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92 Jewish Refugees in Istambul Aided to Settle in Palestine

Ninety-two Jewish refugees who had been stranded in Istambul, Turkey, have been enabled to settle in Palestine, according to a report received from that city by the Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society here.

This was made possible by the Ica, the Hicem, and the Jewish Agency for Palestine. Ninety-four were refugees, two of them going to other countries. Twenty-six came from Russia and sixty-eight from Persia.

There are assisted in Istambul, 520 Jewish refugees from Russia and 458 from Persia. All of these have registered with the Bureau and there are more who have not yet registered.

The condition of these refugees will be seriously affected by the new law prohibiting foreigners in Turkey from engaging in certain occupations, the Hias points out. The Bureau is now taking steps with the aid of Hias and its associates and the Jewish Agency to settle more Russo-Jewish refugees and 200 from Persia in Palestine. For those who because of their ages and other reasons cannot be admitted into Palestine, appeals will very likely be made to the League of Nations.

Native Turkish Jews are also being assisted by the Bureau to emigrate to Palestine. The Palestine office in Istambul has been closed for several years and its work is being carried on by the Bureau.

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