London (May. 14)
A wish for the unification of all sections of English Jewry in the interest of the Palestine rebuilding work was expressed by Sir John Chancellor, High Commissioner of Palestine, in his message of greeting to the opening of the exhibition of Palestine products arranged here under the auspices of the Jewish National Fund. Lord Melchett presided.
The work of the Jewish National Fund can compare not unfavorbly with enterprises with which he is acquainted in other parts of the world, declared the High Commissioner of Palestine.
In his address Lord Melchett stated that he never thought he would play the role of “king of schnorrers” but that he did so for the cause of beloved Eretz Israel. The difficulty of Zionism within a few years may not be a lack of money or immigration, but the impossibility of acquiring land because no one will sell, he stated. Timely, prompt and generous action is vital to assure the success of the national movement. Lord Melchett said that he had contributed Â£15,000 to the Jewish National Fund work, which fact he mentioned in order to encourage others to give.
Colonial Secretary Amery, in his letter regretting his inability to be present, stated that many people are still under the impression that Palestine has only a past to boast of. He hopes the exhibition will convince them that the exhibition will convince them that, with the inspiration of the past, creative energy will be furnished for the realization of the future.
Dr. Chaim Weizmann, president of the World Zionist Organization, and M. M. Ussishkin, head of the Jewish National Fund, sent greetings.
Lord Plumer, former High Commissioner of Palestine, in declaring the exhibition open, said the exhibits serve as a testimony to the country’s progress. From his personal experience he attributes this progress to the establishment of public security without which a standstill in trade and industry would have been inevitable. Progress was also due to the marked diminution of racial differences which, although not altogether eliminated, are no longer in the forefront.
Lord Plumer further described the development of communication and transportation. Reasonable rates have been established and will be extended overseas through the Haifa liarbor. He expressed the hope that the exhibition would result in the creation of a depot or agency in London for the sale of Palestinian goods. Lord Allenby proposed a vote of thanks to Lord Melchett and Lord Plumer.