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Jewish Agency and Hicem Reach Agreement on Emigration; Will Cooperate in Rescue Work

The Jewish Agency for Palestine will not cooperate with the Hias-Ica Emigration Association (Hicem) in facilitating the emigration of Jewish refugees in Palestine who may wish to return to their countries of origin after the war, it was stated today by Eliahu Dobkin, head of the immigration department of the Jewish Agency, who is here to establish a permanent office of the Agency in Lisbon to select immigrants for Palestine among the refugees from Europe.

An agreement reached between the Jewish Agency and the Hias-Ica Emigration Association, as summarized by Mr. Dobkin, provides for full cooperation between the two organizations on all other aspects of emigration work. The agreement provides.

1. Hicem will appoint a representative in Palestine, the Jewish Agency on its part will designate its own representative to deal with the representative of Hicem in all matters concerning the mutual interest of both organizations.

2. An employee of the Jewish Agency will act at the Agency’s Jerusalem office in all matters concerning the activities of Hicem in Palestine, especially the collection of fares from relatives residing in Palestine of prospective immigrants. This employee will act under the supervision of the representative of Hicem.

3. Hicem will offer facilities to the representative of the Jewish Agency, where no office of the Agency exists, and vice versa.

4. The Jewish Agency and Hicem will co-operate in the rescue work through Spain.