WASHINGTON (May. 16)
Senator Edwin C. Johnson of Colorado has made public in the Congressional Record the text of a letter he received from Peter H. Bergson, national director of the Committee for a Jewish Army of Stateless and Palestinian Jews, stating that “it was not the intention” of the Committee to use the names of certain senators for an unauthorized endorsement of the contents of an advertisement in which the Committee termed the Bermuda Conference a “cruel mockery.”
“In the course of the last week,” the letter reads, “some of your distinguished colleagues have expressed, on the floor of the Senate, their dissatisfaction with the publication of their names in connection with an advertisement published by our committee. To our complete surprise, a list of names of signatories of the proclamation on the moral rights of the stateless and Palestinian Jews, appended to a quotation from that document and placed in a separate box to the left of our May 4 advertisement in the New York Times has been interpreted as using those names for an unauthorized endorsement of the contents of that advertisement.
“On behalf of all my colleagues on the executive board, and myself, I wish to assure you that this definitely was not our intention and that nothing was further from our minds. We are extremely sorry that such an interpretation has been made and we wish to take this opportunity to express to you and your colleagues our sincere regrets. Please convey our apology to those of your distinguished colleagues in the United States Senate who have taken this view,” the letter concludes.