LONDON (Oct. 21)
A Jewish Agency spokesman said today that the countries from which thousands of Jewish immigrants were reported streaming to Israel in reports emanating from Tel Aviv yesterday were Tripolitania and Morocco.
(In Tel Aviv, Zvi Herman, chief of the Jewish Agency’s absorption department, said today that “new and urgent sources of Jewish emigration have been discovered, including the Lost Tribes of Israel in Djibouti in French Somaliland and on the Bahrein Islands, in the Persian Gulf.” He predicted that mass immigration to Israel from North Africa will coincide with the closing of the DP camps in Germany on Jan 1. 1950.
(More than 153,000 immigrants reached Israel between March 1 and Sept. 30 and more than 14,000 tourists came in the same period, the Israel Government announced today. In that time, more than 11,000 exit permits were issued to residents.)
Dr. Lao Baeck, former Chief Rabbi of Berlin and now head of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, today appealed to British Jews for contributions for the relief of 1,000 Arabs in the Old City of Jerusalem who are in a “dreadful plight” and who are technically not refugees and are therefore not entitled to U.N. assistance. His appeal, in behalf of the Jewish Society for human Service, was published in the Jewish Chronicle here.