San Francisco (May. 18)
The Jewish Agency for Palestine today filed a memorandum with the UNCIO secretariat, protesting against the circulation among the UNCIO delegates of the appendix to the charter of the pan-Arab league which claims that Palestine is an Arab state and should be included in the league, and that the isague has the authority to designate an Arab representative for Palestine.
The Jewish Agency memorandum points out that Yemen and Transjordan, which are not members of the United Nations, are signatories to the league pact, and says that on this basis along the secretariat should have refused official circulation to the appendix. It also asserts that the inclusion of Palestine in the pan-Arab body is a matter of foreign relations which is within the authority of the mandatory power, and concerning which the Agency is entitled to advise and cooperate. It asks, finally, that its memorandum be circulated as an official UNCIO document to all the delegates.
A big step towards strengthening the provision for safeguarding human rights which is to be included in the charter of the world security organization was taken yesterday by the UNCIO’s Committee on Economic and Social Cooperation, which altered the Big Four proposal on the subject so as to impose an obligation on member nations to “observe” as well as “respect” human rights and fundamental freedoms without distinction as to race, language, religion or sex.
A discussion on the human rights safeguards will be broadcast tomorrow night by Judge Joseph M. Proskauer, president of the American Jewish Committee, during the weekly mation-wide State Department program over the network of the National Broadeasting Company. Judge Proskauer is the only civic consultant to he honored with an invitation to participate in the breadcast, in recognition of his services in advancing the human rights concept here. Assistant Secretary of State Archibald Macleish will preside.