U.S. Jews Hold Key to Jewish Immigration to Israel, Morgenteau Says; Appeals for Funds

Henry Morgenthau, Jr., general chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, who has just returned from an extensive visit to Israel where he conferred with President Chaim Weizmann, Premier David Ben Gurion and other top leaders, declared today that the Jews of Israel were strongly opposed to any reduction in immigration and that the “ultimate decision on any immigration quotas would be made by the Jews of America.” Mr. Morgenthau said that “money and only money will decide this question.”

Addressing more than 11,000 U.J.A. campaign leaders and volunteers assembled at special meetings in 105 cities throughout the United States, the U.J.A. leader, speaking by means of one of the most extensive telephone hookups ever arranged, declared that Israel has made “unbelievable progress” since his visit there 15 months ago. “It is impossible for Israel to carry the burden of receiving and caring for all who escaped the fate of the martyred six million Jews of Europe without adequate help from us,” he declared.

Mr. Morgenthau called on American Jewish communities to: 1. Accept the quotas assigned to each community for the needs of the U.J.A.; 2. Forward all available funds to the U.J.A., and “borrow the largest sum you have ever asked of your local bank for transmission to the U.J.A.”; 3. Confer with representatives of the U.J.A. on setting up a “pre-campaign budgeting program.”

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