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A. F. of L. Joins Protest Against Massacres, Pledges Its Support

September 10, 1929
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The American Federation of Labor joined with the Jewish workers of New York in protesting against the outrages perpetrating against the Jews of Palestine and in sending assurance to the Jewish workers of Palestine of cooperation with their efforts at rehabilitation.

The stand of the American Federation of Labor, its demand that England take immediate measures to safeguard the position of the Jews of Palestine, and its pledge to aid, were made public Sunday in a message from the President of the Federation, William Green, at the protest meeting in Cooper Union, called at the instance of the Gewerkschaften Campaign for Palestine. Mr. Green’s message, addressed to Morris Feinstone, head of the United Hebrew Trades, declared:

“I am sorry because I cannot respond to your invitation to attend the meeting next Sunday afternoon called for the purpose of making a protest against the outrages perpetrated upon Jewish people living in Palestine. I am so thoroughly in accord with the purpose of the meeting that I feel keenly disappointed in that I cannot be with you. No group of people have been more shocked or have had their feelings more aroused over the reports of massacre and human suffering than the membership of the American Federation of Labor. We join with you in the protest you make against the awful crimes committed against those Jews and their families residing in Palestine who have been victims of a fanatical outburst without cause or justification. We demand that the British Government introduce stern measures to punish the guilty and afford ample protection to all Jews and their families anywhere and everywhere in Palestine. Please rely upon the American Federation of Labor to cooperate in every possible way in securing protection for the Jewish people in Palestine.”

Several thousand workers attended. Eight thousand dollars was raised toward the Emergency Fund, and the pledge given that every effort to aid the work of reconstruction would be made.

Addresses were delivered by Abraham Shiplacoff, who presided, David Pinski, Morris Feinstone, Hillel Rogoff, Myer Brown, J. Hochman Chaim Greenberg, Victor Tchernoff, J. Schlossberg and Isaac Hamlin. A number of cables were read from Socialist leaders in Europe, among them Leon Blum, Emil Vandervelde, Jean Longay, grandson of Karl Marx, and the Histadruth of Palestine.

Resolutions were adopted protesting against the Palestine administration expressing confidence that Britain will hear the protests of the world and ###nat the Labor government would (Continued on Page 4)

grant the demands of the Palestine workers to stop, murder, looting, compensate the sufferers, punish guilty, remove responsible Palestine officials, appoint Jews on the police force and the militia and increase Jewish immigration.

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