Felicitations to the Jews in America for their action in recently establishing a Keren Kayemeth League, a nation-wide body created for the purpose of fostering the Palestine Land Plan, were contained in a resolution adopted by the 17th Zionist Congress, the text of which has just been received in this country by Harry J. Kahn, acting president of the Jewish National Fund of America. The resolution, which was adopted unanimously, declares:
“The Congress has heard with deep gratification of the action taken at the National Conference of American Zionists held in Washington, D. C. on February 8, 1931 which resulted in the solemn and enthusiastic acceptance, with the support of all parties, of the proposals presented by Menachem Ussishkin concerning a great project for the benefit of the Jewish National Fund. The Congress appeals to the Jews of America to lend their enthusiastic support to the Keren Kayemeth League in order to make possible the speedy realization of the plan.
“The Seventeenth Zionist Congress declares that in the present moment when the redemption of the soil as the basis for the National Home has been shifted to the center of our upbuilding work, a double duty rests upon every member of the Zionist Organization, regardless of party affiliations, to enlist in the service of the Jewish National Fund and to actively participate in all collections and enterprises of the Fund. Only then will the Jewish National Fund be able to fulfil its central task in Palestine”.
The National Keren Kayemeth League which has branches in 109 Jewish communities in 32 States of the Union is headed by an executive committee consisting of 26 members.