Success of War Refugee Board Depends on Palestine Immigration, Dr. Silver Says

A statement lauding the resolution which was introduced today in the House of Representatives, urging the United States to take measures which would aid in the establishment of a Jewish Commonwealth in Palestine, was issued here by Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, chairman of the American Zionist Emergency Council.

“The Palestine Resolution introduced in Congress is a great act in behalf of a great cause in a great and historic hour,” the statement read. “All men of good will everywhere–Jews and non-Jews alike — will applaud and endorse the spirit of statesmanship and noble humanity which motivated the introduction of this Resolution.”

Dr. Silver emphasized that the British White Paper which would close the doors of Palestine to future Jewish immigration “is not only a repudiation of an international delegation to which the United States subscribed, but it will interfere in a most disastrous manner with the rescue program of the War Refugee Board which the President of the United States has recently established. Palestine is the most likely and readily-available haven and shelter for these millions whom it is hoped to save from extermination,” he added. “The work of the War Refugee Board will be doomed to failure as were all previous efforts on the part of intergovernmental agencies if Palestine is again excluded from consideration as the major place for large-scale Jewish immigration.

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