The White Paper of 1939, also known as the MacDonald White Paper, was issued by the British government in May 1939. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the paper "essentially yielded to Arab demands. It stated that the Jewish national home should be established within an independent Palestinian state. During the next five years 75,000 Jews would be allowed into the country; thereafter Jewish immigration would be subject to Arab 'acquiescence.' Land transfer to Jews would be allowed only in certain areas in Palestine, and an independent Palestinian state would be considered within 10 years." The article goes on to note, "The Zionists were shocked and enraged by the paper, which they considered a death blow to their program and to Jews who desperately sought refuge in Palestine from the growing persecution they were enduring in Europe."
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Item is a pamphlet issued by Combined Palestine Appeal, which was located at 651 Spadina Avenue in Toronto. It outlines the organization's reasons for rejecting the White Paper of 1939 and includes quotes from Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Jan Smuts. On the back of the pamphlet is information about the organization's official campaign, which was set to open on 22 May (1944?).