Berlin (Dec. 29)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
A new attack on the Zionist movement and on the recognition conferred upon it by non-Jewish statesmen in Germany was made in a statement issued by the Federation of National German Jews, the extreme wing of the German assimilationists.
The statement was issued following the creation recently of a Pro-Palestine Committee which was joined by leading German statesmen headed by the Prussian Prime Minister, Braun, Minister of Religions Baecker, Speaker of the Parliament Loebe, and Count von Bernstorff, former German Ambassador to the United States.
It is unfortunate that the Jewish nationalists have again succeeded in persuading prominent statesmen to accept Zionism, due to the Zionists’ statements that the upbuilding of Palestine is a charitable work, the statement declares.
“Speaking in the name of all loyal German Jews, we declare that these statesmen have received biased information. The upbuilding of Palestine is a purely Jewish national work which is extremely dangerous for German Jews by alienating the Jewish youth from its loyalty to the Fatherland, thus destroying the unity of the German nation,” the statement of the National German Jews declares.
PALESTINE TOBACCO FOR UNITED STATES
An effort to place Palestine tobacco on the American market, thus creating possibilities for the development of tobacco growing in Palestine, is now being made by the Palestine Tobacco Corporation, with headquarters at 12 East 12th Street, New York City.
A cigarette factory has been established by the corporation. The product of the company is known as the Balfour Cigarette, made of a Palestine and Turkish tobacco blend.
The debating team of the Harvard University Menorah Society defeated that of the City College Menorah Society by a vote of 2 to 1 Tuesday night at City College. Harvard took the affirmative of the question, “Resolved, that Our Judaism is better than the Judaism of our grandfathers.” The winning team was composed of Harold W. Rose, Benjamin Goldman and Carl C. Alpern, and the rival team comprised Abraham Putterman, Robert Marcus and Charles M. Shapiro. The judges were Dr. David de Sola Pool, Susan Brandeis and Emanuel Schwartz.
The national convention of the Intercollegiate Menorah Association held its first meeting of a three-day session at the Civic Club on Tuesday. More than a hundred delegates from colleges and universities throughout the country were present, and representatives from units in British Columbia, California, Texas, Massachusetts and many other sections of North America read reports telling of the work done in promoting Jewish culture and ideals at the colleges.
Henry Hurwitz, chancellor of the Intercollegiate Menorah Association, opened the meeting. Harry Starr, vice-president, presided.
Louis Fabricant, counsel to the Voluntary Defenders’ Committee, will resign on Jan. 1st from the post of “public defender”, which he has held for ten years. Mr. Fabricant will resume his private practice after the first of the year.