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Opponents of Jewish Brigade Warn That British Jews Will Not Join It

Sir Brunel Cohen, in behalf of The Jewish Fellowship, today published a statement in the Times warning that the establishment of a Jewish brigade should not cause any confusion regarding the position of the Jews in the British armed forces. “The vast majority of the Jews in Britain have no desire whatever to be segregated from their comrades in the armed forces with whom they feel united in national loyalty,” the statement says.

Col. Robert Henriques, Jewish writer and artillery commander, in a statement to the Times challenges the contention that the establishment of a Jewish brigade group is an acknowledgement of the efforts of multitudes of Jews in the armies of the United Nations. “They neither require, nor merit such acknowledgement, for they are simply performing their duties as citizens of their respective countries,” Henriques writes. He concludes by stating that most of the British Jews will never agree to surrender “the distinctive honorable flashes of their military units and formations for the Mogen Dovid of the Jewish brigade.”