NEW YORK (Jun. 16)
The United Jewish Appeal announced today that the Joint Distribution Committee and the United Palestine Appeal, two of its component groups, were working on plans for the immigration to Palestine of more than 1,000 Jewish refugees despite closing of the Mediterranean by Italy’s entry into the war.
“Not the closing of the Mediterranean,” a statement by the U.J.A. said, “but only failure to remit the necessary funds to these refugees will prevent them from reaching their new home in Palestine.”
The statement pointed out that prior to the spread of the war to the Mediterranean an agreement had been reached with the British and Russian governments which permits immigrants leaving stockholm and Wilno to go to Palestine by way of Odessa.
The statement added that the U.J.A. was in immediate need of funds to make possible maintenance by the J.D.C. of 850 relief stations in Nazi-held Poland, where 80 per cent of the estimated Jewish population of 1,300,000 were said to be facing starvation.