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Israel Cabinet Authorizes Foreign Minister to Act on Mass-expulsion of Jews in Hungary

Israel cabinet today authorized the Foreign Minister to take the necessary diplomatic steps with regard to the mass expulsion of Jews in Hungary from their homes and their deportation to unknown destinations.

The plight of the Jews in Hungary was described today at a conference of the Union of Hungarian Immigrants held in the township of Nathanya, attend by 360 delegates, representing 136,000 Hungarian Jews residing in Israel. A detailed report on the large scale deportation of Jews from Budapest was given at the conference by Dr. Ernst Marton, president of the Union.

Speakers at the conference pointed out that an agreement, signed two years ago, between Hungary and Israel, provided for the emigration of 3,000 Jews from Hungary. However, only 2,200 were permitted to leave Hungary so far. The remaining 800 Jews are prevented from emigrating to Israel and their properties in Hungary are being confiscated.

The conference decided to issue a call to Hungarian Jews throughout the world to do their utmost to rescue the Jews from Hungary. The delegates also decided to appeal to the Israel Government for intervention on behalf of the Jews in Hungary.