nations have all but closed their doors to immigration, Palestine should assume the commanding role as a country of Jewish immigration. Perhaps it is providential, but the Zionists may assert without immodesty that they have been in this instance instruments of Providence. But for their devotion, their obstinacy and their inspiration, Palestine would not be today the unchallenged center of Jewish reconstruction. The imporance of Palestine will continue to grow from year to year. Those who today are helped into Palestine in the name of relief become tomorrow the instruments of help to others.
“In our justified satisfaction with the growth of the Jewish Homeland, we must not lose our sense of larger proportions. It would be not merely a mistake, it would be a complete denial of our historic role if we were to assert that the Zionist task is even approaching completion. For it has only just begun. We are but on the thresh-hold of the establishment of the Jewish Homeland. Not only is it necessary to continue to the utmost our efforts to secure the funds required for upbuilding activities but we must press forward in such other directions as may be required to make possible the increase of Jewish immigration into Palestine, so that the maximum number of Jews may settle there in the shortest possible time and so that the letter and spirit of the Mandate providing for the establishment of a Jewish National Home made more urgent by the tragic Jewish position, may find the fullest realization. It is to further this purpose that the Zionist Organization has initiated the National Conference on Palestine, to be held on January 20, 1935, which also marks the first annual Palestine Day.”
The conference adopted plans for inauguration of the Zionist extension fund, and for the convocation of the American all-Jewish Conference for Palestine, to be held in Washington next January. The date of this conference, which will assemble more than 1,000 delegates from all over the country, will be designated as Palestine Day throughout the United States. Present preparations call for the celebration of Palestine Day on January 20. The extension fund will be employed to increase educational and cultural activities in this country and to provide for the national conference.