Confidence that the stoppage of Jewish immigration into Palestine was only temporary, and that the British Government had not changed its policy with regard to facilitating the establishment there of a Jewish homeland, was expressed by Felix M. Warburg, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Palestine. at a luncheon by Zionist leaders of this city to James N. Rosenberg, chairman of the New York Allied Jewish Campaign at the Hotel Biltmore yesterday.
“However, the Jews have a right to ask prompt action of the British Government to relieve the situation, and to allay the tense feeling of the Jewish people everywhere,” Mr. Warburg declared.
“On the other hand, the Jews must show that they have a real interest in Palestine, and that they are backing up that interest not merely by speeches and by resolutions, but by giving money for its upbuilding. The larger their financial sacrifices for the sake of Palestine, the larger will be their influence with the British Government.”
Support for the work of the Jewish Agency, through contributions to the Allied Jewish Campaign, Mr. Warburg said, would have a wholesome effect on the morale of the Jews in Palestine. “It will show them that the Jews of America are with them, and will give them strength to go on with their work,” he said.
About forty Zionist leaders, all of whom are taking active part in the New York Allied Jewish Campaign, including Mrs. Robert Szold, national president of the Hadassah, and Mrs. Rose Jacobs, chairman of Hadassah’s Palestine Committee, participated in yesterday’s luncheon to Chairman Rosenberg. The host was Morris Rothenberg, vice-president of the Zionist organization of America and one of the national chairmen of the Allied Jewish Campaign. Optimism as to the outcome of the New York “drive” which will officially begin next Tuesday was expressed by all of the speakers.