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Sons of Zion Vote Fund for Stavsky

June 26, 1934
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The Order Sons of Zion, on the second and concluding day of its convention here today, voiced the concerted opinion that Abraham Stavsky is innocent. Stavsky was convicted by a Palestinian court of complicity in the murder of Dr. Chaim Arlosoroff, Zionist labor leader, who was shot in Tel Aviv last year. The newly elected executive board of the Order was charged with the authority to determine a sum which will be given to help organize Stavsky’s defense.

Isaac Allen of New York City pleaded for adoption of the resolution pledging faith in Stavsky’s innocence. A former grand master of the organization, Mr. Allen paid tribute to Stavsky and echoed his belief that world Jewry should rally to his defense.


Joseph Kraemer, Newark lawyer, was re-elected grand master of the Order for the year by acclamation. He will sail for Palestine next month on a grant from the Order in gratitude for his services.

In an address to the delegates, Robert Szold, chairman of the American Economic Committee for Palestine, said:

“Jewish development in Palestine now is more deeply rooted than ever before. Economically speaking, we Jews may already say, ‘We are there, and there to stay.’ Some persons speak of forces of disunion within Zionism but to my mind the unifying forces are more powerful. The cause is above all, and the cause will drive us all to our destiny, the Jewish national home in Palestine.”

Delegates at a heated session this morning adopted a resolution abolishing the office of paid grand secretary. A dollar-a-year man was voted to fill the office.


A motion for a paid national executive director to be elected by the convention was tabled. The new executive board may adopt a measure to create such an office.

Jacob I. Kaplan, grand secretary, reported that since the last convention the Order’s deficit has been reduced to the extent of $3,800.

The convention adopted resolutions calling on. all constituent camps of the Order and members to support relief drives in their respective communities for German Jews. Another resolution called for greater interest in Hebraist matters and culture. The sum of $200 was voted for the Hadoar, Hebrew weekly.

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