Governors Ask Truman to Intervene for Free Jewish Immigration into Palestine

President Truman today was asked by the governors of thirty-seven states to take immediate steps to open Palestine “to Jewish mass immigration and colonization, and to bring about the earliest transformation of that country into a free and democratic Jewish Commonwealth.”

A petition bearing the signatures of the thirty-seven state executives is now on its way to President Truman, accompanied by a covering letter from Governer Herbert B. Maw of Utah expressing hope that the President will discuss ways and means to achieve this with Prime Minister Churchill and Marshal Stalin at the forthcoming Big Three conference in Berlin.

Governor Maw, who initiated the petition with Governors Dewey of New York, Tobin of Massachusetts, Baldwin of Connecticut, and McGrath of Rhode Island, released its text today at the close of the Governors’ conference here at which he presided,

“Concerned as it is with the position of the Jewish people in Europe and the future of the Jewish National Home in Palestine, we believe that this petition raises matters of immediate and far-reaching humanitarian and political importance,” the accompanying letter declares. “The considerations which prevented action in regard to these pressing issues while war still raged in Europe, no longer applies. The urgency of the Jewish problem and its solution in Palestine has become such that I venture the earnest hope that it may be thought opportune to give attention to this question in the course of your forthcoming conversations with the Prime Minister of Great Britain and Marshal Stalin.”

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