Jewish Welfare Board Urges Its Affiliates to Join in Fight Against White Paper
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Jewish Welfare Board Urges Its Affiliates to Join in Fight Against White Paper

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Asserting that the implementation of the British White Paper of 1939, which would prohibit all new Jewish immigration into Palestine after March 31, 1944, “will have ominous consequences” for Jews everywhere, Frank L. Weil, president of the National Jewish Welfare Board today urged all of the Board’s constituent societies to join in the drive to abrogate the document.

In a message addressed to more than 300 Jewish Community Centers, YMHA’s, YWHA’s, and other affiliates of the National Jewish Welfare Board, Mr. Weil recommended that these societies join “officially organized local community efforts” against the White Paper policy. Mr. Welil’s message read:

“On March 31, 1944, the British White Paper on Palestine will go into effect. It will suspend all Jewish immigration into Palestine. It is a prospect which will have ominous consequences for the Jewish community in Palestine and for the Jewish people throughout the world. The American Zionist Emergency Council has requested the Jewish Welfare Board to join in the mobilization of American public opinion to the end that the British Government may be prevailed upon to withdraw the White Paper. Emergency Committees are being organized for this purpose throughout the country. We are recommending to our constituent societies that they join in all such officially organized local community efforts.”

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