Geneva (Oct. 2)
The necessity of increasing immigration to Palestine in view of the German Jewish situation was stressed by numerous delegates today at the meeting of the sixth commission of the League of Nations. The speakers, describing the economic prosperity of Palestine and the possibilities for increased immigration, urged the mandatory power to support Jewish immigration.
Christian L. Lange, of Norway, expressed satisfaction with the extraordinary favorable economic and financial situation of Palestine and emphasized the importance of Palestine in the solution of the problem of the German Jewish refugees.
Count Raczinski, the Polish representative, pointed out that Palestine not only answers the thousand-year-old hope of the Jews, but also answers the practical requirements of Jewish emigration.
Edouard Benes, Czechoslovakian Foreign Minister, and M. Antoniade of Roumania spoke in a similar strain. Rabbi D. I. Freedman of Perth, Australian delegate, appealed to the mandatory power, to bear the German occurrences in mind in regulating Palestine immigration in the spirit of the Balfour declaration.
The English representative, the Rt. Hon. William G. A. Ormsby-Gore, member of the British cabinet, replied that Jewish immigration to Palestine, already considerable, is increasing. Jewish capital is creating a favorable situation in Palestine, but it is important that the rapid flow of immigration should not create reactions, he declared.
The immigration quota is fixed twice annually, he explained, and it is wiser to maintain this practice, than forecast immigration for longer periods.
Palestine immigration and the country itself, the British cabinet minister declared, is not only for German-Jewish refugees, but for the Jews of all countries.
Minister Ormsby-Gore expressed doubt whether the commission should deal with the subjects of the Jewish immigrants from Germany altogether, since it is being dealt with, “by friendly arrangement between British and German authorities at Berlin.”
Palestine, he declared, is a small country and cannot become the only