The serious handicaps which the general economic crisis in Europe have placed upon the work of raising the European quotas for the Keren Hayesod are shown in reports from the headquarters of the Keren Hayesod in London, made public by Emanuel Neumann, National Director of the United Palestine Appeal. The reports contain messages from the workers sent out by the London headquarters to Salonica, Warsaw and Bielzi, Bessarablia. Despite the serious obstacles, the work is being carried on, but a serious shortage in the European contribution to the Keren Hayesod is inevitable.
The situation in Salonica is described as follows:
“Serious merchants of more than forty years’ standing in business declare they have never experienced a crisis as acute as the present one. The lack of money and credit, which has been experienced now for nearly six months, is further aggravated by a forced loan.”
Dr. Hantke, the well known Zionist leader, who has been at work on behalf of the Keren Hayesod in Warsaw reports on conditions in that city: “The economic situation has become much worse in the last eight days. The situation is already being compared with the period of occupation. Nevertheless our officials have now more confidence than three weeks ago and are very hard at work in carrying out the program of work.”
“The crisis which these reports bring so vividly before us speaks a clear message to the Jews of America who are interested that our work in Palestine shall not suffer a setback. The United Palestine Appeal for $5,000,000 must be brought to a completely successful conclusion. The stricken Jews of Europe to whom Palestine offers the only escape by emigration have a right to expect this of their American brethren.” Mr. Neumann declared in a statement issued.
The Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society of America, (Hias), will hold its Seventeenth Annual Meeting on Sunday afternoon, April 11th, 1926, in Public School No. 62, New York City.