Washington (Dec. 18)
A resolution calling on the United States Government to provide shipping and funds for the transportation of 210,000 displaced Jews in the American zones of Germany and Austria to Palestine, was introduced in congress today by Reps. Andrew L. Somers of New York and Hugh D. Scott of Pennsylvania. The measure also asks the closing of all DP camps by October 1, 1948.
At a press conference later, where he was questioned about the small persentage of Jewish DP’s who prefer to enter the U.S. rather than Palestine, Somers declared that he thought it better for all the Jews to be taken to Palestine as ##pidly as possible and those who wanted to come to America could do so subsequently. Seried as to the omission from the resolution of provision for the care of the DP’s ##ter they arrive in Palestine, he said that Jowish leaders had promised that an all-out effort would be made to care for them and integrate them into the Palestinian economy.
Authoritative circles here consider the Somers-Scott resolution, despite its good intentions, as endangering the present haven which the DP’s have in the American zones. They also feel that so large a number of DP’s cannot be transported in the proposed three-month period between establishment of the Jewish State and the October ## dealine, particularly since the necessary housing and other accommodations in Palestine would not be ready in time.