State Dept. Contemplates Appointment of Col. Hoskins to Leading Post in Middle East

The State Department is contemplating the appointment of Col. Harold Hoskins as Director of American Economic Operations in the Fidile East, succeeding James M. Landis, it was disclosed today by Representative Emanuel Celler.

Speaking on the floor of the House, Celler termed Col. Hoskins “an avowed Arabphile” from whom “the Jews could not possibly obtain a square deal.” He also criticized the appointment of Wallace Murray as U.S. Ambassador to Iran saying that Mr. Murray, formerly head of the Near Eastern Division of the State Department, has been consistently opposed to utilization of Palestine as a haven for refugee Jews. In Iran, Rep. Celler stated, “Murray will undoubtedly cooperate with much enthusiasm with Arab opponents in Palestine, just as he has been in the past few years their most alert friend in the government services in the United States.”

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