LONDON (Jan. 31)
The first report on the past activties of Dr. Weizmann’s commission for the settlement of Germanu Jewish refugees in Palestine under the authority of the Jewish Agency for Palestine and an outline of the year’s activities was made public today for the first time through the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
It is reported that reliable statistics show that 9,000 German Jewish refugees were absorbed in Palestine in 1933 and that a large portion of the refugees have already been fully absorbed in the life of Palestine, German Jewish refugees in Palestine are distributed as follows: 1,000 in Jerusalem, 1,000 in Haifa, 2,000 in the smaller towns and villages and 5,000 in Tel Aviv. However, the report pointed out, German Jews in Palestine today number 11,000 and constitute five percent of the total Jewish population, while before the advent of Hitler only 2,000 German Jews had come to Palestine.
Dr. Weizmann’s commission declares that from the very outset it fully realized that Palestine cannot provide a solution for the entire German Jewish problem. Emigration of German Jews can be carried out satisfactorily, the report declares, only if in addition to Palestine, Europe and non-European countries will be able to absorb a definite number of German Jews within the next ten years and agree to do so within the framework of the existing quota systems. Refering to Dr. Arthur Ruppin’s calculation that 250,000 refugees will leave Germany within the next decade, the report said that one-third, 80,000 to 90,000, should be absorbed in countries other than Palestine.