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Tel Aviv Sends Protest to Colonial Office on Palestine Deportations

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

A strong protest against the recent practice of the immigration department of the Palestine government in deporting Jewish immigrants on slight pretexts was despatched by the municipality of Tel Aviv to the Colonial Office in London.

“Despite the earnest representations made following a meeting of ten thousand Jewish inhabitants, representatives of all Jewish institutions in Palestine, the government has decided to expel Abraham Dunio, Nissim Armando, Lea Zaharani, and Samuel Vegril, four honest working families, for a slight transgression of the formalities of the immigration law,” the cablegram to the Colonial Office reads.

“The municipality of Tel Aviv believes,” it proceeds, “every Jew who enters Palestine is returning to his home. We cannot therefore be expelled under any law which is in accordance with the spirit of the mandate. The expulsions are an insult to the entire Jewish population of Palestine and Jewry at large. They cause despair in the minds of the masses in the Diaspora, undermining every hope for entering Palestine. We protest earnestly against the expulsions and entreat the Colonial Secretary to annul by cable the order of expulsion.”

The cablegram was signed by representatives of Tel Aviv communal institutions, Chief Rabbis Aaronson and Uziel, by Souprasky, chairman of the Jewish Community, and Rosov, Weinshal and Halperin, members of the communal council.

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