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Jewish Brigade Opposes Speedy Demobilization; Wants to Return to Palestine As a Unit

Members of the Jewish Brigade stationed in Belgium today voiced opposition to a decree ordering the speedy demobilization of the unit. The British plan to have every member of the Brigade out of Europe by August 1.

Meetings were held in all battalions at which speakers emphasized the desire of the Jewish soldiers to have the Brigade transformed into a Jewish Army. They demanded that they be returned to Palestine not as demobilized individuals, but as a unit with weapons and under their own banner. They also asked to be assigned to aid in arranging the emigration of European Jews to Palestine.

The first anniversary of VE-Day was celebrated here yesterday by the Jews of Brussels at a demonstration which overflowed the largest public auditorium in the city. The meeting, attended by Queen Elizabeth, Catholic Church dignitaries and government officials, was organized by the Council of Jewish Organizations of Belgium as a tribute to the Belgian people and the Belgian resistance.