Jewish Agency Meeting in Plenary Session to Discuss Testimony for U.N. Hearings
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Jewish Agency Meeting in Plenary Session to Discuss Testimony for U.N. Hearings

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Four members of the Jewish Agency executive will testify before the United Nations inquiry committee, which opens its hearings here on Monday. The text of the Agency memorandum to be submitted to the committee will be discussed by a two-day plenary session of the Agency, opening on Sunday.

The memorandum will differ considerably from the one submitted last year to the Anglo-American inquiry committee. While the latter did not contain any criticism of the mandatory power, the present memorandum charges the British Government with failure to implement the provisions of the mandate.

The Agency spokesmen will be David Ben Gurion and Moshe Shertok, testifying on the political aspect of the problem and Eliezer Kaplan and Dr. Fritz Bernstein on the economic aspects. The religious views of the Palestine Jewish community will be presented by a representative of the Chief Rabbinate, while speakers for the Jewish National Council will testify on educational and municipal matters. Representatives of Dr. Magnes’ Ichud group, which favors bi-nationalism, and of the Agudas Israel will also testify.


The government testimony, which is understood to be almost completed, concludes that the best solution of the Palestine problem is either the Morrison federalization plan, which was proposed by the British Government last year, or some form of cantonization, according to reliable sources. The government material is said to be essentially the same as that presented to the Anglo-American inquiry committee, with revision of figures on immigration and other statistics to bring them up to date.

The government memorandum is believed to contain some reference to the oil situation on the Arabian peninsula and the route of the pipelines and a comparative survey of the Jewish and Arab secret armed forces. It is reported to outline what the probable reaction of the Arab and Jewish communities would be to various solutions.

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