New York (Jun. 18)
Complying with the request of the State Department that it submit its observations on the Anglo-American inquiry committee report on Palestine, the American Jewish Committee today presented a memorandum to the Department asking that the U.S. Government recommend to the British Government the immediate admission of 100,000 displaced Jews from Europe into Palestine and indicate its willingness to aid in settling these refugees there.
The memorandum, signed by Joseph M. Proskauer and Jacob Blaustein, stressed that “there is room neither for dispute or delay” on the immediate implementation of the three principal recommendations of the inquiry committee: admission of 100,000 Jews to Palestine; international action to facilitate additional emigration of those Jews who feel compelled to leave Europe and to ease conditions for those who remain; and encouragement of Arab-Jewish cooperation in Palestine.
Substantial aid in resettling the 100,000 European Jews in Palestine should be extended by the United States, the memorandum recommended, “in the form of provision of the necessary shipping, assumption of responsibility for feeding and welfare while in transit and advancing of financial and other assistance.” It pointed out that “the U.S. Army is at present providing for those displaced Jews who are in U.S. zones of occupation, and that no additional burden would be imposed on the U.S. Government by continuing to provide for these refugees temporarily. Subsequent to the admission of the 100,000 displaced Jews,” the memorandum stated, “no limit should be set on Jewish immigration into Palestine, beyond the economic absorptive capacity of the country.”