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19,000 New Yorkers Crowd Madison Square Garden to Celebrate Israel’s Independence Day

Before a packed and highly enthusiastic audience of 19,000 persons in Madison Square Garden the Zionist Organization of America presented tonight a colorful and dramatic pageant as well as a special television program in celebration of the Third Anniversary of the establishment of Israel. Feature of the event was a special address by David Ben Gurion, Israel’s Prime Minister, delivered via screen.

In a pronouncement issued to the assembly, Mr. Benjamin G. Browdy, president of the Zionist Organization of America, hailed the third anniversary of Israel’s In dependence “as a dramatic testimonial to the capacity of a little nation to build in the face of overwhelming odds.” Mr. Browdy’s pronouncement underscored the fact that Israel “has set a pattern of democratic life, following closely the traditions of these United States.”

In pointing out that the Zionist movement has paced, in this country, all efforts that led to the establishment of Israel as a nation, Mr. Browdy’s pronouncement emphasized the role of the Z.O.A, in behalf of the United Jewish Appeal and at the present time its concerted campaign for the State of Israel Independence Bond issue of $500,000,000. Thus far, Mr. Browdy said, the Z.O.A. has sold more than $25,000,000 in bonds toward its goal of $100,000,000.

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