London (May. 20)
Dr. Chaim Weizmann president of the World Zionist Organization reported today the results of his visit to America, at the public reception give in his honor, under the chairmanship of Sir Alfred Mond, former British Minister for Public Works.
Sir Alfred Mond praised the work of Dr. Weizmann in America, terming it a “triumphant progress.” “The Zionist Organization” he said, “is receiving more and more recognition in the political world.”
Sir Alfred also commented upon the efforts of Louis Marshall in the task of forming the American branch of the Jewish Agency, and praised Mr. Marshall for his devotion and efforts.
Great merriment was caused at the meeting by Sir Alfred when he stated that now, after having endured American hospitality for a period of six months, Dr. Weizmann would be able to stand almost anything.
Dr. Weizmann in his speech stated that the results of his voyage to America were satisfactory. The Keren Hayesod now has sufficient funds to carry on the most necessary work up till the end of 1925.
“American Jewry, as I observed it, is alive to Jewish problems and to Palestine,” said Dr. Weizmann. “This is due to the increase of anti-Semitism, the new immigration bill passed by Congress, and to the realization, which is growing greater and greater, that Palestine is the only place where the existence of the Jewish people can be secure.
“Many American Jewish leaders,” Dr. Weizmann concluded, “believe that Palestine could be built up within the next twenty years. The co-operation between the Zionists and the non-Zionists is indeed possible if the Zionists will meet the non-Zionists in the right spirit, and start the great work of reconstruction on a joint platform. After this will have been accomplished in America, the rest of the Jewish communities will follow.”
Speeches of welcome were also delivered by Nahum Sokolow, Mr. Naiditch and Mr. Joseph Cowen, who expressed the hope that Sir Alfred Mond would visit America again.