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A/AC.21/JA/35
29 March 1948




UNITED NATIONS PALESTINE COMMISSION

COMMUNICATION RECEIVED FROM THE JEWISH AGENCY
FOR PALESTINE CONCERNING ESTABLISHMENT OF PROVISIONAL COUNCIL



The following communication, concerning the establishment and composition of the Provisional Council of Government for the proposed Jewish State, has been received from Mr. Mose Shertok of the Jewish Agency for Palestine.




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THE JEWISH AGENCY FOR PALESTINE
16 East 66th Street
New York 21, N.Y.



March 25, 1948




The Chairman
United Nations Palestine Commission Lake Success, New York

Sir:

In pursuance of the oral representations made by me to the Commission on March 17 on behalf of the Jewish Agency for Palestine and. the National Council of the Jews of Palestine (Vaad Leumi) concerning the appointment of a Provisional Council of Government for the Jewish State, I have the honor now, as a matter of urgency, to reiterate the request that the Provisional Council of the Jewish State should be immediately established and that it be composed as follows:

Mr. David Ben-GurionMr. Itzhak Ben-Zvi
Mr. Fritz BernsteinMr. Eliahu Berligne
Mr. Eliahu DobkinMr. Meyer Grabovski
Rabbi Judah Leib Fishman Mrs. Rachel Kagan
Rabbi Wolf GoldMr. Abraham Katznelaon
Mr. Itzhak GreenbaumSaadia Khuvashi
Mr. Eliezer KaplanDr. Georg Landauer
Mr. Moshe KolodniMr. Evi Lurie
Mrs. Goldie MeyersonMr. Nachum Nir
Mr. Moshe ShapiroMr. David. Pinkas
Mr. Moshe ShertokMr. David Remez
Mr. Berl Repetur
Mr. Mordecai Shatner
Mr. Zorach Warhaftig

2. The above list comprises all the Palestinian members of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, as well as the fall membership of the National Council of the Jews of Palestine (Vaad Leumi). Included are representatives of the following parties and groups:

Palestine Labor Party (Mapay)
General Zionists
Mizrachi (Orthodox Zionists)
Hapoel Hamizrachl
Hashomer Hatzair)
now merged.
Achditt Avoda
Aliya Hadasha
Wizo
Yemenites Organization

3. It is proposed further, that the Provisional Council of Government thus designated be empowered in consultation with the United. Nations Commission to co-opt additional members representing groups both Arab and Jewish, not at present included in the membership of the Jewish Agency for Palestine or the Vaad Leumi. Negotiations with this object in view have been successfully concluded with some Jewish groups and are still in progress with others.

4. Upon the appointment of the Provisional Council of Government it is suggested that the United Nations Palestine Commission should instruct the Provisional Council to proceed with the establishment of a central administrative organ of government as indicated in Article 7 of Part I B of the Resolution of the General Assembly.

5. I venture, in conclusion, to point out that under Article 4 of Part I B of the Resolution of the Assembly, if by 1 April 1948 a Provisional Council of Government has not been set up, the United Nations Palestine Commission will be under the obligation to communicate that fact to the Security Council. It is earnestly hoped that the need for the Commission to report failure in this respect will be obviated by the immediate appointment of the Provisional Council of Government of the Jewish State.


Sincerely yours,

Moshe Shertok


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