Paris (Aug. 1)
A decision is expected here within twenty-four hours on the fate of the 4,500 Jewish immigrants from the Exodus 1947, who are still marooned on three British deportation ships at the Mediterranean port of Bouc. The Jews are steadfast in their refusal to land in France.
It is understood that British and French authorities are discussing the question of offering the immigrants a high priority for admission to Palestine if they agree to disembark. Slightly more than 50 have come ashore since Tuesday, when the ##ssels reached Port de Bouc, and most of them were in need of medical care.
Leon Blum, former French Premier, today accused Britain of “inhumanity” in returning the Jewish refugees from Palestine to France. He appealed to the British Government to “renounce the use of force in Palestine.” The British should understand that “their behavior in Palestine is painful and revolting to the conscience of the world,” he wrote in the Socialist newspaper “Populaire.”
The Joint Distribution Committee sent ten tons of supplies aboard the three ##ssels. Its Paris office announced today that ## supplies will be delivered as long as the vessels remain in French waters.