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?weden Backs Demand for Jewish Emigration to Palestine; Favors Zionist Aspirations

April 21, 1944
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The almost unanimous support being given Zionist spirations in Palestine by Swedish churchmen, labor leaders and the general public is reflected in editorials appearing in several of the most influential stockholm newspapers in connection with the closing of Palestine’s gatefic? Jewish immigration.

At the same time, an international labor group here, composed of representatives of labor organizations in fourteen European countries, is preparing to issue a statement demanding action to aid European Jews. The statement makes four demands: ? Immediate measures to save Jews in occupied countries; 2) National and international measures against anti-Semitism; 3) Guarantees that Jewish refugees will be returned to their homelands, if they so desire, after the war, with full civil, cultural and economic rights; and 4) Support of Jewish development of Palestine as a partial sclucion to the refugee problem.

The Morgen Tidningen expresses the hope that the British Government, in view of the desperate situation which will ensue if all Jewish immigration to Palestine is stopped, will act to modify the ban. The Afton Tidningen publishes an editorial expressing similar sentiments, while the Dagens Nyheter carries a statement by Prof. Hugo Valentin of Upsala University, who is president of the Swedish Zionist Union, ?asserting that it is necessary to give 2,000,000 European Jews, who may desire to do so, the right to immigrate to Palestine.

Archbishop Eidem of Stockholm and other prominent churchmen this week issued public statements favoring Jewish aspirations in Palestine and supporting the Jewish National Fund’s campaign to establish a “King Gustav Forest” in Palestine.

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