Opening Session of Canadian Zionist Convention Pledges $1,000,000 for Land Purchases
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Opening Session of Canadian Zionist Convention Pledges $1,000,000 for Land Purchases

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A four-year campaign for $1,000,000 for the purchase of land in Palestine was proclaimed hers today at the opening of the 28th national convention of the Zionist Organization of Canada, in reply to an appeal by Eliezer Kaplan, treasurer of the Jewish Agency, for greater contributions to the development of the Jewish homeland. Canadian Jews were also urged to contribute manpower, in the form of chalutzim, to the upbuilding of Palestine.

Sir Ernest Flawelle, chairman of the World Christian Committee for Palestine, told the 500 delegates that the debt owed by the Christian world to the Jews should be repaid by making it possible for the Jews to live in freedom and dignity in their own homeland, He contrasted the war-time contributions of the Jews and the Arabs, and expressed the hope that eventually a Jewish state will be established as part of the British Commonwealth.

A report to the convention by the national director of the United Palestine Appeal of Canada revealed that 18,000 of the dominion’s 40,000 Jewish families last year contributed to the UPA, donating a total exceeding $686,000. Mrs. A. Raginsky, president of the Canadian Hadassah, reported that her organization now has 9,000 members in 225 towns and villages throughout the country.

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