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Business Sessions Feature Second Day of ZOA Convention

July 2, 1940
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The Zionist Organization of America convention today settled down to a routine of business sessions and committee meetings, with election of officers scheduled for tonight.

A cable from Chaim Weizmann, Jewish Agency President, to the convention urged American Jewry to rise to the height of the responsibilities imposed by the present situation: “In hour when most European Jewry groans under heel Nazi oppressor and when fate Palestine at stake, your convention, representing most powerful responsible organization American Jewry, assumes truly historic importance. Four years’ constant attack on its structure and nine months of war have shown soudness of Yishuv’s foundations, its courage and ability to continue constructive work even under most difficult circumstances.”

Rabbi Barnett R. Brickner of Cleveland, presiding at a convention banquet last night, urged the lifting of the Jewish problem out of the vortex of anti-Semitism, relief and charity to “a new plane on which it belongs–the plane of statesmanship.”

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