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Revisionist Leader Urges Jews to Discontinue Sending of Funds to Palestine

August 12, 1930
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A recommendation that the Zionist Revisionists develop a political and international offensive against the British policy in Palestine was made by Meer Grossman, Revisionist leader, speaking here yesterday at the fourth world conference of the Union of Zionist Revisionists. Mr. Grossman also urged that world Jewry discontinue sending funds to Palestine.

“The Zionist movement,” he said, “is undergoing a period of stagnation which may endure if Great Britain continues, her present policy. If Jews send to Palestine just the amounts necessary to maintain the small Jewish center there the budget of the Palestine government and the Arabs as well will suffer. Great Britain will then be compelled to realize how important the Jewish contribution is to Palestine’s growth.”

Mr. Grossman charged that only five percent of the Jewish funds raised for Palestine is actually used for Jewish needs, while the remainder, he declared, was used for maintaining the administration of Palestine and subsidizing Arab schools and sanitation activities.

“We must ask Great Britain whether it wishes to choose between world Jewry and the Arabs,” Mr. Grossman said. “Upon the reply depends whether we can continue to entrust that country with the Mandate for Palestine.” He declared that the Revisionists would never identify themselves with any government but would orientate themselves under any government that would “build up Palestine as a Jewish Home with a Jewish majority, no matter whether this government be British or otherwise.”

Mr. Grossman warned the conference that if the Zionist Organization did not adopt the recommendations of the Revisionists the latter would be compelled to act as a separate body, “which means quitting the Zionist ranks,” he concluded.

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