New York (Dec. 2)
Jewish leaders and delegates representing all divisions of the movement dedicated to the upbuilding of Palestine met here yesterday in a “United Front for Palestine” conference. A $2,500,000 United Palestine Campaign, headed by the Palestine Foundation Fund and Jewish National Fund as equal partners, supported by the Mizrachi Organization, the Poale Zion, Hadassah and all other Palestinian agencies, was ratified by the 1,500 delegates who convened in the grand ballroom of the Hotel Biltmore.
The meeting was addressed by prominent Zionist and non-Zionist leaders. Dr. Stephen S. Wise, who presided, declared that “unless we rebuild the Jewish people in the Jewish land, the position of the Jew everywhere remains insecure,” and described the conference as “the rebirth of the Zionist movement in America.”
Dr. Wise, Morris Rothenberg, president of the Zionist Organization of America, Louis Lipsky, American member of the World Zionist Executive, Judge William M. Lewis of Philadelphia and other Zionist leaders emphasized in their talks that amity would prevail between the Z.O.A. and the Joint Distribution Committee, formerly aligned together in the United Jewish Appeal drives of the past two years. They declared, however, that as important as ameliorative and palliative measures are in relieving the suffering of the oppressed Jews of Germany, Poland and other lands, that the only “permanent solution of the Jewish problem can be found on the soil of Palestine.”
Dr. Maurice Hexter, American non-Zionist member of the Jewish Agency, a resident of Palestine, conveyed to the session a promise of support from Felix M. Warburg. He indicated that a great need exists for additional public funds in Palestine, in order to aid the colonization of vast numbers of chalutzim. Other non-Zionist speakers were Dr. Maurice J. Karpf, another member of the Jewish Agency, Dr. Cyrus Adler, president of the American Jewish Committee.
Other speakers included: Dr. Israel Goldstein, president of the Jewish National Fund, Berl Locker of London, member of the World Zionist Executive, Ludwig Lewisohn, Dr. Franz Oppenheimer, Elihu D. Stone of Boston, Leon Gellman, president of the Mizrachi Organization of America, Nathan Straus, David Wertheim, secretary of Poale Zion.