Palestine Protest Meetings Hit Stoppage of Immigration; Note Sent to Government

A delegation of top leaders of the Jewish community, including Isaac Ben Zvi, president of the National Council, Mayor Rokach of Tel Aviv and the two chief rabbis, today presented a protest against the stoppage of immigration to High Commissioner Sir Alan Cunningham, as a large rally heard denunciations of British policy in Palestine.

Returning from the High Commissioner’s office before the rally had concluded, the delegation reported that Sir Alan had promised to transmit their memorandum to London immediately, and had added that the matter of immigration was now under consideration, presumably in London, besides being investigated by the Anglo-American inquiry committee.

The memorandum asked the opening of Palestine to free Jewish immigration and appeal of the restrictive land laws, and, at the same time, assailed the British Government for asking Arab permission for the entry of Jews. It also urged that the Jewish Agency be vested with authority to facilitate Jewish immigration and the colonization and development of Palestine.

Protest meetings similar to the Jerusalem rally were held throughout the country today to demonstrate against the failure of the Government to carry out the pledge of a 1,500 monthly immigration quota made by Foreign Minister Bevin.

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