Jerusalem (Jun. 11)
Immigration of visaless Jews to Palestine has been temporarily suspended and no blockade runners can be expected to arrive here in the near future, a Haganah spokesman revealed today.
He said that the stream of Palestine-bound refugees has been choked off at its source by the British blockade of ports of embarkation and the shortage of fuel for the immigrant ships. The Haganah is now working out new itineraries and devising new ?eans for bringing in European Jews, and it is confident that a way will be found, the spokesman added.
The last refugee ship to arrive here was the Yehuda Halevi which docked at Haifa on May 31. It was the 35th Haganah-operated vessel to reach Palestine’s shores since the autumn of 1945 when "illegal" immigration began. The ships carried well over 20,000 persons, nearly 15,000 of whom are still confined in camps on Cyprus.