Jewish Delegation Goes to Washington; Senators to See Roosevelt
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Jewish Delegation Goes to Washington; Senators to See Roosevelt

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With Senator Robert F. Wagner arranging for a group of senators to see president Roosevelt to seek united states government action on the pales tine question, a delegation representing the principal Jewish organizations was preparing today to go to Washington tomorrow to express to british ambassador sir Ronald Lindsay the concern of american Jews about reports of threatened changes in Britain’s Jewish homeland policy.

The delegation will see Sir Ronald at 10 a.m. It includes representatives of all Zionist organizations, and also the American Jewish Committee, the American Jewish Congress, B’nai B’rith, the Jewish Labor Committee, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States and the Palestine Economic Corporation. At 7:45 p.m. the plea to the Ambassador will be summed up to the nation by Dr. solomon Goldman, president of the Zionist organization of America, speaking from Washington over the Blue network of the National Broadcasting Company on “The Crisis in Palestine.”

Senator Wagner, in announcing that he and a group of associates were arranging to see the President, expressed concern over reports that Britain planned to halt Jewish immigration. he declared that constituents from every part of New York State had voiced concern lest pales tine be barred as a haven to the great number of Jews “for whom a land of settlement must be found if they are not to be completely destroyed.”

While the group of Senators was preparing to see the President, New York Representatives were also acting. All eight u.s. representatives from Brooklyn, representing a constituency of 2,750,000 persons, held a meeting and telegraphed President Roosevelt and Secretary of State Hull urging American intervention with Britain to safeguard the internationally-guaranteed pledges to the Jews on Palestine.

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