New York (Jun. 23)
Mr. Felix M. Warburg, Honorary Chairman of the American. Palestine Campaign which was launched by Mr. Nahum Sokolov, the President of the Zionist Organisation and the Jewish Agency, in January, and former Chairman of the Administrative Committee of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, reproached Zionists for having given Dr. Weizmann such cruel treatment last year, when he praised Dr. Weizmann’s fund-raising activities on behalf of Palestine, in speaking last night at a dinner held at the Hotel Astor, closing the American Palestine Campaign.
One cannot work in Jewish communal affairs and suit everybody, Mr. Warburg said. We are individualists, and hypersensitive. The way people like Mr. Norman Bentwich, who has surely tried his best, and Dr. Weizmann, who has sacrificed his fortune and health to the Palestine ideals, have been treated by their so-called followers is nothing to be proud of.
Mr. Louis Lipsky, the Chairman of the Campaign, reported that 609,000 dollars have been raised during the campaign.
Other speakers were Mr. Morris Rothenberg, Mr. Nathan Straus, Jnr., and Rabbi A### Hillel Silver.
When the New York drive in the Campaign was launched in March, Mr. Warburg announced that he was contributing 50,000 dollars to the campaign.
“Times are hard”, Mr. Warburg said on that occasion, “but by depriving ourselves of something-and we do not ask for tremendous sacrifice-we can proceed with our programme conservatively, on a sound economic basis. Let us try to proceed steadily, and necessarily slowly, with aggressiveness low, with ideals and humility high”.