20,000 at Madison Square Garden Meeting Protest British Policy in Palestine
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20,000 at Madison Square Garden Meeting Protest British Policy in Palestine

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A crowd estimated at about 20,000 jammed Madison Square Garden tonight at a combined protest meeting and pageant arranged by the Zionist visionist Organization to demand the opening of Palestine to Jews.

John W. McCormack, House majority leader, in a speech phoned from Washington to Square Garden, accused Great Britain of massing the might of its Empire “against those stoned survivors, whom Hitler did not quite succeed in exterminating,” and of using led-lease weapons to spread imperialism.

Senator James M. Mead said that “the conduct of the mandatory power and its administration in Palestine is in sharp contrast to the endless chain of commitments by the United States and the United Kingdom.”

Exhorting Americans “to erase the blot on our conscience left by the callous massacre of six million Jews, which could have, at least been partially averted had Palestine not been hermetically scaled to escaping Jews,” J. Howard McGrath, U.S. Solicitor Admiral that declared that the “time has come for the Jewish Nation to reclaim Palestine.” Other speakers included William F. Ziff, author and publisher.

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