Histadruth Leader Demands Democracies Recognize Jews As Full-fledged War Ally

A demand that the democratic world recognize the Jewish people as full-fledged participants in the global war was voiced today by David Remez, secretary of the Histadruth, Palestine Federation of Labor, to which sixty percent of Palestine’s workers belong, at the organization’s 50th semi-annual conference being held in the colony of Ayeleth Hashachar, with 330 delegates in attendance.

Speaking in an improvised amphitheater, Remez voiced greetings to organized labor in Britain and America. He thanked the British Labor Party for the resolution adopted at its recent annual congress supporting the Jewish demand for a national home in Palestine, and thanked William Green, president of the American Federation of Labor, and Philip Murray, president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations for “the great sympathy with which they have supported Jewish efforts in Palestine.” Remez concluded with an appeal to the forthcoming American Jewish Conference to “rise up to meet the fateful days of decision and victory.”

David Ben-Gurion, addressing the convention, praised the colonization projects of the labor group as “a model of just, socialistic colonization, which are helping in the development of a Yishuv possessing great economic, cultural and political independence despite a foreign and hostile regime.” He appealed to all groups within the Histadruth to settle their differences and urged all workers throughout the country to join.

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