HC Deb 12 February 1948 vol 447 cc548-50
11. General Sir George Jeffreys

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has about the formation in this country of a Hebrew Legion; in particular by whom it is being raised; and what steps will be taken to prevent its members from embarking from this country for Palestine.

Mr. Ede

I have seen posters and literature issued by a body in this country calling itself the Hebrew Legion, which criticises the British administration in Palestine and calls upon Jews to become members for the salvation of the Jewish state. As regards the last part of the Question, I am not aware of any attempt to organise illegal entry into Palestine from this country.

Sir G. Jeffreys

Will the Home Secretary state whether it is lawful to use a force—because, presumably it is a force—for operations in a country which is being administered by the British, or, alternatively, if it is the case that it is being administered by the United Nations, is it not contrary to the Foreign Enlistment Act?

Mr. Ede

No, Sir. I am informed, as the result of an investigation, that this body is not a force.

Mr. E. P. Smith

Is it likely that any sensible Hebrew would wish to transfer from austerity to purgatory?

Mr. H. Hynd

Would my right hon. Friend apply the Foreign Enlistment Act to volunteers from either side in Palestine?

Mr. Ede

The question of the application of the Foreign Enlistment Act has not arisen. If there are infringements of the Act, it will be enforced.

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