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Palestine Offices of Agency, Agudah Agree to Recommend Unified Representation at U.N.

May 9, 1947
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In a last-minute effort to guarantee a united Jewish representation at the United Nations, representatives of the Jewish Agency and the Agudas Israel met here today and agreed to cable their respective spokesmen in New York urging a single representation. The conferees included Mrs. Goldie Meirson and Moshe Shapiro for the Agency and Rabbis Itche Meir Levin and Moshe Porush for Agudah.

In replies to queries from the Hashomer Hazair newspaper Mishmar, published in that paper today, four of the six American members of the former Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry on Palestine said that peace would prevail in Palestine today had the committee’s recommendations been carried out. Judge Joseph C. Hutcheson, Bartley Crum, James MacDonald and Frank Aydelotte said that they do not believe that the U.N.’s inquiry committee will come up with anything new, and they hope, therefore, that the committee will echo their recommendations. Hutcheson and Aydelotte also warned against extremism by both Jewish and Arab leaders and cautioned against partition.

Dr. Chaim Weizmann, in his first public appearance since the Zionist Congress in December, said that although he had committed himself not to talk for or against the present Zionist executive, he is not yet ready to shed his responsibility to the movement. He reiterated his belief “in only one Zionist system–conquest span by span, dunam by dunam.” Addressing himself to the youth of the country, he stated that “no jumps are possible in Palestine. Upbuilding in the Zionist way is hard and long, with many obstacles, which can be overcome only by the strongest endeavor. “In this perilous era,” he concluded, “I still believe that there are magnificent prospects for Zionist enterprise, if we only refuse to retreat and do not turn away from upbuilding.”

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