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Council for Judaism Asks Truman Not to Act Separately on Admission of 100,000 Jews

President Truman was urged today by the American Council for Judaism to act upon the report of the Anglo-American inquiry committee “as a whole.” In a memorandum submitted by its president, Lessing Rosenwald, the council pointed out that the recommendation of the committee that 100,000 Jews be admitted to Palestine is organically related to all other proposals.

“What service would be rendered to the 100,000 displaced Jews by merely transferring them from an unhappy post-war atmosphere to a tense, potential pre-war environment?” the memorandum said. “The crackle of gunfire, the bursting of hand grenades, the bombing of buildings, the barbed wire enclosures of a military encampment do not constitute an atmosphere suitable for those deeply injured men, women and children. They must be removed to a land of peace. To urge their transfer to Palestine without regard for the other recommendations would only give the appearance of solving a problem without actually considering the fate of the human beings who constitute that problem.

The memorandum added that “no greater disservice can be done to the judicious findings of the able and sincere men who composed the committee than to mutilate their recommendations by fragmentary action; by breaking up the unified co-ordinate structure they have reared of humanitarian vision, political wisdom and high-minded aspirations for peace.”

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