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20,000 Palestine Jews Listed for War Duties; U.S. Citizens Warned on Joining British Forces

September 12, 1939
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More than 20,000 Jewish men and women throughout the country registered for wartime duties in the first two days of recruiting called by the Jewish Agency for Palestine and the Jewish National Council, it was announced today.

The American Consulate advised American Jews that it was permissible to serve the Jewish national home’s economic or self defense organizations, but enlistment in British forces might entail loss of American citizenship.

Production in Jewish farming areas is being stepped up in an effort to cut down imports and make Palestine self-sustaining for the duration of the European conflict, it was stated by the Jewish Agency.

Earlier, the Agency had announced creation of an economic council comprising prominent Palestinian Jews to deal with problems of Jewish economy, especially with regard to agriculture, industry, labor, credit, transport, imports and exports. Several previously established committees, dealing with supplies, banking, transport, etc., will cooperate with the new council, it was stated.

The Transjordan Government, meanwhile, announced that it was placing 40,000 tons of wheat stored in the Transjordan at the disposal of the British Government.

High Commissioner Sir Harold Alfred MacMichael today appealed to the people of Palestine to turn over to the Government all foreign currency in their possession.

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