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Rabbinical Council of America Urges Roosevelt to Help Abrogate White Paper

The Rabbinical Council of America today called on President Roosevelt and Secretary of State Hull to take “all appropriate measures” to bring about the abrogation of the British White Paper of 1939, which would prohibit all new Jewish immigration into Palestine after March 31, 1944.

A resolution condemning the White Paper as representing “the sacrifice of principle to expediency” and calling for the reconstitution of Palestine as “a Jewish Commonwealth guaranteeing full democratic rights to all the inhabitants thereof” was unanimously adopted at a meeting of the Council’s executive committee. Texts of the resolution were transmitted in letters to President Roosevelt and Secretary of State Hull by Rabbi William Drazin, president of the Council.