Washington (Jan. 18)
A message from President Roosevelt is scheduled to be read at the initial session of the two-day National Conference for Palestine when it opens at Memorial Continental Hall of the Daughters of the American Revolution here on Sunday afternoon.
The conference will be attended by 1,500 leaders of Jewish communities from every part of the country, who will consider a program for speeding the upbuilding of the Jewish National Home, so that it may absorb a continually greater number of homeless Jews. Initiated by the Zionist Organization of America, the gathering is sponsored by many Jewish national organizations.
President Roosevelt has indicated his approval of the project of rebuilding Palestine in a letter to Morris Rothenberg, president of the Zionist Organization of America. An excerpt from the letter follows:
“I regret that the inescapable pressure of official business prevents me from accepting the invitation to address the Palestine conference to be held in Washington.
“On many former occasions I have expressed my deep and abiding interest in all that pertains to the development, material and otherwise, of the great conception of creating in Palestine a home of happiness and prosperity for those of the people of the Jewish race who turn to the land of their fathers.”
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The National Conference for Palestine coincides with the nationwide observance of Palestine Day, which hereafter will be celebrated each year as a Jewish holiday. More than 400 communities throughout the country have arranged exer-