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Parley Votes to Send 50-man “economic and Defense Delegation” to Palestine

December 16, 1947
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The five-day national conference of the United Jewish Appeal at its closing session today decided to send a group of 50 American ##h leaders to Palestine as a flying “Economic and Defense Delegation” to the ##h State. The delegation will leave for Palestine early in February. Each mem## will defray the cost of his round-trip journey.

Meanwhile, officials of the Jewish Agency left Atlantic City this morning to ### the needs of the Jewish State to the attention of government officials in Washington in the hope of obtaining loans and grants, including arms for defense.

The closing session also adopted a resolution calling for the raising of ##000,000 for Palestine between now and December 31. This emergency fund sill ##ought as part of the 1947 campaign of the U.J.A.–not 1948, it was emphasized. ##grams stressing the urgency of the situation in Palestine were sent this after## over the signature of Henry Morgenthau, Jr., general chairman of the U.J.A., ##5,000 Jewish communities in every section of the U.S.Dr. Emanuel Neumann, president of the Zionist Organization of America, addressing the conference, predicted that the 1948 U.J.A. drive would have the complete report of all elements of the American Jewish community, Zionist and non-Zionist ##ke. “The establishment of the Jewish State,” he said, “has inspired a new unity ##our midst, bringing with it the dissolution of all barriers and the disappearance ##all labels of Zionist and non-Zionist. We have come to recognize that the Jewish ##stion in Europe and Palestine is one and indivisible.” Other speakers were Dr. ##ael Goldste in and Rabbi Jonah B. Wise, national co-chairmen of the U.J.A.


“From relief we must go on to reconstruction,” Rabbi Wise said. “At stake in {SPAN}###{/SPAN} 1948 campaign of the U.J.A. is not only the fate of the new Jewish nation and the {SPAN}##dreds{/SPAN} of thousands of Jews who will resettle there in coming years, but also the {SPAN}##tiny{/SPAN} of the many Jews who must rebuild their homes and communities in Europe, as {SPAN}##{/SPAN} as the thousands who will find haven in our own country in the future.”

1. To survey the economic needs of the country in terms of providing new ##cultural and industrial opportunities for the 75,000 Jewish immigrants who are expected to enter Palestine in the coming year.2. To examine the security position of the Jewish community and to study its definse and military needs in the light of the views expressed at the UJA conference that arms should be supplied by the U.S. in the form of surplus war materiel.

Details of the composition and purposes of the delegation were presented to this delegates at the parley’s close. It was suggested that the specially chartered plane that will fly to Plestine should be named “DP” –not for “displaced persons,” ## signifying “Destination Palestine.” A number of speakers emphasized that the ## of events since the decision of the U.N. will erase the memory of DP as a label ##isery and give it new significance as the symbol of mass immigration of homeless Jews to Palestine which is to begin next year.

Among the other speakers at the concluding session were Henry Montor, executive ##-chairman of the UJA, who presided; Elkan R. Myers, Baltimore; Isidore Sobeloff, ##cit; Maurice S. Tabor, Buffalo; Samuel Goldhamer, Cleveland; Arthur S. Rosichan, ##falo; Samuel Rothberg, Peoria; Mrs. S.A. Brailove, Elizabeth; Mrs. David M. Levy, ### York; Sidney S. Cohen, Boston; J.N. Korn, Philadelphia; Mrs. Katherine S. Falk, ### York; Ephraim Gomberg, Philadelphia; Joseph Cherner, Washington; Leo Gallin, Los ##eles; Milton Kahn, Boston; Eugone Solow, Dallas; and E.N. Grueskin, Sioux City.

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