Lucerne (Sep. 5)
An appeal to the Jews of the world to raise $5,000,000 in the next two years to finance the colonization of 2,000 workers’ families in Palestine, was issued early today by the Council of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, now in session here.
The appeal was issued following an address by Dr. Arthur Hantke of Jerusalem, head of the Keren Hayesod, Zionist colonizing fund, concerning the urgent colonizing needs in Palestine today.
Lady Erleigh, who was first speaker in the General debate, declared “our task in Palestine is not only to build up Palestine, but to raise the Jewish Spirit.”
Sholom Asch, noted Jewish author, described the suffering of Jews in Eastern European countries, and demanded “the institution of hachshara training farms, not only for prospective pioneer workers for Palestine, but also for the so-called capitalist categories of Jews who can scrape together $5,000.”
Dr. Maurice B. Hexter of Jerusalem, member of the Executive of the Jewish Agency, also spoke.
The remainder of the day today will be devoted to committee sessions.