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World Congress Leaders to See British Envoy on Palestine Today

August 17, 1936
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The 79 American delegates to the first World Jewish Congress, which closed last night with the election of officers said today before leaving for home that results of the parley were more encouraging than anticipated.

Their statements, issued through Mendel M. Fisher, of New York, secretary of the delegation, was:

“The delegation feels satisfied with the results of the congress and has faith in its future. Our delegation contributed in large measure to the unity achieved and we have confidence that the Jewry of the United States will back up our decisions. The results were more encouraging than anticipated.”

The newly-elected Executive, headed by Dr. Stephen S. Wise of New York, today drew up a declaration asking the British cabinet not to halt immigration into Palestine. A delegation headed by Dr. Wise will present it to the British legation at Berne tomorrow as the first official act of the Executive.

Members of the Executive, besides Dr. Wise, are Marc Jarblum of Paris, Israel Yefroikin of France, Leon Kubowitzki of Belgium, I. Naiditch of Paris, Dr. Mordecai Nurok of Latvia, Rev. Maurice L. Perlzweig of London and one person to be nominated by the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities.

Judge Julian W. Mack was elected honorary president and Dr. Wise chairman of the Executive at the closing session of the congress.

Dr. Nahum Goldmann, representative of the Jewish Agency for Palestine at the League of Nations was named chairman of the administrative committee. Other officers are Louis Lipsky, chairman of the council and Louis Sturtz, of New York, treasurer.

The administrative committee, at its first session today, was to discuss establishment of central offices in Paris, Geneva and the United States.

Addressing the final sitting of the Congress, Rabbi Wise declared that there could be no peace in the world as long as nations “agitate against the Jew, as long as the Jew is persecuted. Dr. Goldmann and Mr. Lipsky also addressed the session.

The nominations committee had urged elimination of Eastern European representatives from the Executive so that it would not be hampered in taking active measures against countries of Jewish persecution.

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