New York (Jan. 4)
The Anglo-American Inquiry Committee, which is to open hearings in Washington on Monday, was denounced last night by Sen. Edwin Johnson of Colorado as “a political plot to pave the way for the declaration of predetermined and arbitrary decisions.” Addressing a meeting at Manhattan Center called by the New Zionist Organization, Sen. Johnson expressed regret that the American Government had allowed itself to become a party to this “deliberate and shameless deceit.”
Sen. Charles Tobey of New Hampshire told the meeting that the situation of the Jews in Europe demands immediate action to rehabilitate them, not further inquiries into their problems. He charged that President Truman’s recent announcement that 39,000 refugees would be allowed to enter the United States yearly was an “ill-advised imposition upon the unfortunates who look to us for help.” He pointed out that “out of this quota, less than five thousand per year will apply to Jews.” Sen. Tobey said that Palestine was “the home which Jewry needs, one they can call their own.”
Other speakers at the rally were Dr. Joseph Schechtmann, member of the executive committee of the World Now Zionist Organization and Meir Grossman, president of the Jewish State Party. Col. Morris J. Mendelsohn, president of the New Zionist Organization of America, presided.