An appeal to the Jews of America, and particularly to those who have already contributed to the United Palestine Appeal, to make a success of the nation-wide effort to raise $500,000 in cash for Palestine by the end of the month, has been issued by Judge William M. Lewis of Philadelphia, national chairman of the United Palestine Appeal. Judge Lewis’ message is based upon cabled advices which have been received from Palestine indicating that drastic cuts might be made in Zionist activities during the next few months, unless remittances from America were forthcoming.
Declaring that Palestine would suffer to a considerable extent unless American Jews made good on their pledges to the fund for Palestine reconstruction work. Judge Lewis made the following statement:
“I take this occasion to issue an urgent plea to all contributors of the United Palestine Appeal to do their utmost to make a success of the effort to raise $500,000 in cash during Palestine Redemption Weeks. I am reliably informed from Palestine that unless American Jewry keeps its promise of proving a certain, large part of the Palestine budget, that Zionist activities, which have been progressing so rapidly, will suffer a severe setback. It is imperative that all United Palestine Appeal Committees throughout the country make a determined effort to secure the redemption of all outstanding pledges. It is of the utmost importance that every contributor, whether the amount be large or small, turn in the cash for pledges previously made during the campaign. American Jewry cannot afford to fail Palestine at this critical juncture, when plans are being prepared for the union of all forces in American Jewry. The summer months loom up as serious obstacles to Palestine’s progress, unless contributors to the United Palestine Appeal can send the $500,000 in cash to Palestine by the end of this month.”
A special session of the convention of the Zionist Organization of America, to be held in Detroit, will be devoted to the affairs of the United Palestine Appeal. Delegates from all parts of the country will report on the sums that have been raised in their communities toward the $500,000.