Coming Here to Push Palestine Appeal Drive, Marks Tells ZOA

A categorical denial of newspaper reports that there is a plan afoot to aid Jews to emigrate from Germany by flooding world markets with German goods was issued last night by the Zionist organization of America’s executive committee over the signatures of Dr. Stephen S, Wise, Louis Lipsky and Morris Rothenberg,

The statement said authorization had been received from Simen Marks, British chain store magnate and Zionist leader, to say that his contemplated visit to the United States with Sir Herbert Samuel and Lord Bearsted was for the purpose of helping to raise funds to facilitate large-scale settlement of German Jews in Palestine. Mr. Marks was quoted as denying the delegation intended to launch a scheme for flooding world markets with Reich goods.

“It is unthinkable, ” the statement said, “that Jews will participate in any such scheme as has been reported in the press, under which German Jews are to be held as hostages until they are ransomed by Jewish money to be used in stimulating German trade.”

The statement added that “any proposal to solve the Jewish problem in Germany must take into consideration the recommendations submitted last week by Mr. James G, McDonald in his letter of resignation as High Commissioner for Refugees…”

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