Washington (Dec. 18)
The House Foreign Affairs Committee today unanimously reported out favorably a Palestine resolution which is identical with that adopted yesterday by the Senate.
Its action followed testimony before an executive session of the committee by Dr. Emanuel Neumann, representing the Zionist Organization of America. Neumann replied to the arguments against the resolution advanced yesterday by Lessing J. Rosenwald for the American Council for Judaism.
In analyzing the resolution, Dr. Neumann pointed out that its two major purposes are: 1. To speed provision of an immediate haven for Jewish refugees from Europe; 2. To clarify the legally established rights of the Jewish people with regard to Palestine, rights existing prior to the Mazi persecutions and aside from the immediate refugee problem.
Dr. Meumann termed “unrealistic thinking” the proposals of those who spoke “vaguely” about other havens and the absorption of Jewish refugees elsewhere than in Palestine. He traced the history of the various international efforts, all of them resulting in failure, to deal with the refugee problem, including the Evian conference, the Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees and the Bermuda Conference of 1943. He pointed out that at Oswego, New York, there were less than 1,000 refugees already on Americansoil and that they had not yet been permanently admitted to this country after being here more than a year and a half.