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Resistance to White Paper Compared with Maccabean Struggle at Chanukah Festival Dinner

The resistance of Palestine Jewry to the continuation of the White Paper policy in the Jewish National Home, involving the enforcement of restrictions on Jewish immigration and land purchase, is a modern counterpart of the Maccabean struggle for freedom 2,000 years ago against the imperialist policies of the Greco-Syrian Empire, Zionist leaders told an audience of more than 1,000 representatives of hundreds of synagogues, Zionist groups and general Jewish organizations at the Maccabean Festival Dinner held tonight in the Hotel Commodore here.

Dr. Abraham Granovsky of Jerusalem, head of the World Jewish National Fund, Judge Morris Rothenberg, president of the Jewish National Fund of America, A.L. Gelman, president, and Rabbi Max Kirschblum, vice-president of Mizrachi, who returned from Palestine several days ago, were the principal speakers. “The Maccabees also fought against ‘laws’ which they could not recognize as binding upon their conscience’,” Dr. Granovsky said. “A minority, they rose against a mighty imperialist power, and with their own strength, triumphed. Judge Rothenberg charged that the recent British statement of policy in regard to Palestine, created a situation which is “unparalleled for cynical disregard of international morality.”

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