New York (Nov. 28)
The first Pan-American Conference for Labor Palestine, held in conjunction with the 23rd annual convention of the National Committee for Labor Palestine, opened tonight at the Hotel Commodore with delegates from ten countries of the western hemisphere demanding that “free Jewish immigration, unrestricted colonization and adequate self-defense” be substituted by Britain for the “police regime” now prevailing in Palestine.
Delegates from Brazil, Cuba, Colombia, Panama, Mexico, Dutch West Indies, Venezuela, Peru, Canada and the United States are attending the four-day convention, which is mapping plans for reaching the 1947 goal of $5,000,000 for the Histadruth. Isaac Hamlin, national secretary, reported that in 1945-46, the sum of $2,308,209 was raised for the Histadruth.
Principal speakers at the various sessions of the convention, which will continue through Sunday, will be Congresswoman Helen Gahagan Douglas, American delegate to the United Nations Assembly; Ira A. Hirschmann, President Roosevelt’s special representative in the Middle East, author of “Life-Line to a Promised Land;” and Joseph Baratz, senior welfare officer of the Jewish Brigade, official Histadruth delegate to America.