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Zionist Leaders Demand Britain Fulfill Jewish Homeland Pledge

November 30, 1936
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Three hundred Zionist leaders, emphasizing American Jewry’s stake in Palestine’s future, today addressed a resolution to the Royal Commission investigating recent disorders, insisting on complete fulfillment of Great Britain’s obligation to establish a Jewish homeland.

The resolution, adopted by the National Council for Palestine at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel after a session devoted largely to discussing expansion of the United Palestine Appeal drive, declared American Jewry “committed to the role of guardian for those helpless Jews who have no protector other than America.”

The council, which has responsibility for raising funds for the U.P.A. heard reports that the Jews have brought to Palestine more than $400,000,000 since the end of the war and $1,872,500 has been raised by the U.P.A. in its $3,500,000 drive — the largest amount since 1928 of which $1,000,000 has been sent to Palestine.

A resolution was adopted calling for a national conference of American Jewish bodies concerned with Palestine at Washington on Jan. 17. Other resolutions hailed Dr. Chaim Weizmann’s testimony before the Royal Commission and urged him to visit the United States, and paid tribute to Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis on his eightieth birthday and Louis Lipsky on his sixtieth.

The Zionist leaders adopted a pledge eulogizing the 86 Jews who have fallen in recent Arab disorders. Among the speakers were Elihu D. Stone, who presided, Nathan Straus, Dr. Stephen S. Wise, Morris Rothenberg, Mr. Lipsky, Dr. Israel Goldstein and Dr. Ben Zion Mossinsohn.

Mr. Rothenberg, co-chairman of the Council of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, outlined the Jewish case before the Royal Commission: (1) recognition of the historic connection of the Jewish people with Palestine, (2) the pressing problem of Jewish persecution and Jewish homelessness throughout the world, (3) Jewish achievements in Palestine.

A dinner was held for Mr. Lipsky in the evening.

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