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City Council Urges U.S. to Act

The City Council has adopted a resolution urging President Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull, in view of proposals for establishment of an independent state in Palestine, to intercede with the British Government for maintenance of the Jewish homeland and uninterrupted immigration.

A quota of 200,000 shekels (certificates attesting support of the Zionist movement) was adopted today by a special conference of the Poale Zion-Zeire Zion called to prepare for the Twenty-First Zionist Congress. A declaration adopted by the approximately 700 delegates said the sale of the shekels would serve as evidence of labor Zionism’s intention to continue the upbuilding in Palestine. House-to-house canvasses and other means of selling shekels are planned. Officers were elected, headed by Louis Segal, chairman. Speakers at today’s session, at the Capitol Hotel, included Isaac Hamlin, Joseph Baratz, Baruch Zuckerman, Joseph Sehlossberg and Dr. Saul. Sokol of Vienna. American Jewry stands “shoulder to shoulder” in opposition to British proposals that would “reduce the Jewish people to a minority in Palestine,” the conference was told last night by David Wertheim, executive secretary.

A telegram protesting the Britih plan was sent to Secretary Hull by the Jewish Labor Committee (non-Zionist). The Committee requested that Mr. Hull transmit the telegram to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.

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