What we wrote about S.F.’s Israel celebration in 1948

May 21, 1948

Birth of the State of Israel was celebrated in San Francisco in the Veterans Building with a rousing mass meeting sponsored by all the Zionist groups, unions, veterans’ organizations and many others.

Highlighting the program was a musical pageant in the theme of Freedom Day, with a chorus of 40 voices from the All-Palestine Male Chorus from the University of California.

Also featured in the celebration was the reading of the state’s proclamation.

Speakers included Bartley C. Crum, Sidney Roger, Richard Dettering, state chairman of the American Veterans Committee; Rabbi Saul E. White, Rabbi Franklin Cohn, David Marshall and W. Zev Bronner.

All hailed the new state as the realization of years of hope and effort and told its significance.

The meeting was packed with enthusiastic men and woman who cheered the speakers and warmly applauded the pageantry and music.

The gathering adopted resolutions setting forth “that it is the sense of this meeting:

  • “That we express our solidarity with the State of Israel in its heroic struggle for existence, and we pledge our fullest support in that struggle.
  • “That we commend the President of the United States for taking the leadership in extending recognition to the State of Israel as soon as it was proclaimed.
  • “That we urge upon our President to follow through by abrogating all restrictive measures, and particularly the Arms Embargo, which seek to deny the Jews of Palestine the means with which to continue their defense against armed aggression.
  • “That we call upon the American government to take immediate leadership within the United Nations in initiating action to force the withdrawal of all armed Arab forces and to bring an end to the external aggression in the State of Israel.
  • “That we call upon the President of the United States and our government to render to the new Jewish State of Israel in a spirit of fellowship and cooperation all assistance in establishing itself in equality and dignity among the democratic nations of the world.”