JERUSALEM (Mar. 16)
More than 1,400 Jewish refugees who have been interned on the British island of Mauritius for attempting to enter Palestine illegally, proclaimed a Day of Fasting and stopped work on that day to protest their still being held on Mauritius despite the fact that 20,000 additional Jews can enter Palestine legally even under the restrictions of the British White Paper, it is reported in the press here today.
Many of these internees, who have been on Mauritius for about three years, landed in Palestine prior to being deported while others, including survivors of the S.S. Patria and S. S. Atlantic, were prevented from landing in Palestine after being rescued from the sinking ships.
“Why are theses unfortunate people still subjected to such unnecessary excessive punishment and deprived of all hope for the future?” Daver, leading Hebrew newspaper, asks today. “Nobody in the world can give any satisfactory reply to this question.”