Menu JTA Search

Hadassah Convention Proclaims $3,010,000 Drive; Re-elects All Officers

SIGN UP FOR THE JTA DAILY BRIEFING

A national goal of $3,010,000 for the coming year was proclaimed here today at the closing session of the four-day Hadassah convention, which re-elected all its top officers, headed by Mrs. Moses P. Epstein, president.

Addressing a dinner session, last night, Sen. Owen Brewster of Maine told the 1,000 delegates that Arab threats in Palestine were “a myth” since no Arab armies exist. He urged the United States to support a Jewish Palestine as “a periscope and listening post” in “a desert of backward primitive Arab countries.”

Dr. Stephen S. Wise, who also addressed the dinner, warned that although the Jewish Agency does not advocate violence, “resistance with firmness, whatever the consequences, is the watchword. We know the consequences are bound to be grave,” he contimed,” especially since Jewish resistance may provoke counter measures by the British. but a people that will not resort to self-defense is not fit to survive.”

In an address delivered today, Dr. Nahum Goldmann, representing the Jewish Agency, said that the Jews in Palestine want self-government immediately and “will not stand for a foreign regime be it British or any other.” He pointed out that if Arab states such as Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and “medieval Saudi Arabia” deserve to rule the mselves, “why not democratic Palestine?”

NEXT STORY