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Agency Hits British Stand That Jewish Refugees Cannot Be Given “special Treatment”

February 12, 1945
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A spokesman for the Jewish Agency today criticized the British Government’s stand, as set forth in the House of Lords last week by Viscount Cranborne, that Jews cannot be given special treatment in connection with the problem of assisting and rehabilitating refugees.

The spokesman asserted that rehabilitation in their countries of origin is not a practicable solution far the overwhelming majority of Jews in Europe, and no solution is possible other than concentrating the surviving Jews in one country-Palestine. The information reaching here from liberated territories, he continued, reveals a picture of appalling distress among the Jews in liberated areas, which can be coped with only by large scale emigration.

The Agency representative denied that there exists any agreement between the British Government and the Jewish Agency in connection with the allocation of immigration certificates to European Jews, as was indicated by Lord Cranborne. He pointed out that immediately after the liberation of several countries, the Agency proposed the immediate granting of a large number of certificates for distribution among the surviving Jews, but the Government decided to spread them over a long period, giving about 1,500 monthly.

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