New York (Dec. 29)
Support for the project of Jewish colonization in Australia is expressed in a communication addressed by the Jewish Labor Committee here to the Australian Council of Trade Unions which represents the organized labor movement in Australia.
The text of the communication, made public today, emphasizes that the Jewish Labor Committee, representing 500,000 organized Jewish workers in the United States and Canada, “is interested in every action which may alleviate the cruel fate of the Jewish masses” in Europe. It refers to a report made before the Committee by Dr. I.N. Steinberg on his efforts to establish a Jewish settlement in Australia, and declares that the members of the Jewish Labor Committee “were most encouraged by the news that the trade union movement in Australia, as a whole, as well as the Labor Councils in many states, have given their moral and political support to the cause of Jewish colonization in Australia.”
“May we express our gratitude for this act of solidarity between the Australian and Jewish people, based on the firm ground of common humanitarian ideals,” the letter to the Australian labor body reads. “Friendship is tested in the turbulent times of social upheaval, and Jewish labor will never forget that at such a tragic period, the Australian workers extended to them, across the seas, their hand of friendship and concrete aid.”