WASHINGTON (May. 24)
A two-day conference of committee chairmen of the American Zionist Emergency Council, representing more than 300 communities throughout the United States, closed here today, after a discussion of the political program conducted by the council in the United States during the past months and formulation of plans for the future political activity of American Zionism.
Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, chairman of the council, told the delegates that “in view of the conversations with important government officials, there is now reason to hope that the Zionist picture will be considerably brighter.”
According to a statement by the council, delegates agreed that the introduction of the Compton-Wright and Wagner-Taft resolutions in Congress had resulted “in creating an awareness of the Palestine problem in many circles which were hitherto unaware of, or indifferent to it,” In a brief address during one of the sessions Dr. Stephen S. Wise voiced his confidence that those assembled would yet see a Jewish Commonwealth in Palestine.
Reporting on the activities of the League for a Free Palestine, and the Hebrew National Committee of Liberation, Emanuel Neuman declared that “an aroused American Jewry would shortly put an end to the destructive activities of this group.”
LOWDERMILK PROJECT TERMED “SOUND AND TECHNICALLY FEASIBLE”
A dinner honoring Dr. Walter C. Lowdermilk, the “father” of the $150,000,000 project for the irrigation and electrification of Palestine was given here tonight at the Statler Hotel. Leaders in the fields of government, education, science and religion attended.
Speaking at the dinner, Harry W. Bashore, Commissioner of Reclamation of the Department of Interior, called Dr. Lowdermilk’s project “sound and technically feasible.” Other speakers included Dr. Silver and Mr. Neumann and a number of senators.
Senator Robert F. Wagner of New York in a statement issued here today denounced the “Hebrew Committee of National Liberation” as “an organization which serves no useful purpose and can only confuse and mislead American public opinion,” and refused to join the sponsoring Committee of the American League for a Free Palestine, which, he said, is being organized in response to an appeal from the “Hebrew Committee of National Liberation.”