Atlantic City (May. 18)
In the first public reaction by a top Jewish ##ncy leader to the statement on Palestine made in the U.N. by Soviet delegate ##rei Gromyko, Moshe Shertok, chief of the Agency’s political department, said dur## the week-end that while the Soviet stand was an encouraging development, it could ##ly facilitate a solution, which cannot and will not be found without active American participation along the lines taken by this government in the past.
Shertok warned that “Great Britain will probably try to create new situations ## order to prejudice the case against us,” and emphasized, therefore, that terrorism ## be fought, since it provides a pretext for further repression against the Jewish Community. He spoke at the three-day National Trade Union Conference for Labor Palestine, which closed tonight.
William Green, president of the American Federation of Labor, addressing a ##ner meeting of the conference last night, called on Britain to redeem itself in## eyes of the world by allowing 100,000 Jews to enter Palestine without waiting## a decision by the United Nations.
Green said that the Palestine issue is a major test for the U.N., one which ## determine “whether or not the nations of the world stand ready to reach just ## objective conclusions regardless of vested interests.” The A.F.L. head voiced## support of the more than 7,000,000 members of his organization for Jewish efforts ##build a homeland in the Holy Land.
The resolutions called on Britain to repeal the White Paper, restore civil ##aw and permit unlimited immigration; urged the Labor Party to adhere to its pledges to the Jewish people; demanded that the U.S. Government follow its traditional pro-Palestine policy in the councils of the United Nations and requested the U.N. to grant the Jewish people a homeland in Palestine. The conference decided to send an American labor delegation to Palestine.
The meeting, which was addressed by many C.I.O. and A.F.L. leaders, also heard Don Pines, co-editor of Davar, the daily newspaper published by the Histadruth. About 350 persons attended the conference.