Is Not Attacking Zionists But Answering Zionist Attacks, He Says Brown’s Reply Is Admission of Baselessness of His Charges, Neumann Says
The headquarters of the United Jewish Campaign made public yesterday a reply by David A. Brown to the challenge of Emanuel Neumann, general director of the United Palestine Appeal. Mr. Neumann, in a statement issued on behalf of the Administrative Committee of the Zionist Organization of America, challenged Brown to withdraw his charge that Zionists attacked the United Jewish Campaign because of the refusal of the Joint Distribution Committee to enter into a secret agreement with the Zionist Organization in 1925 whereby any deficit of the Keren Hayesod would have been covered by the proceeds of the United Jewish Campaign.
In his reply, Mr. Brown points out that his recent statement was in reply to the attacks made upon him by Louis Lipsky and “a few of his satellites.”
Mr. Brown who wired his reply from Detroit to the offices of the United Jewish Campaign in New York City for release to the press says:
“I have just read Emanuel Neumann’s rather noisy, bombastic, largeworded statement and have no desire to dignify it by a lengthy reply. That ‘a guilty conscience is its own accuser’ is borne out by the fact that Mr. Neumann takes it upon himself to give answer. It is a well known fact in legal procedure that the attorney lacking a case challenges, makes counter charges, uses terms such as ‘false’ and ‘mischievous’ without the slightest foundation, petty recriminations, vituperation and billingsgate.
“Mr. Neumann befogs the issue just as does a shyster lawyer in building up a defense by trying to create the impression that I am attacking the Zionists of America. No one reading my statement can find anything resembling an attack on the Zionists. My statement was an answer to a series of vicious attacks upon me by Louis Lipsky and a few of his satellites. It is well known that Emanuel Neumann is Louis Lipsky’s ‘man Friday,’ inhaling only when Lipsky exhales and with an ear attuned to his master’s voice.
“If it ever becomes necessary to lay before the Jews of America the story of intrigue and cheap politics of that group who live on Zionism instead of for Zionism in connection with their series of attacks upon the United Jewish Campaign and those responsible for its conduct let me make clear that I have this story in its chronological order and if ever presented to the Jews of this country would result in throwing into the discard many of the so-called leaders of American Zionism.”
Emanuel Neumann, commenting on Mr. Brown’s reply, declared yesterday:
“It is obviously impossible to continue the discussion with one who offers insults and vituperation in place of fact and argument. Mr. Brown has rashly made certain charges which were declared to be false. He was challenged to produce any evidence that would substantiate his charges or acknowledge
his mistake. Instead he produces this. I cannot undertake to compete with such a Niagara of abuse. A reply of this character is tantamount to a complete admission of the baselessness of his charges.”