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Anglo-jewish Board of Deputies Names Palestine Committee for Agency

May 14, 1929
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A committee of sixteen which, together with the president, vice-presidents and treasurer, will constitute a Palestinian Committee, was elected by the Board of Jewish Deputies at its meeting yesterday. The Committee was charged with the task of cooperating with the other representatives of the Anglo-Jewish community toward the consummation of the extended Jewish Agency.

The Board received a report of the Joint Foreign Committee in which satisfaction was expressed that no changes prejudicial to the minorities will be made in the League of Nations statutes.

In connection with the movement for calendar reform it was decided to publish authoritative refutation of the pamphlets circulated by the Fixed Calendar League in which it was charged that traditions and opinions are misrepresented.

Action against a judge in the London court whose anti-Jewish bias has been apparent in a number of cases was decided upon by the Board. Complaints have been received against Judge Cluer who, sitting in the Shorditch and Whitechapel districts, deals mainly with Jewish litigations. Judge Cluer maintains a very biased attitude toward the Jews, abusing them on every possible occasion. During one trial, it was cited, the judge said: “Your only idea of a trial

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is to shout at the top of your voice, in order that the judge will be unable to hear the other side. You Jews succeeded once and got 2,000 years.”

On another occasion, Judge Cluer is charged with having said: “Your people are always telling falsehoods. Never in my 34 years of experience has an Englishman told a falsehood.” A number of deputies present urged that the Board demand Cluer’s removal. A motion that the Board approach party leaders before elections to ascertain their views on alien restrictions was defeated, the deputies being of the opinion that any party’s promise would imply that the Board was favoring that party. This might lead to the creation of the impression of a Jewish vote.

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