PALESTINE: Symbols & Facts

The British cruiser Ajax dropped anchor last week at Haifa. In the first winter of the war against Hitler, the Ajax had been a symbol of hope and freedom when she and two other light British warcraft harried the German pocket battleship Graf Spee to self-destruction off Montevideo. She was not that sort of symbol last week to hundreds of desperate Jews who stared at her from impounded refugee ships in Haifa harbor.

The British, for the moment, were more interested in facts than in symbols; and one cogent fact was that Jewish immigration was running at 10,000 a month...

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