Turkish Jews are emigrating in ever increasing numbers, according to reports reaching here. In recent weeks Turkish authorities issued 1,800 passports to Jews leaving the country. More than 300 Jewish families from Turkish Thrace, the scene of violent anti-Jewish attacks last July, have emigrated to Barcelona, Spain, where they are reported to be prospering.
Most of the Turkish-Jewish emigrants, however, go to Palestine. Appeals have been made to the Jewish Agency to grant more visas to Turkish Jews desiring to settle in the Holy Land.
There is also a growing movement among the Jews on the island of Rhodes an Italian possession, to emigrate to Palestine, particularly among those who came there as refugees from Turkey. Local Zionist groups applied to Italian Zionists for extra visas, but were told that none were available.