Philadelphia (Nov. 16)
Lessing J. Rosenwald, president of the American Council for Judaism, in a telegram to President Truman today endorsed the program undertaken jointly by the United States and Great Britain through the establishment of the Anglo-American committee of inquiry on Palestine and the situation of European Jews.
“We as Americans of Jewish faith extend to you our deep appreciation for your sincere interest in alleviating the suffering of displaced persons particularly for Jews,” the message said. “We heartily endorse the program you have undertaken partly with Prime Minister Attlee in the solution of the Palestine problem. We likewise endorse the speech of Foreign Secretary Ernes Bevin and the comments he made at its press conference following his message to Commons. This organization stands ready to help you in every possible way in furthering the objectives of your policy.”
In a public statement, Mr. Rosenwald declared that the terms set up for the committee “have at one stroke very properly severed the humanitarian problems of the displaced Jews of Europe from the political problems of Palestine.” He urged primary consideration for the estimated 100,000 displaced Jews of Europe, declaring that once their pressing needs had been settled “the committee of inquiry will be in a better position to consider the basic political problem of Palestine.”