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Immediate Clearing of Palestine Seaport for Jewish Immigration Demanded by Neumann

December 24, 1947
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The necessity of immediately clearing an adequate ## in the territory of the proposed Jewish state, including a seaport, and removing it from the administrative control of the Palestine Government, as provided in a Stated Nations resolution, was emphasized here tonight by Dr. Emanuel Neumann, president of the Zionist Organization of America, addressing a meeting of 250 Zionist leaders at Hotel Barbizon-Plaza.

“The principal purpose of this provision,” he said, “was to ensure the beginning of a substantial Jewish immigration at the earliest possible moment.” He stressed the fact that the displaced Jews are still waiting and enduring their third winter in camps since their “liberation.” “If the U.N. provision is not carried out promptly, we must expect a new wave of so-called ‘illegal’ immigration and new ?agedies on the high seas paralleling or exceeding the tragedy of the Exodus 1947,” ## warned.

Daniel Frisch, vice-president of the Zionist Organization of America and member of the World Zionist Actions Committee, warned against the “mushroom growth ## investment groups in this country that are seeking to attract capital for investment purposes in the new Jewish state.”

The Zionist leader emphasized the importance of immediately entrusting responsibility to the ZOA “for the task of channelizing and supervising planned investments in Palestine.” He explained that the enthusiastic readiness of the average American Jew to help in private initiative in Palestine “will be gravely endangered ## attempts of self-seeking individuals and groups attempting to capitalize on such projects.”

Mr. Frisch stressed that private initiative in Palestine is of vital importance for the success of the pending Jewish state and urged American Jews “to consult with the Zionist Organization of America before taking any steps in investments in Palestine.”

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