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Greater Palestine Immigration Predicted by Weizmann at Rutenberg Memorial Meeting

January 9, 1942
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“Greater opportunities for Jewish immigration into Palestine in the post-war era” were for seen here today by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, in an address eulogizing the late Pinchas Rutenberg, who died in Jerusalem on Saturday.

Speaking at a memorial meeting called by the Jewish Agency here, before hundreds of British and continental Zionist leaders and directors of the Palestine Electric Company, which was founded by Rutenberg, Dr. Weizmann recalled the manifold activities of the man who brought electricity to Palestine, including his work for a Jewish legion, his interest in the development of Palestine Airways and his publish service in the Jewish National Council of Palestine.

Dr. Weizmann criticized the London Times obituary which referred to the Yishuv leader as “more a Jew than a Zionist.” Rutenberg, he said, would have resented such a description, since there is really no difference between a Jew and a Zionist. “We have Zionist sympathizers and a few anti-Zionists, but all of them would like to see Palestine built up,” Dr. Weizmann declared.

Other speakers included James Rothschild, Prof. Selig Brodetsky, Berl Locker and Barnett Janner. Messages were read from Viscount Samuel, Lord Melchett, Baron Hirst and others.

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