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Status of Palestinians in America Changed; Now Liable to Induction

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The National headquarters of the Selective Service System today announced that it has removed Palestine from the category of neutral countries and included it among the co-belligerents. Under this order all Palestine citizens residing in the United States are liable to induction into the armed services of the United States.

Under Selective Service regulations a neutral alien may file a special Selective Service From and request relief from service in the armed forces of the United States. If a neutral alien files such a request he is forever barred from becoming a citizen of this country under existing law. Revised regulations provide, however, that if a neutral alien becomes a co-belligerent, a form formerly filed becomes ineffective. They also provide that while an alien who has filed such a form may not withdraw it, he may volunteer for induction and if he is accepted for service, the subsequent determination of his privilege of becoming a citizen will be determined by the courts.

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