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IMarching to Zion

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I Marching to Zion Jewish Movement Catches On Enthusiastic Meeting in Merthyr The Zionist Movement for the restoration of Palestine to the Jews, has caught on well in Merthyr, and there was a very large attend- ance of Jews and non-Jews in the Forward Movement Hall last week to hear the Rev. Raffalovieh, late of Merthyr, and now of Liver- pool, deliver his illustrated address on the move- ment. The Mayor (Aid. Hankey) presided at the outset, and cordially allied himself with the project. Letters of sympathy were read from the two M.P.'s, Mr. C. B. Sum ton and Mr. Edgar Jones, both of whom were favourably disposed; from Mr. B. Benas (bo;rristex-at-I.a-vv), and from the leading South Wales Jewish con- gregations and ministers. CO-RELATIVITY OF THOUGHT. The Rev. Raffalovieh declared that it was im- possible to thimk of Palestine without at the same time thinking of the Jew, whilst the Jew himself thought of Palestine as his home for two reasons. On the one hand, all the Euro- pean nations had compelled him to keep ever in mind the memory of Palestine. In every land and clime by oppression the Jew had been constantly reminded that he was homeless; that he was a stranger, and that he was not wanted; he had been constantly reminded that he must have a national home if he was to be as other men. This was true of all history, for they were told in the Psalms that the Jews sat ;)y the rivers of Babylon and wept as they remem- bered Zion. In later historical periods when the Jews were prohibited from entering Jeru- salem it was recorded that they gathered on the surrounding heights and fondly gazed on the Holy City; and, then, with great wailing and moaning they bemoaned their sad, nomadic lot. THE BRITISH OFFER. Later, in the early 16th Century, when the Jew was allowed to repatriate himself upon his land, that was held by alien powers, he was to be found tilling the soil of Palestine; and, still later, when the National feeling spread through- out Europe in the 19th Century, the Jew also was swayed with the idea of Nationalism, and it was recorded that offers were made to the Jews of recolonising once more the Holy Land. It should not be forgotten, and would not be for- gotten by the Jews, that it was the Britsih Government—the land to which the Jew always looked for juatice—that offered the Sinai penin- sula for the settlement of the Jew. Perhaps it might be asked, and with justice, whether the Jew was able to live his own life; whether he was capable of self-government P Was it not a, fact that the Jew was everywhere dependent upon what he could make out of his' non-Jewish neighbour? Was the Jew capable of living successfully as a peasant and agricul- turist, or was he destined to be an entrepreneur —a traveller? The, answer of experience was that the Jew did make a successful agricultur- ist, and. was capable of successful self-govern- ment. It was because they knew that their na- tionhood was real that they came forward during this war, a war for small nationalities, and a» the greatest sufferers amongst small nationali- ties justified' their plea, for a national home in the cradle of their race. WHAT HAS BEEN DONE? Later the lecturer threw upon the screen some very interesting pictures of the Jewish colonists' agricultural farms in Palestine, and contrasted these with the archaic agricultural devices of the neighbouring Arab tribes. It va-, interest- ing to note the scientific nature of the Jewish efforts; and still more interesting to learn that the new scheme of co-operative agriculture in England had been anticipated and more fully developed in Palestine. Dealing with the his- tory of these coronisation schemes the Rev. Raffalovieh told us that in 1897 this movement took on a new hue; instead of being a, mere movement for colonisation, the movement be- came a great political movement, destined to win the support of the best brains in Jewry and later on to win the sympathy of the greatest statesmen of Europe. In that year Theo. Herzl came out with the political Zionist Movement,and the whole idea of the colonisation of the Holy Land and the re-settlement of the Jews in Palestine took on a new aspect. The aim of that movement was clearly and emphatically laid down in the movements programme as aim- ing at the establishment, "for t, lie Jewish peo- ple, a home in Palestine secured by public law." A RESOLUTION OF GRATITUDE. I At the close of the lecture the following reso- lution was unanimously adopted That this meeting of Merthyr and district Jews and non- Jews, held at Merthyr Tydfil, places on record its heartfelt gratitude- to His Majesty's Govarn- for their declaration in favour of the establish ment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." This was moved by the Rev. J. B. Jones and seconded by Ald. David Evans, who saw in the Zionist Movement the fulfilment of Biblical prophecies. Mr. Ben Hamilton (Secretary to the local Zionist. Movement) in proposing a vote of thanks to the Mayor for presiding saw in the co-operation in this work of Jew and non-Jew, and particularly of the Welshman, a living testimony that the Bible had not yet been forgotten by the nations of the world; this was seconded by the Rev. Cohen (Tredegar) and carried; and a similar vote was passed to the lecturer on the motion of the Rev. E. Bloom, seconded by Mr. J. E. Revelin (Car- diff).

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