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1,500 Certificates for Jewish Immigration to Palestine Be Issued by Commissioner

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The Colonial Office today officially announced that the British government had authorized Sir John Chancellor, High Commissioner of Palestine, to issue 1,500 certificates for Jewish immigrants under the Labor schedule. This action confirms the forecast made by Col. Frederick Kisch at the Zionist Actions Committee meeting that 1,500 to 2,100 certificates asked for by the Jewish Agency Executive for the six month period from October 1st to March 31st would be granted.

In Jewish circles the action of the British government is interpreted first as being the first step in modification of the White Paper which has aroused such widespread resentment and criticism, and secondly as a withdrawal of the Colonial Office’s order of last May suspending Jewish immigration.

The 2,300 certificates granted under the Labor schedule for the half year beginning April 1, 1930 were suspended. This aroused a tremendous protest among world Jewry. Commenting on the withdrawal of the immigration suspension the Morning Post remarks that this step of the government follows rather strangely on the White Paper but it reveals a desire to modify that document.

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