Buffalo, N. Y. (Oct. 27)
“Zionism will outlive England’s betrayal,” was the message sent by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, world-Zionist leader, to the annual convention of Hadassah, the woman’s Zionist organization, which met here today. Two hundred delegates representing 44 states dedicated themselves once more to their work of re-building Palestine. “During our history, we Jews have received harder blows than these, but in the end we always came out the victors. In spite of our enemies, Zionism will survive,” said Dr. Weizmann.
The leader’s sentiments were re-echoed by all the Hadassah speakers. “May I say for the weak sisters that no haven is too far for a pilgrim who has been on his way for two thousand years!” was the woman’s pledge as voiced by Mrs. Edward Jacobs.
Mrs. Robert Szold, national president of Hadassah, opened the convention at 2 p. m. with a report of the year’s activities. Messages were read from Col. Kisch, Dr. Chaim Weizmann, and Felix M. Warburg, Zionist and Jewish Agency leaders.
At the evening session Mrs. Irma Lindheim presided. Mrs. Jacobs said, “The Jews were in Palestine before the Mandate, and have never left. Egypt could not crush them. No other power will.”
Miss Henrietta Szold, woman Zionist leader just returned from Palestine, appeared at the sessions, though very ill due to her shock at hearing the news of the new British Palestine policy while on shipboard.
In a vigorous speech Miss Zold denounced Great Britain, “I have no Mandate from Palestine, I am not an official ambassador, but I bring you a message from the land I love. Hadassah is loved and valued in Palestine. This latest attempt to murder the Jewish soul will not succeed as far as did the murdering of Jewish bodies last year,” said Miss Szold. “We did not expect that Great Britain, the lover of justice, could so far forget herself. I would love to take you all to Palestine, so that you could see, as I have seen, what is being done.”
Miss Szold criticized the Atlantic Monthly for a recent article on Palestine written “with absolute prejudice and no word of truth.”