File No. 763.72/6662

The Minister in Sweden ( Morris) to the Secretary of State


692. Swedish Chargé d’Affaires, Constantinople, states that—

It appears that the activity of the commission of which ex-Ambassador Morgenthau is the head has created a feeling of uneasiness in Ottoman Government circles as well as among the Jews in this country. It is rumored that the said commission is endeavoring to obtain the political independence of Palestine for the Jews. The [Page 182] local press has published statements from the various Jewish committees and organizations in [Turkey] to the effect that the Jews of Ottoman nationality remain loyal to the local government and that they have always been faithful to their duties as loyal subjects of the Empire. It is possible that these rumors unless denied may have unpleasant results in so far as Americans in Turkey are concerned.

The foregoing is submitted to the Department of State for such action as it may deem necessary.