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Philadelphia Jews Protest Against Johnson Immigration Bill

February 11, 1924
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Two thousand Jews in Philadelphia attended a large mass meeting Sunday in the Arch Street Theatre, to protest the Johnson Immigration Bill. The meeting was held under the auspices of the American Jewish Congress and addresses were delivered by Sir Stephen S. Wise, Jos. Barondess, Arthur M. Lamport, William E. Lewis and M. Katz. Resolutions proposed at the close of the meeting were unanimously adopted. Jacob Ginsberg, Editor and publisher of The Jewish world, presided.

Dr. Wise delivered a brilliant address in which he condemned in strong language the Johnson Immigration Bill. “Jews want justice not special favors”, said Dr. Wise, who added this was the reason why Jews protested so vigorously against the proposed bill. Dr. wise also declared that all the immigrants together could not bring such shame upon the country as have the politicians in Washington, referring to the teapot dome oil scandal. A tribute to Woodrow Wilson by Dr. Wise brought the audience to its feet in a token of respect to his memory. A resolution on the war President was adopted.

In the morning, prior to the mass meeting, the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Congress held a successful meeting at the Hotel Adelphia and the regional conference closed with a dinner at the Hotel which was attended by members of the Executive Committee, and leading men of the community. Congressmen Dickstein, Eugene Allesandroni, Dr. Stephen S. Wise, Mr. Joseph Barondess, Mr. Lamport and others spoke at the banquet. The immigration work of the Congress was highly praised and a fund for the continuation of the Congress was raised.

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