New Palestine Edict Hits Jewish Immigration Flow

Only two hundred and fifty Jewish immigrants will be allowed to enter Palestine on any one vessel, as a result of the recent Arab protests against Jewish immigration, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learns from reliable sources. Although this limitation on immigration by the government was introduced as a temporary measure to be enforced during the next two weeks, it is feared that the restrictions may be made permanent.

Apart from the psychological effect of this order, two important factors from the Jewish view-point are involved. Firstly, since there is but a small number of vessels making port at Palestine, the number of Jewish immigrants must be essentially reduced. Secondly, several vessels specially assigned to the Palestine traffic will cancel their sailings because they consider it un-remunerative to carry only 250 immigrants on each voyage. Vessels such as the Martha Washington and the Polonia have brought as many as a thousand immigrants on single trips.

Discontinuation of the direct Poland to Palestine service in which the Polonia has been operating in recent weeks is reported to be under consideration as a result of the government order, it is learned.

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