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Rabbi Sonnenfeld Issues Appeal for Peace to Palestine Population: As One Who Has Lived in Holy Land

March 21, 1931
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Rabbi Sonnenfeld, the leader of the Palestine Agudath Israel, issued an appeal here to-day under the heading “Truth and Peace”, deprecating the racial hatred and quarrels among neighbours, which, he says, have for the last two years been poisoning the air of Palestine and destroying brotherly love. As one who has lived in the Holy Land for sixty years, he writes, I turn to all residents, regardless of race or religion, whom the Divine Providence has enabled to sojourn in this holiest of lands, to heed my call, which comes from an aching and a broken heart, and to have pity on this blessed country and on the remnants of all nations living therein and to eradicate all hatred, rivalry and unfounded suspicion.

The leaders of the Jewish people of Palestine will be the first to urge peace, the eighty-year old Rabbi concludes, and I am sure that the hearts of the leader of the Arab people will respond.

The appeal, it is hoped here, will be effective in allaying the anxiety which always exists in Palestine with the simultaneous approach of the Passover, Easter and the Moslem Nebi Moussa Festivals, and in providing an opportunity for a rapprochement between the various sections of the population.

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