NEW YORK (May. 5)
The presentation of a bomber to the United States Marines in the name of the Mizrachi Women of America took place here today at a luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria which also marked the end of a $300,000 emergency campaign by the Mizrachi Women’s Organization to aid child refugees entering Palestine.
Rabbi Meyer Berlin, president of the World Mizrachi Organization, who is here on a visit from Palestine, addressing the gathering of more than 1,500 persons, severely criticized the “failure of the Bermuda Conference to take measures for large-scale and immediate assistance to Jewish refugees.” He revealed that “the Mizrachi movement expects to open a political bureau in Washington in cooperation with other Zionist groups.”
“The failure of the Bermuda Conference,” said Rabbi Berlin, “is a bitter blow to our high hopes of rescuing untold thousands from Hitler’s toils. It was understood that the conference would deal with the tragic plight of the refugees from a broad humanitarian point of view, not from the standpoint of political aims. As a matter of fact, by disregarding Palestine as a solution for the Jewish refugee problem, the conference took a step backward along the old road of appeasement. In this case it is the Arabs who are appeased, while the Jewish people did not even get a hearing at the conference.”