Paris (Feb. 17)
Twenty-seven Jews who attempted to cross the Syrian frontier into Palestine where they hoped to settle as chaluzim, were sent out of the country on a French steamer which is due in Marseilles on Saturday, it is reported here.
In France they will join forty-five other would-be chaluzim who were sent back from Syria destitute last week, having exhausted all their resources.
All the deportees are part of a group of seventy-two Polish Jews who went to Syria as tourists when they were unable to get visas to Palestine either as tourists or as chaluzim.
In Syria they paid over some money to some Arab guides, who were to lead them over the frontier. Some of the Jews were betrayed by the guides, others were caught by the Palestine police, and all of them were sent back to Syria.
The Syrian authorities compelled them to return to Marseilles. The Polish consul will probably be requested by the French government to arrange for the return of the group to Poland.
In the meantime Jewish emigrant aid societies in Paris will arrange for their shelter.