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Palestine Jews Protest to High Commissioner on Refugees

November 13, 1940
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(Delayed) — The Asefath Hanivcharim (Jewish national assembly), holding the first extraordinary session in its history to discuss the problem of refugees, decided today to send a delegation representing all groups in the Jewish-community to High Commissioner Sir Harold A. MacMichael.

Berl Katznelson, speaking for the Histadruth, Jewish labor federation, and Rabbi Moshe Blau of the orthodox Agudath Israel were among those who addressed the meeting.

(Censored dispatches from Palestine in the past two days have indicated that the Jewish community is aroused over some action taken by the authorities regarding 1,771 refugees who arrived at Haifa on two ships. On the basis of the incomplete reports it was believed in London that the refugees had not been allowed to land. These refugees are presumably Central European Jews who reached Palestine after being shunted from port to port on the Danube for months and who finally managed to cross the Mediterranean.)

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