Jerusalem (Sep. 23)
“The days of grief must be followed by days of work,” declares an appeal issued by the head office of the Keren Hayesod here over the signature of Leib Jaffe. The appeal was sent to all committees of the Palestine Foundation Fund throughout the world. Confidence in Zionist leadership and the British government is expressed in the declaration.
“The whole Palestine Yishub as well as the Jewish people of the Diaspora are still laboring under the impression of the tragic events of recent date,” the declaration states. “Heroically contemptuous of all danger, the Yishub knew how to defend itself as it has not been called upon to do since the day of the expulsion. The whole Jewish population of Eretz Israel stood shoulder to shoulder, facing the common danger, unmindful of differences of opinion and grouping knowing that it was fighting for the Homeland and liberation.
“Throughout the world, Jewry, even in the most remote parts, was shaken to its very depths. In these days we have seen the meaning of Eretz Israel to the Jewish people and to what extent the Jewish soul is bound up with the new building and life of our country. The people arose as one man, coming to our rescue. The Jewish youth of every country stood ready to come here. The Jewish masses rushed forward, showing their eagerness to help.
“The worst is now over. The days of grief must be followed by days of work. It is for us to envisage the future, building up what has been destroyed, continuing the work with redoubled energy and increased faith. The political work is in responsible hands. We are convinced that the British government fully realizes her responsibility before the world and will fulfill her duty to punish the guilty, make provision for the security of the Jewish population and create conditions favorable for achieving our aim. It is well known how to establish a way toward friendly cooperation, above the heads of the agitators and evil-doers, as has been our aim all along.
“The response of the Jewish people to the recent events will be to multiply its energies and increase our strength to proceed with our work, with determined will and unshakeable faith. In place of a destroyed settlement, we will erect ten. New immigrants coming to consolidate our position will create new ones. The structure of the Jewish National Home will stand more firmly than ever before.
“In a short time the Keren Hayesod campaigns will be initiated in every country. Now is the moment to enlist every section and class of the Jewish people in our ranks. Every Jew whose heart trembles for the fate of Eretz Israel will be with us. In these days
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of stress every active and creative element will join us.
“We are convinced all Keren Hayesod workers, friends and sympathizers will throw themselves into the work with exemplary devotion and zeal. The Keren Hayesod is the chief financial instrument of the Jewish Agency and must now more than ever stand near every constructive effort in Palestine. The ready response of our people must be transmuted into deeds, must find expression in the furtherance of immigration and colonization. If we are capable of rising to the demandls of the hour, the sacrifice was not brought vainly,” the appeal concludes: