Messages from Secretary of the Interior Harold L. Ickes and Secretary of War George Dern in connection with the National Conference on Palestine, which opens in Washington this Sunday, were made public yesterday by the Zionist Organization of America.
Secretary Ickes wrote that “the remarkable achievement of the Jewish people in Palestine, in reviving and revitalizing that historic place as a national home for the Jews, deserves the admiration and applause of mankind.”
The message from his Cabinet colleague stated that the material and spiritual advancement of the Jews in Palestine was “a source of great gratification” to Jews and Christians alike.
Morris Rothenberg, president of the Zionist Organization, yesterday issued a proclamation designating Sunday as Palestine Day throughout the United States and calling upon all communities to celebrate the occasion with proper exercises.
More than 400 cities have already made preparations to celebrate the day, it was announced. The entire Jewish community, not only the Zionists, will participate, it was emphasized.