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Canadian Jewish Congress Asks Government to Intervene

The Canadian Jewish Congress asked Secretary of State for External Affairs Paul Martin today for urgent Canadian Government action in behalf of the Jewish communities in the Arab countries.

In a telegram to Ottawa, the Congress referred to the “physical assaults and despoliation” suffered by the Jewish communities in the Arab League countries and to the refusal of the Egyptian authorities to permit the International Red Cross to visit imprisoned Jews in Egypt. The telegram urged immediate Canadian action on humanitarian grounds to prevent further excesses.

Saul Hades, executive vice-president of the Congress, and Dr. Joseph Page of the Jewish Immigrant Aid Services, met with officials of the Canadian Government’s Department of Manpower and Immigration on the question of expediting action on immigration applications from Jews in North Africa.