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(The purpose of the Digest is informative: Preference is given to papers not generally accessible to our readers. Quotation does not indicate approval.-Editor.)

The Jewish writers who deprecate the raising of money in the U. S. and abroad to employ counsel and obtain expert testimony for the defense of Schwartzbard, are criticized by the editor of the “American Israelite,” who, in the issue of June 10, observes on the subject:

“The editor of “The Israelite” is far from being a young man, in fact, he is the Dean of the profession, but the blood in his veins is still red and this is one of the occasions when it boils. He can not see how any Jew, and more especially, an American Jew, can be so coldblooded as to be willing to allow Schwartzbard to go undefended, or even unsupplied with every possible means, not only that he be acquitted, but that his family be provided for while he is in prison, awaiting trial, or if he is condemned that they be cared for permanently.”

OBJECTS TO HAKOAH PLAYERS JOINING AMERICAN TEAMS

The report that some members of the Hakoah Soccer Team have signed with American teams to play here, is deplored by Jacob Fishman in the “Jewish Morning Journal.”

“It would appear.” Mr. Fishman says, “that the Hakoah players who signed with American teams did not appreciate the love and enthusiasm shown them by the American Jews. The enthusiasm for the Hakoah was not meant for individual soccer players, but for the special Jewish character of the Hakoah Organization. Therefore, when the best Hakoah players leave the team in search of profits, it makes an unpleasant impression.

“We do not know whether the leaders of the Hakoah are responsible for this. but we believe their veto on such contracts would have its effect.”

“CENTURY MAGAZINE” ON ZIONISM

A review of the history of the modern Zionist movement and a discussion of the present situation in Palestine, is contained in the current number of the “Century Magazine,” from the pen of Meyer W. Weisgal, editor of the “New Palestine” and Secretary of the Zionist Organization of America.

Mr. Weisgal discusses the double aspect of Zionism as a solution to the physical problem confronting the Jewish nation, and as a solution to the spiritual problem, namely, that of freeing the Jewish spirit for cultural activity. A review of the objections raised to Zionism concludes the article. To the argument that the Jewish people come to Palestine “in defiance of the wishes of inhabitants who have occupied the territory for eighteen centuries.” he points out that the Arabs share with the Jews in the improvements brought about by Zionist activity in Palestine and that the relations between the two people are constaintly improving.

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