Lord Melchett Presents Jewish Demands to British Colonial Secretary
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Lord Melchett Presents Jewish Demands to British Colonial Secretary

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Lord Melchett, a member of the Jewish Agency Council for Palestine, the Jewish organization including Zionists and non-Zionists recently formed, was received this afternoon by the British Colonial Secretary, Lord Passfield, in relation to the Palestine situation.

Lord Passfield, it was stated following the interview, promised to secure quick telegraphic communication between the Jewish Agency headquarters in London and the Zionist Executive in Jerusalem whose cabled reports were delayed due to the censorship of the Palestine government.

The Colonial Secretary also stated he would order the Palestine government to organize the distribution of food to the isolated Jewish colonies and towns. He assured Lord Melchett that the military forces of Great Britain “have the position in hand.”

The interview between Lord Melchett and Lord Passfield took place following a conference held this morning by Zionist leaders with the participation of the Marquis of Reading, Louis Lipsky, president of the Zionist Organization of America, Harry Sacher and others.

At the meeting of the Jewish Agency Council held tonight under the chairmanship of Dr. Weizmann, the demands of the Jewish Agency Council were formulated for submission tomorrow by Dr. Weizmann to Lord Passfield. It was understood that Dr. Weizmann will ask, among other things, for the compensation for loss of life and property from the British government to the families of the Palestine disaster victims.


Felix M. Warburg, who attended the meeting, before sailing on the Homeric tonight, stated to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent here that he was deeply shocked by the Palestine crisis. “I am sure that the government in London is conscious of its responsibilities,” he said.

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