Jerusalem (Feb. 12)
The British decision to permit Jewish immigration into Palestine during the period that the Anglo-American inquiry committee is making its investigations will place only slightly more than 1,000 certificates at the disposal of the Jewish Agency, it was revealed last night.
Announcing that the Agency had agreed to accept the offer of a limited number of certificates, Moshe Shertok, chief of the political department of the Agency, disclosed that the 1,500-monthly quota will extend for only three months, ending March 15.
After the Palestine Government has made deductions for visaless immigrants who have arrived within recent months, allotted certificates to about 500 Jews arriving from Bulgaria this week, and reserved several hundred for distribution through diplomatic channels, only a few hundred more than 1,000 remain for the Agency.
The visas retained by the Government will be distributed to the wives, parents, children and other dependents of persons already here, while the Agency is expected to allot its quota to chalutzim from Europe.