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Mayor Hylan Pays Tribute to Keren Hayesod on Palestine Day

May 29, 1923
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Prevented by the Educational Exposition of New York Silver Jubilee at the Grand Central Palace tonight from attending the meeting of the Palestine Foundation Fund at Town Hall, Mayor Hylan wrote to Judge Bernard A. Rosenblatt, Chairman of the New York Campaign of the Keren Hayesod, denouncing racial prejudice and praising the spirit of “amity and concord prevailing among the cosmopolitan population of Greater New York”. The Mayor pays special tribute to the Keren Hayesod and expresses the hope that Palestine Day celebrated throughout today will elicit a hearty response. The Mayor’s letter is as follows:

“As you doubtless know the opening tonight of the Educational Exposition at the Grand Central Palace in connection with New York’s Silver Jubilee will require my personal attendance. May I therefore ask that you kindly convey an expression of regret at my inability to be present at the meeting of the Palestine Foundation Fund this evening.

“The City of New York has long been noted for its live and live spirit and despite many racial customs of our cosmopolitan population, the people from every land dwell here in amity and concord. It is true that the darkhead of racial prejudice is occasionally reared by those with private purposes to serve, but the spirit of neighborliness is always most manifest.

“It was with this thought in mind that I took pleasure in issuing a proclamation urging upon the citizens of Greater New York to remember generously the Palestine Foundation Fund on Tuesday, May 29th, which has been designated as ‘Palestine Day’.

“I am sure that the response will be hearty and give needed encouragement to the sturdy pioneers who are building the roads, planting the trees, cultivating the soil, erecting the schools, and maintaining a sanitary organization for the new home of Israel in Judaea, Galillee, and in the Valley of Nazareth.

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