The Promised Land Fulfills
By Sea and by Air Thousands of the
Children of Israel Come Home
Tel Aviv (By Mail)
When, during the last war, President Roosevelt ordered that
we admit some refugee into the United States, a shipload of uprooted persons
of all faiths, not quite a thousand, was brought to this country and for
security reasons was lodged in a camp near Oswego, N.Y. Since the United
States has more than 140,000,000 persons and Jewish Palestine only 700,000,
one thousand refugees for the United States are proportionately equal
to five refugees for Jewish Palestine.
At present 15,000 refugees reach Israel each month, and
the land absorbs them. This rate of immigration would bring 35 million
newcomers to the United States in one year, or 10 million to the British
The land is small, and years of misery and years of compulsory
idleness are sometimes the only baggage of these homeless ones; the country
is at war and all available material reserves must be devoted to the struggle
for survival. And still the refugees come, by sea and by air.
Never have vessels of the sea and planes of the air carried
such a multitude of the destitute and home-seeking; planes and ships move
in an unbroken line toward the East. No land is willing to receive these
homeless ones save the Promised Land: the old, the young, the sick, the
mother and the expectant motherthe land welcomes and absorbs them
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The prophet Jeremiah had a vision (31:8ff.)
Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and
gather them from the uttermost parts of the earth, and with them the blind
and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child
together: a great company shall return thither. They shall come with weeping,
and with supplications will I lead them. I will cause them to walk by
the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble:
for I am a father to Israel.
The words of the prophet have become life. With weeping
the children of Israel return to their country, and the gates of the land
are opened wide before them, and the land takes them in and mothers them.
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Economists will vainly seek the solution to this problem:
How can so small a country, with all its resources devoted to its defense,
take in all this multitude from the camps of the displaced?
The answer is not written in books. It is written in the
hearts of people. No country in the world could do this. The Promised
Land can and does.
It says: Come to me all you who are tired, all you who are
persecuted; enter my gates; be my children; till my soil; and stretch
your hand to those who come after you and bring them in, too.