Jerusalem (Mar. 28)
Tel Aviv is in brilliant holiday mood to-day for the opening of the World Maccabiade Jewish Sports Festival. Houses, shops and cars are decorated with Zionist flags and with Maccabean symbols. The Hebrew papers hail the Maccabiade in their editorials as encouraging Palestine Jewry and all Jewry in these hard times.
A torchlight procession organised by the Palestine Maccabee Organisation was held last night in Tel Aviv in honour of the thousands of visitors who have arrived from all over the world to attend the Maccabiade. A big reception, attended by over 5,000 people was held afterwards at the Beth Am, at which Mr. Mayer Dizengoff, the Mayor of Tel Aviv, Dr. Selig Brodetsky, member of the Jewish Agency Executive, and Miss Henrietta Szold, spoke in welcome, and Mr. Lelewel, the President of the Maccabee World Organisation, and Mr. Nadar, the leader of the Palestine Maccabee, replied, declaring that by physical strength and love for Palestine all Jewish difficulties will be overcome.
Mrs. Ben Jehudah, the widow of the famous Hebrew lexicographer, has given to the Maccabee World Organisation the silver cup which was presented by the American Young Judea Organisation to the late Mr. Ben Jehudah when he returned to Palestine in 1919, and the cup will be awarded to the winner of the present world Maccabiade.