Conference of Christian Leaders Urges Free Immigration of Jews to Palestine

A statement of principles declaring that “the destiny of the Jews is a matter of immediate concern to the Christian conscience” was issued last night by the National Committee of Christian Leaders, Clergymen and Laymen in Behalf of Jewish Immigration Into Palestine, following an all-day conference at the Hotel Pennsylvania addressed by Bishop Francis J. McConnell, Prof. Reinhold Niebuhr and others. The statement also pointed out that “of all lands available for post-war immigration of Jews, Palestine is the most practicable.”

Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, addressing the conference, warned Britain not to follow an appeasement policy towards the Arabs at the peace conference. “If Britain attempts to deny the Jews a homeland or a Jewish Commonwealth, things are going to be very bad, ” he said. Bishop McConnell urged free immigration of Jews to Palestine after the war. He warned that “the forces which have created European anti-Semitism may continue to be operative, that indeed they may even gain in strength and intensity in consequence of long years of Nazi indoctrination and in the wake of vast social dislocations which will beset all of Europe when hostilities cease.”

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