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Board of Deputies Urges Britain to Reaffirm National Home Policy

September 9, 1929
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The British government as holding the Mandate for Palestine was urged to reaffirm the policy of establishing a Jewish National Home in Palestine by the Board of Jewish Deputits, the leading Anglo-Jewish body, at an emergency meeting held today. The Board, which meets only once a month, at its session today adopted a resolution urging the Colonial Office to make the Jewish National Home provision of the Palestine Mandate the principle governing the administration of Palestine, the removal of responsible officials, the unrestricted Jewish right of worship at the Wailing Wall, the punishment of the guilty and the payment of reparation for losses.

The resolution also declared that the Palestine events will not affect the support of the Board for the Jewish Agency. Copies of the resolution will be transmitted to Prime Minister MacDonald, Lord Passfield and to the members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

O. E. D’Avigdor Goldsmid, speaking on the subject, stated that British Jews, as subjects of the Mandatory Power, are in a position to exercise influence on their government. It is clear that this was not a casual explosion, but an organized attack on the policy of the National Home. The Palestine administration was warned in advance. The action of the home government in restoring peace is to be appreciated. The attitude of a section of British opinion which attaches no im (Continued on Page 8)

portance to the Palestine Mandate, considering it an expensive experiment for the British taxpayer, is unfounded. The British Jews see in Palestine an asset for the British Empire, Mr. D’Avigdor Goldsmid stated. He also made an appeal for the Palestine Emergency Fund. The horrors will stimulate a renewed enthusiasm for Palestine work in Great Britain, he said.

Mr. Leslie Hore-Belisha, M. P., siad that there will be danger in the effort of the separated Jewish and Arab communities who will be irreconcilable bodies. He urged conciliation and understanding between Jews and Arabs.

Leonard Montefiore demanded justice for the offenders, not revenge. The Zionist leaders have always manifested respect for the legitimate rights of the Arabs and all must follow this lead.

Bertram A. Levinson, speaking in behalf of Liberal Jews, said that all Jews were united in an expression of horror and indignation. Zionist and non-Zionist is deeply interested in the protection of Jewish rights in Palestine.

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