Jews in Communist China Reported Seeking Emigration to Israel
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Jews in Communist China Reported Seeking Emigration to Israel

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A report on the situation of Jews in Communist China was presented here today at a meeting of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. It was also reported that there is increasing evidence that the Arab states, especially Egypt, are developing their attacks on Israel into a general attack on Jews everywhere, in a manner strongly reminiscent of Nazi propaganda.

The report on the situation of the Jews in China was prepared on the basis of news from British delegations which recently visited China. The majority of the Jews there, the report said, desire to emigrate to Israel, but are experiencing difficulties in obtaining exit visas. The Board is taking steps which, it is hoped, will remove these difficulties.

It was also reported at the meeting that in view of the widespread concern created in the community and among the general public by the announced intention of the Federal German government to reenlist in the new German Army and in their former ranks, officers who had served in the S. S., the Board has made representations to the British Government on the matter.

In a memorandum supporting these representations, it was pointed out that large sections of progressive public opinion in Germany itself have protested against the reinstatement of SS officers as a procedure which would encourage the revival of Nazism. The British Government was requested to convey the West German Government an indication of the widespread anxiety aroused by the proposal and the hope that the German government would not put it into effect.

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