The sum of $25,000 was donated by Nathan Straus to be used to relieve the refugees who have taken up quarters in the Nathan and Lina Straus Health Centre in Jerusalem, according to an announcement made by David A. Brown, chairman of the Palestine Emergency Fund.
A nationwide appeal for funds has been issued by Mr. Brown, and wires have been sent to the heads of all national Jewish organizations, the heads of all local organizations, the presidents of all synagogues and temples in the United States and Canada, and the key leaders among the Zionists and non-Zionists. In addition, all New York banks have been approached with the request to accept subscriptions for the Palestine Emergency Fund.
The appeal issued by Mr. Brown stated: “In the light of the great tragedy which has come to the Jewish people in Palestine, it is necessary that immediate and large sums be sent over there. An appeal is being made to every synagogue and temple in the United States, with the request that out of their treasury or in some other form as large a sum of money as possible be sent to the headquarters at 111 Fifth Avenue. The conditions in Palestine are impossible of description. Many of our people have been murdered, hundreds have been seriously injured, industry and business are at a standstill. The economic conditions are indescribable. It is essential that every Jew and every lover of humanity come to the aid of the stricken Jews in Palestine at this juncture, who are being made the victims of one of the most brutal and cowardly massacres that has ever been perpetrated in the world’s history.”
It was also announced at Zionist headquarters that all preparations are made for the huge mass meeting that is to be held at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. Among those who have been invited to speak are United States Senator Borah, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Lt. Governor Herbert H. Lehman, Mayor James J. Walker and Congressman Emanuel Celler.