New York (Sep. 27)
In an open letter to Prime Minister Attlee appearing today in 50 leading newspapers throughout the country, the American Zionist Emergency Council warns the British Government that the Zionists are at “the very end of our patience,” and that “no palliative solutions will be accepted by American Jewry or by what is left of European Jewry.”
Signed by Dr. Abba Hillel Silver and by Dr. Stephen S. Wise, the letter declares that the entire Christian world bears the responsibility for allowing Hitler to massacre hundreds of thousands of Jews, and Britain particularly because of its refusal to allow Jews fleeing Europe to enter Palestine. The letter recalls the Labor Party’s pro-Zionist stand before its election and demands that it fulfill its pledges.
Rejecting the British offer of a small amount of additional Palestine immigration certificates monthly, and the Government’s plea that it is beset by many more pressing problems, the Council says that one of the Labor Government’s first steps should have been the opening of Palestine to free, unrestricted immigration and the proclamation of a Jewish State.