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U.S. Entry into Korean Conflict Affects Evacuation of Jewish Refugees from Far East

Further evaucation of Jewish refugees from Shanghai and the Far East was considered unlikely here today following President Truman’s declaration of armed intervention in the Korean war. Only a few hundred Jewish refugees, most of them aged and handicapped, remain in that area, it was learned today from State Department sources.

The Jewish population in Korea is negligible and includes only a few shopkeepers in Seoul and Fusan. There are believed to be no World War II refugees in Southern Korea other than a few who entered from Russian territory and settled in the American-supported republic.

The Israel charge d’affaires here, Moshe Keren, was called to the State Department today and presented with a copy of the text of President Trumants announcement of American entry into the Korean war. Israel’s hopes of obtaining defensive arms from the United States were considerably dimmed today as a result of America’s active entrance into the Far Eastern conflict.