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Intergovernmental Committee for Refugees Asked to Modify Its Program

Welcoming the increased activity of the Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees, the Emergency Committee to Save the Jewish People of Europe today issued a statement pointing out that the Intergovernmental Committee is once again “falling into the mistake of grouping together the general refugee problem with the specifically Jewish issue.”

“The program of the Intergovernmental Committee does not include dealing with the satellite countries on the Continent regarding evacuation of their Jewish populations,” the statement says. “This is in spite of the often repeated fact that these countries are willing to negotiate for the release of their Jewish populations. The program of the Intergovernmental Committee seems to have excluded the prospect of a refuge in Palestine for the Jews of Europe. This is despite the fact that of all the areas available, Palestine provides the closest haven, and requires the minimum transportation.”

“Because the Jewish problem in Europe is a separate and distinct one. it requires a separate and distinct solution. This cannot be brought about by a relief agency concerned with a general problem.” the statement declares.

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