International Outlawing of Anti-semitism Demanded at I.o.b.a. Convention

The outlawing of race persecution by international agreement and the establishment of a world wide police authority to safeguard the rights of minorities was urged by Herman Hoffman, Grand Master of the Independent Order Brith Abraham, at the 56th annual convention of the Order which opened today at Convention Hall here. Five hundred delegates are attending the three-day gathering of the organization, which has more than 50,000 members.

Mr. Hoffman’s recommendation was made in an eight-point program for the rehabilitation of European Jews and other persecuted minorities presented to the delegates as a post-war reconstruction project. He advocated also the establishment of Palestine as a post-war haven for homeless Jews. Such a haven he said should operate under a formula which would make it possible for Jew and Arab to live in Palestine peaceably.

“When the victorious Allies sit down at the peace table, it is our fervent hope that the leaders of the United Nations will permit representatives of world Jewry to speak for the Jewish people,” Mr. Hoffman said. “I feel confident that the leaders of the United Nations will recognize the urgent need to prevent a repetition of the misery and great tragedies which befell Jewry. We must help in this reconstruction program by giving full cooperation to the Allied statesmen in their plans for a secure future for the Jew.”

Other suggestions made by Hoffman were that the democratic nations of the world should liberalise their immigration quotas to permit the rehabilitation of Jewish refugees, that a central agency should be set up under Allied supervision for the feeding of homeless and unfortunate victims of Nazi oppression and that a United Nations Commission should be appointed to bring to justice the Axis leaders responsible for the war.

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