Jewish Committee Urges U.S. to Aid No. African Jewish Migration
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Jewish Committee Urges U.S. to Aid No. African Jewish Migration

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The United States Government was strongly urged today by the American Jewish Committee to recommend financial assistance from the Intergovernmental Committee of European Migration for moving Jewish migrants from areas of North Africa, particularly French Morocco. The Council of the international agency meets in Geneva Oct. 17-21.

In a message to Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, Irving M. Engel, president of the Committee, said his organization approved the recommendation of financial assistance made by the House Immigration Subcommittee, of which Rep. Francis E. Walter is chairman. Mr. Walter, who is now en route to Israel at the Israel Government’s invitation, will attend the Geneva meeting.

“The fundamental position of the American Jewish Committee is that the right to live peaceably as equal citizens in the countries which have been their homes not only for generations but for centuries should be guaranteed to the Jewish population of North Africa,” Mr. Engel said in his message to Mr. Dulles. “While this is an aspect of AJC’s general philosophy concerning human rights, it has also been part of AJC’s position that these persons should be allowed to emigrate freely with their possessions should they desire to do so.

“Within these principles, the American Jewish Committee feels that it would be desirable to give every financial assistance possible to those persons who desire, for whatever reason, to emigrate,” Mr. Engel concluded.

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