Senator Mead Asks for Complete Mobilization of Palestine Jewish Manpower

Senator James M. Mead, in a radio address today, asked the United Nations to “muster every available man” among the Jewish population in Palestine to help in the struggle against the advancing Axis forces in the Middle East.

“Already the Jewish community in Palestine has given of itself, of its manpower and resources and energy,” the Senator declared. “But there are many more who are clamoring for the opportunity to serve, who are passionately eager to give their all in freedom’s battle.” The Senator warned that the United Nations have failed so far to avail themselves fully of the Jewish reservoir of “strength and courage” in Palestine.

“Tonight, we are at the eleventh hour. Every minute we delay the full mobilization of the Jews of Palestine as a fighting force, standing freely and equally in the ranks of the United Nations, we are jeopardizing the victory on which the future of mankind rests.”

Senator Mead recalled that 20 years ago, on June 30, 1922, Congress passed an unanimous resolution supporting the Jewish National Homeland in Palestine, signed by President Harding and reaffirmed by every subsequent American President. He described this support of a Jewish Palestine as “an act of elementary justice” and said that events within the past 20 years proved “that our faith was not misplaced nor our optimism unfounded.”

The establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine under the principles of the Atlantic Charter was demanded by Senator Theodore Francis Greene, Democrat, of Rhode Island, in a radio address last night over the Mutual Broadcasting System. Speaking on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the unanimous passage of the Joint Resolution by both Houses of Congress favoring the establishment of the Jewish National Home in Palestine, the senator said that the American Government would not retreat from its promises to the Jews as the British Government has partially retreated from the Balfour Declaration.

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