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Non-cooperation Urged at Mizrachi Conference

August 11, 1939
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Non-cooperation with the British Government in retaliation for its decree halting Jewish immigration into Palestine for six months beginning Oct. 1 was urged last night by Rabbi Meir Berlin, of Palestine, honorary president of the Mizrachi Organization, opening the religious Zionist organization’s world conference. The conference is being attended by more than 100 delegates, including 18 from the United States and 30 from Palestine.

Rabbi Berlin urged world Jewry to mobilize to fight against curtailment of Jewish rights in Palestine. He appealed for the providing of more capital for industrial develop ment, continuation of immigration despite restrictions and the sinking of Zionist party differences in favor of a united front against Britain’s Palestine policy.

Rabbi Wolf Gold, president of Mizrachi, reporting on the activities of the organization’s executive committee, states that Mizrachi had 150 branches in the United States and Canada, operating from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The executive committee’s report highly praised the American Jewish Distribution Committee for its to Mizrachi prospective Palestine settlers in Poland and elsewhere.

Three hundred rabbis and clerical employee from Germany are being supported by Mizrachi, according to a report made at an in camera session today by Prof. Hermann Pick, of the Jerusalem executive committee. Rabbi Gold announced receipt of a £6,000 donation to be used in establishing an agricultural college in Palestine.

A world conference of the Confederation of General Zionists will open here Monday afternoon under the chairmanship of the Rev. J.K. Goldbloom of England. Speakers will include Prof. Selig Brodetsky, Dr. Nahum Goldmann and the Rev. M.L. Perlzweig, representatives of the party in the political department of the Jewish Agency for Palestine.

In view of the political emergency confronting the Zionist movement, the meeting will devote considerable attention to questions concerning the composition and structure of the new Zionist Executive to be elected by the Congress. It is felt that the importance of London in Zionist political and diplomatic work is not yet sufficiently recognized in the councils of the movement. A determined effort, therefore, will be made to create a London executive which will be extended to include, if possible, one American and one Palestinian. This executive will be responsible for political functions which the movement will be called upon to assume in London and for organization of the movement particularly in western European countries.

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