Jerusalem (Oct. 12)
An appeal to the Jews of the world to raise $8,000,000 for the Jewish National Fund in the coming year was issued here yesterday by a “national land conference” called to mark the second anniversary of the death of M.M. Ussishkin, late world president of the J.N.F. who died on Oct. 2, 1941.
The meeting, which was attended by representatives of leading institutions of the Palestine Jewish community, adopted a resolution expressing satisfaction at the J. N. F. ‘s achievements during the fourth year of the war, pointing out that in spite of serious obstacles caused by restrictions on land purchases, several thousand dunams of land were acquired, extending the borders of the Jewish settlements. The conference was told that the J.N.F. had received $4,400,000 in the past year, which, the resolution declared, was insufficient to meet the requirements of absorbing large numbers of refugees and settling demobilized soldiers after the war.
In order to adequately carry out its functions during the coming year, the J.N.F. will require $8,000,000, the resolution continued. The conference issued a call to Jews in America, the British Empire, the Orient, Europe and Palestine, to devote all efforts “to securing the political future and economic independence of Palestine.”
Prior to the opening of the conference, the delegates assembled at the grave of Ussishkin in Nikancr’s Cave on Mt. Scopus, where “Kaddish” was recited by the late Zionist leader’s son and by Prof. Joseph Klausner of the Hebrew University.