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Clashes Mark Convention of Pioneer Youth in Warsaw

January 3, 1929
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Several persons were arrested in a clash between members of the Poale Zion party and the followers of the Brith Trumpeldor, Palestine pioneer organization, on the occasion of the Brith Trumpeldor world conference which opened here.

The attack was perpetrated by the Poale Zion group in retaliation for the attacks made in Tel Aviv some time ago, when the Poale Zion club celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the Czernowitz conference proclaiming Yiddish a national language.

Two hundred and sixty delegates representing branches of the organization in Poland, Germany, France, England, Austria, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia and Palestine, are attending the conference. Vladimir Jabotinsky, who arrived in Vienna to address the convention, delivered an address in which he stated that “Palestine is now ready for a fifth Aliah (immigration wave).” He paid tribute to the memory of Joseph Trumpeldor, Palestine pioneer martyr, for whom the organization is named, urging the youths to follow his example. “At present, during the period of building the Jewish state in Palestine, the upbuilding work should be the only altar of the Jewish youth. The upbuilding of Palestine is the present monotheism of our people, which must be above every other ideal,” he stated.

Religious services were held prior to the opening of the convention, at the Great Synagogue. At noon the delegates placed a wreath at the monument to the Unknown Soldier. In honor of Jabotinsky’s arrival, the Brith Trumpeldor followers staged a torch parade in the Jewish quarter. It was at this time that the Left Poale Zion attacked the delegates.

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