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Call in the Wilderness BY CLAUDE PEPPER The following appeal, in behalf of the Exodus 1947 deportees, by Senator Claude Pepper of Florida, was published August 19th as a letter to the N. Y. Times. It can now be aptly described as a call in the wilderness.—Editor. It is to be hoped that the embittered passions which swept Britain and the British community in Palestine recently in connection with the brutal revenge wreaked by the Irgun against the two British sergeants will not becloud the fate of the 4500 hapless refugees on the Exodus 1947. There are rumors that the ships on which they have been held in the burning sun outside Port De Bouc are now to be sent to an unknown destination, perhaps to some tropical British possession. I hope earnestly those rumors are false. The tragedy of the Exodus, more than any other recent event, sym bolizes the moral dilemma of our day. 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Have I overstated the dangers and threats to the refugees? It may appear that way in remote and insulated London, Washing ton and New York. But it will not so appear to those who have been in Central Europe since the war and have seen with their own eyes the concentration camps and the desolation, as I have. They could not conscientiously attempt to persuade the refugees that the fears and dangers are illusory. The refugee has seen the dang ers and desolation. He has buried his dead. What he saw and what he knows are seared into his flesh and bone. He will not be beguiled by judicious admonitions in ob jective editorials. NOT IN MALICE The British Government is not BEST WISHES FRANK E. DIAMOND Life Underwriter % Phone 5-7032 HAPPY NEW YEAR Rental Agency MAL HAUGHTON. JIL. A CO. Rentals lnsurance 108 W. Bay St. Phone 5-0807 THE SOUTHERN JEWISH WEEKLY acting in malice. If I judge cor rectly it is acting in a kind of desperation, compounded of fear, obstinacy and confusion. For Brit ain is itself beleaguered and threatened by grave political and economic problems. With cour age, characteristic of her people, Britain is facing up to most of those problems. With willful shortsightedness, not uncharacteristic of her con duct in Palestine, Britain refuses to face up to the problem of the refugee. Her answer to the prob lem has been taken from some dusty pigeonhole where repose the rules of imperial conduct of that earlier day when Britain was mis tress of the seas and arbiter of the fate of the less fortunate peo ples of the world. Britain, which should remember best, has apparently forgotten what the history of liberty more than once shows —men will not let themselves be suffocated by the sterile fiat of legalistic ukase; they will fight for the air they must breathe to live —even against a British blockade. The meaning of the Exodus cannot be lost on the members of the United Nations Commission on Palestine. It makes undeniable the words they heard from Dr. Chaim Weizmann: “We cannot wait. We have waited too long.” Move Forward or Perish The survivors of the German death chambers have waited in line long and patiently for a chance at life and decency. That line must move forward or its ranks will perish. Would it have advanced an inch if it were not for ships like Exodus 1947 ? What answer—an answer more expedi tious and legal—will the United Nations Commission give to those who stand, but will not wait in definitely, for a chance to live? How will the Commission balance the metaphoric “life-line of em pire’ ’against the flesh and blood life-line? An English writer, David Court ney, has eloquently voiced the be liefs of millions of Christian Eng lishmen in a column he wrote re cently on the Exodus 1947. He said, “if the world cannot give dignity to the Jew, it will forfeit its own dignity and continue to be the sport of its irrational pas sions. Is there any man who in righteousness can deny the sus taining heritage of native land to a fellow-man who. by the doctrine of the very nations that dispose his fate, is born in the image of God, but by the ethnic hazard a Jew?” It is deeply heartening to find a fellow-Christian so eloquently applying the Golden Rule to one of the most burning problems of our day. Copyright, 1947, Independent Jewish Press Service, Inc. HAPPY NEW YEAR! OF JACKSONVILLE PHONE 5-0981 BEST WISHES! —Patronize— Jack Tillotson's SERVICE STATION Sixth & Pearl Phone 5-9356 HAPPY NEW YEAR! BECKER’S Kosher Market & Delicatessen 209 Broad St. Phone 3-0238 Ex-Governor Lehman and Rabbi Dr. De Sola Pool Join Care Doners msm Mß* JHP llpp s Iplßi # ; X m -js jffjjl mS. is mm, I Bpi m f Y Srapikv I J j | ,1 Former Gov. 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