American Jewish Congress Calls Conference to Discuss Inquiry Commission’s Report
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American Jewish Congress Calls Conference to Discuss Inquiry Commission’s Report

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A special conference of all national and central Jewish organizations has been called by the American Jewish Congress to consider action on the report on Palestine issued by the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry. The conference will take place Tuesday evening, April 15, at the Hotel Astor. A telegram inviting the participation of all representative Jewish groups in American Jewry and calling attention to the grave situation precipitated by the unjust findings of the majority report of the Commission was yesterday sent out by the American Jewish Congress.

The announcement recalls that the American Jewish Congress played a leading role in the events which led up to the issuance of the Balfour Declaration in November of 1917; that the American Jewish Congress in December of 1918, at its session in Philadelphia, was the first representative Jewish body to advance the idea of England’s assuming the Mandatory over Palestine; and that the representatives of its delegates at the Peace Conference were in a measure responsible for the acceptance of the historic right of the Jews to Palestine by the governments of the world and by world public opinion.

It is indicated that the Jewish hopes of a national renaissance in Palestine are now jeopardized by the findings of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry. It will be the function of the conference next Tuesday to formulate some plan of action whereby Great Britain may be persuaded to acknowledge the injustice of making the Commission’s findings the basis of its future policy in Palestine. Arrangements for the conference were made yesterday following a meeting of officers of the American Jewish Congress with other representatives of Jewish public opinion.

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