NEW YORK (Apr. 12)
If the Palestine Jews would devote to the winning of Arab friendship the energy and ingenuity they are devoting to building their homeland, “the battle would be over in short order,” Phelps Adams, member of the staff of the New York Sun, who recently visited Palestine, today told 1,500 women at the annual donor luncheon of New York Hadassah at the Hotel Waldorf-Astoria.
Regardless of whether Palestine is partitioned, Jew and Arab must continue to live side by side, Mr. Adams said, and “the Jews in Palestine will never be at home there until they have overcome the Arab hatred that is spreading today more rapidly and more extensively than I care to think about.”
Mrs. Moses P. Epstein, national president of Hadassah, announced that the Jerusalem medical center, comprising a 300-bed hospital, post-graduate medical college and a nurses’ training school, being built at a cost of $900,000, will be completed and ready for occupancy by next September.
Mrs. Nathan D. Perlman, president of New York Hadassah, reported that the chapter had raised $75,000 in the past year, representing an all-time high, although the quota assigned was $47,000. Of the sum raised, the Youth Aliyah will receive $35,000.
Another $15,000 was pledged from the floor for the Youth Aliyah after an appeal by Eddie Cantor, the actor, who also warned that Nazism was spreading to the United States and urged measures to combat it. Col. Josiah Wedgwood, Laborite member of Parliament, declared that Palestine was the only hope for the Jewish people and said the new immigration schedule made it possible to bring in a greater number of German Jewish youths through the Youth Aliyah movement than ever before.