WASHINGTON (Aug. 31)
Speaker of the House John McCormack today welcomed a delegation of 20 Israeli Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to his office, and recalled his personal support of Jewish Statehood. The Speaker said he was proud of his role in shaping the Democratic Party’s 1944 platform which called for an independent Jewish nation in Palestine. He also paid tribute to the role of two Jews in his state, Massachusetts, who backed the Israeli cause, naming Dr. Dewey Stone and the late Elihu Stone.
Ilana Harman, daughter of Israel Ambassador Avraham Harman and Mrs. Harman, presented Mr. McCormack with an Israeli Scout pin which bore the motto, “Be Prepared,” in Hebrew. The Minister of the Israeli Embassy here, Ephraim Evron, represented the Israel Government in the ceremony, and was warmly greeted by Mr. McCormack.