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Full Text of Zionist Resolution on Jewish Agency Commission Report

July 31, 1928
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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The final full text of the resolution adopted late Friday afternoon, July 27, by the Zionist General Council on the report and recommendations of the Joint Palestine Survey Commission “for the guidance of the Jewish Agency” reads as follows:

(a). The General Council expresses cordial thanks to the members of the Joint Palestine Survey Commission for the valuable work rendered and welcomes the wish expressed in the report for the cooperation of all circles of the Jewish people in the upbuilding of the National Home in Palestine, in the expectation that such cooperation will lead to the desired acceleration and strengthening of the Palestinian reconstruction work.

The General Council records with satisfaction that the Commission, in agreement with the view of the Zionist Organization, has formulated a number of political demands relating to the duty of the Palestine administration and the Mandatory Power to create such administrative and economic conditions in the country as will secure the establishment of the National Home.

(b). In view of the economic recommendations of the Commission, the General Council declares that the report in some essential points does not pay adequate consideration to the necessity of bringing certain economic methods into accord with the specific tasks and conditions of the work of the reconstruction of Palestine.

1. The Zionist Organization recognizes the Keren Kayemath as the sole instrument of its land policy in Palestine. Therefore and in accordance with the principle of redemption of the land as Jewish ## property repeatedly laid down by Zionist Congresses, all lands to be acquired out of public monies of the Jewish Agency shall become the common property of the Jewish people and be subject to all the principles of the Keren Kayemath in so far as concerns ownership of lands and their allotment to settlers. In order to safeguard the integrity of the Keren Kayemath. purchase of land out of two different funds shall be inadmissible. The Zionist Organization has always also recognized private purchases of land and furtherance of the establishment of settlers with means of their own as important. An institute subserving this purpose shall not be maintained continuously out of public funds, but shall be assisted to undertake its work merely by a single financial contribution.

2. The General Council calls attention to the underlying principle of Zionist colonization work with regard to the freedom of the settler to determine the social form of his settlement and accordingly declares that in future too the right of settlers should be preserved to choose their form of settlement, Kvuzah, Moshav, or other form, it being understood that every form of settlement shall satisfy the economic requirements and afford the possibility of becoming self-supporting.

3. In accordance with the Congress decisions relating to the continuous increase of immigration, the General Council declares it essential that Jewish immigration to Palestine be strengthened and furthered both by the Jewish Agency and Palestine administration and that immigrant workers, as well as immigrants with independent means, receive the requisite facilities to enter the country and settle there.

4. The General Council declares that in all works and undertakings carried out or furthered by the Jewish Agency the principle of Jewish labor must be preserved.

5. (The resolution relating to the Hebrew language was not finally formulated.)

The General Council accordingly declares that in recognition of the principles laid down in the foregoing proposals with regard to Jewish labor the Hebrew language, national land settlers’ right to self-determination and constantly increasing immigration is the unalterable foundation for the establishment of the Agency and the setting up of the program of work.

The General Council, while directing special attention to the foregoing points, declares that the report of the Commission is in general outlines of essential importance for the drawing up of the program of work for the Agency. The proposal considered by the Commission for the establishment of a loan and trading corporation with a capital of £750.000 to £1.000.000 should be carried out as speedily as possible.

(c). The General Council resolves that in continuance of the negotiations already begun the requisite steps for the extension of the Agency, in accordance with, the resolutions of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Congresses and the foregoing resolutions, be taken forthwith. The Executive is requested to continue negotiations with Jewish communities of various countries energetically and bring them to a conclusion as early as possible.

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