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1,575 Palestine Jews in R.a.f., British Minister Reports

There are 1,575 Palestine Jews serving with the Royal Air Force, it was revealed today in Commons by Under-Secretary for Colonies George Hall in reply to a question by Daniel Lipson, Conservative M.P. as to whether Palestine Jews are being taken into the British forces without any limitations.

Stating that no obstacles are being placed in the way of able bodied Jews who wish to join the fighting forces in Palestine, Hall revealed that the Palestine Jewish forces at present total about 9,000 including 1,505 missing or prisoners.

When Lipson queried why the Palestine Government has refused to allow publication there of the statement by Prime Minister Churchill on July 30 that the British Government saw no reason for changing the status of the Balfour Declaration, Hall stated that he had no information on the matter and that queries would be made of the Palestine High Commissioner. Asked whether this censorship was of a political or a military nature, and whether the Under-Secretary would make clear to the censor that the Government intended to maintain the Balfour policy, Hall replied that, “I must await results of my inquiries before I commit myself.”

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