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Celler Withdraws Proposal to Eliminate “commonwealth” from Palestine Resolution

Rep. Emanuel Celler of New York, today repudiated his statement in the House on Tuesday that he would agree to the elimination of the word “Commonwealth” from the Wright-Compton resolution on Palestine if that would “get the resolution past the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”

“Oft times in the heat of debate,” Celler said today on the floor, “gratuitous remarks are injected which, uncorrelated with definite views theretofore expressed, may give erroneous impressions. I am and ever have been for the establishment of a Jewish Commonwealth in Palestine. As to the pending resolution I shall oppose any amendment which would militate against such Commonwealth.”