929
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The League of British Jews, one of the most outspoken anti-Zionist Jewish bodies, which opposed the issuance of the Balfour Declaration when the negotiations for it were under way, will remain aloof from the extended Jewish Agency, it became clear from the remarks made by the League’s leaders at its annual meeting here yesterday.

Lionel de Rothschild, president of the League, and Claude G. Montefiore, foremost leader of Liberal Judaism in England, gave their reasons for their decision not to join other British Jewish outstanding personalities who declared their willingness to participate in the work of the extended Jewish Agency at the recent London conference.

Lionel de Rothschild, referring to the Jewish Agency, declared that it was a topic of considerable interest, but said that he wishes success to those who desire to do good work in Palestine. He, personally, felt that he was occupied with the charitable requirements of the Jewish community in London and with the problems of the country in general and cannot, therefore, participate in the work of the Zionist Organization. Although he felt that it is a part of the program of the League of British Jews to assist those who are desirous of going to Palestine, it is not incumbent on the (Continued on Page 4)

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