Ethel Longstreet along with Frankie Spitz (wife
of Leo Spitz, head of Universal Studios at the time) ran the west
coast office on Doheny Dr. for "The American League for a
Free Palestine". This organization from 1939-1947 drew support
in the U.S. from Jews and Gentiles alike. It is true that their
vision of a Hebrew commonwealth on both sides of the Jordan did
not common to pass. Yet, for their efforts came what is now known
as modern Israel. They participated in the resurrection of a nation
and then disappeared.
Some of their work is detailed in the gripping
novel "The Magicians" by Paul Gropman.
Longstreet rose. "Some of you may have children at home waiting.
But before you leave, I wish to remind you that Mr. Hadani came
here from New York to raise funds that will buy food, clothing,
medical supplies for the men and women of the Irgun and...do I
dare say it...arms and ammunition?"