Attlee Reported Willing to Admit 35,000 Jews to Palestine; Statement Due Next Week
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Attlee Reported Willing to Admit 35,000 Jews to Palestine; Statement Due Next Week

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Diplomatic sources today stated that Prime Minister Attlee proposes to allot 35,000 Palestine immigration permits to Jews immediately – for an unspecified period – providing the United States is prepared to share responsibility for maintaining order in Palestine.

Reliable political circles, at the same time, predicted that Mr. Attlee may be in a position to make a statement on Palestine in the House or Commons next week, A full dress debate may follow his statement, they said.

The Daily Express reports today from Jerusalem that Jews have succeeded in bringing into Palestine recently seven shiploads of “illegal” immigrants without being intercepted. Radar stations are now under construction in Palestine to combat Jewish “Illegal” immigration, it was reliably reported from another source.

The report by the London correspondent of an American newspaper that a plan is foot to transfer 50,000 European Jewish refugees to an UNRRA camp in Phillipville, Algeria, was termed “fantastic” today by officials of the Intergovernmental Committee for Refugees.

They said that the proposal was “unlikely” even for purely technical reasons, since, althoug” the Phillipville camp is empty at present, it can only accommodate a few thousand persons, apart from tent accommodations, which are not adequate for semipermanent housing.

Christopher Chancellor, general manager of Reuters, today telegraphed to the Lebanese Prime Minister, Sami Bey Solh, protesting against the recent expulsion of Arie Wallenstein, Routers. Correspondent, from Beirut and demanding his reinstatement. Mr. Yallenstein was also the correspondent of the Palestine Hebrew paper Haaretz.

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