Creation of Jewish Battalions Only “sidetracks” Issue, Van Paassen Charges

The British Government’s decision to establish a regiment of Palestine infantry “merely sidetracks the issue which our committee has been pressing for the last eight months in this country and in Great Britain,” it was charged yesterday by Pierre Van Paassen, chairman of the Committee for a Jewish Army. “The formation of this new force is an acknowledgement of the evergrowing public demand in America and England for the establishment of a Jewish Army of stateless and Palestinian Jews, 200,000 strong,” he declared.

“The New Zionist Organization said that Britain’s action “does not satisfy the demand of world Jewry for a Jewish Army, and it does not indicate the full use of the available manpower of Palestine, and is far from being a satisfactory answer to the grave danger threatening the United Nations from the double-pincer Nazi attack in the Near East.”

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