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A.f. of L. Will Demand United Nations Guarantee Jewish Homeland in Palestine

June 24, 1943
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The American Federation of Labor is determined to obtain from the United Nations a guarantee that Palestine will be established as a permanent Jewish National Home at the close of this war, William Green, president of the A.F. of L., declared today in a message delivered by long distance telephone from his home at Coshocton, Ohio, to the Louis D. Brandeis Colony banquet tendered in his honor at the Hotel Commodore. The dinner was attended by 1,800 union leaders, representatives of trade associations and figures prominent in American Zionism.

Unable to attend the function in his honor because of the death of a near relative, Mr. Green, in his message, emphasized that the Louis D. Brandeis Memorial Colony in Palestine “occupies an important place in our minds” in planning the future of Palestine since many Jews in devastated Europe will wish to go to the Jewish Homeland after the war.”

Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, addressing the banquet, said that Brandeis’ foresighted interest in a Jewish National Home in Palestine “was strikingly vindicated” by the present persecutions of the Jews in Europe. Dr. Israel Goldstein, president of the Jewish National Fund in America, emphasized that Palestine offers a statesmanlike solution to the Jewish post-war problem.

The establishment of the Louis D. Brandeis Colony in Palestine was first broached a year ago at a dinner tendered in honor of U.S. Senator Robert F. Wagner at which Assistant Secretary of War Robert F. Patterson, was the principal speaker. Backing the project are all groups within the labor movement. The colony will be established on the land of the Jewish National Fund.

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