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Wave of Indignation and Protest Continues in Jewish Communities of United States

Severe condemnation of what was termed Great Britain’s failure to carry out the Balfour Mandate and the Mandate in Palestine was voiced by 4000 Chicagoans at a huge mass meeting held here last night.

Judge Harry H. Fisher presided. Speakers included Rabbi A. Cardon, who spoke in behalf of the Kehillah, Rabbi Solomon Goldman of Anshe Emes Congregation, Rabbi Solomon B. Freehof of the Zeire Zion, and Miss Pearl Franklin, Chairman of the Chicago Hadassah, who preesnted the resolutions. Rabbi Ephraim Epstein opened the meeting with a prayer.

An Emergency Relief Committee will be formed to raise funds for the victims of the Arab massacres will be formed. Prayers to memorialize the Jewish dead in Palestine will be held in all the synagogues of Chicago today, it was announced.

In a series of resolutions adopted which will be forwarded to the British Colonial Office it was charged that responsibility for the outrages rests with the Palestine Administrative officials and Arab agitators.

Palestine officials were held inefficient and criminally culpable in failing to uphold British rule in peaceful manner. Their actions were characterized as breach of trust to their own government and the world. Confidence was expressed that British will spare no efforts to restore law and order. It was urged that all offenders be brought to justice and dealt with accordingly; that negligent and incompetent British officials be removed from office; that the Palestine police force be so organized that lawlessness be suppressed immediately and enough Jews on the force to insure such action; that compensation be not an added burden on Jewish farmers and merchants in Palestine who had nothing to do with disorders; that the doors of Palestine be opened to all Jews; that disagreement over the Wailing Wall be settled judiciously and quickly and that the British restate to the world their obligations in Palestine on both the Mandate and Balfour Note and to insure establishment in Palestine of Jewish Homeland, by their determination to build up Palestine as the Jewish Homeland.

A resolution was also adopted conveying to Jews of Palestine the assurance that Chicago Jews are heartened by the manifestations of devotion and heroic struggle to unswervingly stand by their determination to build up Palestine as the Jewish Homeland.