London (Oct. 7)
Five shipleads of illegal Jewish immigrants have landed in Palestine during the last three weeks, “outwitting the police motor launch patrols,” it is alleged in a report from Jerusalem published in the Daily Express.
Reports emanating from usually well-informed sources, to the effect that several thousand Jews from the American zone in Germany have left for Palestine with the permission of Gen. Eisenhower were circulating in Lendon today. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency could not obtain any confirmation of these rumors in authoritative quarters.
(A London dispatch to the New York Times today states that it is believed that both the American and British Governments have informally inquired of the Jewish Agency for estimates on the number of ships which would be needed for any large-scale immigration. It stresses, however, that no commitment to permit this has as yet been given by the British.
(The dispatch also says that it is understood that as a rosult of the disagreement among the Allied powers on general international issues, the British Government has abandoned its intention of submitting the Palestine issue to the United Nations Organization, and of placing the country under a United Nations trusteeship. It asserts that President Truman is willing to initiate a more active American policy regarding Palestine, if Republican leaders will support him.)
The London Times parliamentary correspondent today predicts that there will be no announcement made regarding Palestine when Parliament reconvenes on Tuesday. There may be a demand from the opposition for a debate on this subject, but for the present the Government seems unlikely either to make any statement, or to even welcome any disoussion on the Palestine issue, the correspondent says.
The News-Chronicle stresses the risk of serious bloodshed in Palestine at the present moment. Admitting in an editorial that the extermination of Jews in Europe, as well as their present ordeal,”has no comparison in the records of suffering in history,” the paper reiterates its approval of the report that the British Government favers sharing responsibility for Palestine with the United Nations. “The Government should make its desire publicly plain as soon as possible,” it urges.
Authoritative circles here today stressed the fact that calm reigns in Palestine. They ridiculed a report that the Polish troops in Palestine might be used to maintain order in the country. Whatever Allied troops are still in Palestine, they said, are merely a part of war-time operational distribution and are not connected with the local situation.