American Jewish Organizations Hall First Anniversary of Palestine Partition Decision

The Jewish people must “remain mobilized and alerted” in support of the state of Israel, Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, chairman of the American Zionist Emergency Council, declared here today in a statement marking the first anniversary of the U.N. Palestine partition resolution of last November 29.

Pointing out that the past year saw three “unprecedented events”–recognition by the U.N. of the right of the Jews to establish their own state, proclamation of Israel, and the “remarkable and successful” defense of the state by the Jewish people–Dr. Silver added that “what has been established has been firmly established and what has been achieved is irrevocable.” In the statement, issued in behalf of the Council, Dr. Silver expressed the hope that the coming year would see the admission of Israel to the U.N. and the establishment of peace and prosperity in the Holy Land.

Announcing that 30,000 new members were enrolled in the Zionist Organization of America during November, designated by the organization as “Zion Month” in commemoration of the U.N. decision, Z.O.A. president Emanuel Neumann declared that the immediate problem facing the Jews of the world is the resettling in Israel within the shortest possible time “hundreds of thousands and possibly millions of Jews of various lands who are on the move or waiting for the opportunity to rebuild their lives under the protecting wings of the Jewish state.”

Dr. Stephen S. Wise, president of the American Jewish Congress, issued a proclamation calling upon the American people to join in an “Action for Israel” program during the week-end to celebrate the first anniversary of the United Nations decision establishing a Jewish state in Palestine, Pointing out that “America helped, by actions culminating in the Nov. 29th decision, to bring Israel into being,” the proclamation urged support of the following program: Support of the Israeli claim to territory now under Israeli control; support in the U.N. proposals for direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Arab states; urge President Truman to curb “the conspirators in the State Department who have been deliberately countermanding his orders and the mandate of the American people”; and an immediate U.S. loan to the state of Israel.

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