With the Jewish Brigade in Italy (Apr. 5)
Some of the soldiers of the Jewish Brigade will probably serve in the Allied army of occupation in Germany, Moshe Shertok, chief of the political department of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, told a Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent today.
Mr. Shertok, who is visiting the Brigade, said that plans are already under way for caring for Palestinian veterans after the war. Their demobilization will follow the same plan as the British Army, that is they will be demobilized according to their length of service and the number of dependents.
Eventually, the entired question of the continuance of the Jewish armed forces will have to be faced by the British and Palestine governments, the Agency leader stated, along with the whole question of Palestine. The question of opening Palestine to increased immigration is, at present, the most pressing problem, he stressed, pointing out that those European Jews who have survived are in desperate need.
Palestine is physically able to take care of these survivors, Mr. Shertok said, but the immigration quota still stands at 1,500 monthly. He disclosed that when 900 refugees from Italy reached Palestine several days ago, homes awaited them as a result of housing projects already in operation. The present housing program, he added, calls for 30,000 rooms, but with new immigration coming, they will fill only temporary needs.