Week of Mourning for Jews Murdered by Nazis Starts Today in Palestine

All Jewish stores and places of entertainment will be closed throughout Palestine all day Sunday when 400 rabbis will gather in Jerusalem’s oldest synagogue to initiate a week of mourning for hundreds of thousands of Jews massacred by the Nazis in Europe. Special prayers will be recited and the worshippers will rend their clothes. The place of entertainment will remain closed until Wednesday, the day sot for fasting and prayers by all Jews in the democratic countries.

At a special meeting of the Jewish National Council of Palestine it was decided to summon an extraordinary session of the Assefath Hanivcharim, the Jewish National Assembly, which is the parliament of Palestine Jewry, for the purpose of discussing ways and means of effectively protesting against the intensified Nazi extermination of Jews in Europe. The entire diplomatic corps will be invited to attend the session which will be addressed by the Chief Rabbi and by members of the executive of the Jewish Agency. A call to the people of the world and to the Vatican to exert all possible influence to save the Jews in Europe from being completely annihilated by the Nazis under Hitler’s new plan will be issued by the Assembly.

On Monday local Jewish community councils throughout the country will hold protest meetings, while on Wednesday work will be stopped in all Jewish enterprises in Palestine from noon till midnight to give every Jew in the country an opportunity to participate in the national Day of Mourning which will be marked by a procession to the Wailing Wall and by fasting and prayers as on the Day of Atonement.

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