DISTRESS IN PALESTINE
“FAMINE IS STARING US IN THE FACE.” APPEAL TO NEW* ZEALAND FOR HELP. For some months prior to the outbreak of the war, Mr J. Liddell Kelly, Hillside, Devonport, had been corresponding with Mr Solomon Feingold, editor of ' The Truth,’ and of the Hebrew paper, ‘ Haemath,’ in Jerusalem, on subjects connected with the colonisation of Palestine and the identity of the British with the lost tribes of Israel, in which Mr Feingold takes an • active interest. Instead of an anticipated reply touching these matters, Mr Kelly has just received a letter, dated Jerusalem, August 18th, making an urgent appeal for help on behalf of the poor Jews in and around the ancient city, and also to the port of Jaffa. The letter is as follows:
With trembling hands and tearful eyes, we inform you of the fearful misery and distress prevailing in Jaffa and Jerusalem, consequent upon the universal crisis. We feel that no pen is adequate to describe the precarious state of affairs in Palestine. Turkey has ordered a general mobilisation up to 45 years of age, not even excluding deformed or crippled men. The hue and cry of war, with bugle calls, and processions carrying the Mohammedan flag, are seen and heard on every side. Victuals and necessaries of life have gone up to fabulous prices, and no fresh supplies are coming in. All the banks, financial houses, and post offices, without exception, have stopped payment, a. procedure that has created panic and bewilderment. Famine is staring us in the face, and, although the whole country is under martial law, excesses and violence by the infuriated and famine-stricken mob are greatly feared. All private resources are cut off, communication with Europe being impossible owing to the conflicting war vessels cruising in the Mediterranean, which hinder merchant vessels from
entering Jaffa. Can you possibly help us, by sending flour, rice, and other alimentary products, and in some measure succor the children of Jacob in this, their time of great trial? During the last crisis, God enabled ns to re-
Ij’pvp distress by our own means and influence, but, this is now impossible, and wo trust the British-Israelites in your country will show their sympathy with their hapless brethren in Palestine. Any food you may send must be shipped to Jaffa, via Port Said, addressed to Solomon Feingold, Bella Vista, Jaffa, who will gladly and gratefully dispense New Zealand’s bounty with discretion and great care. There will probably be a difficulty in the way of sending foodstuffs for the relief of people whose male relatives may be serving in the army of a Power that may at any moment be at war with Great Britain; but it is hoped that the Jewish citizens of New Zealand (along with others interested in the people who are now strangers in the land of their forefathers) will find some means of responding to the appeal made to them. Suggestions are meanwhile being invited, and! if any practicable means of sending relief are found, a call for subscriptions will be made.
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DISTRESS IN PALESTINE, Evening Star, Issue 15638, 31 October 1914
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