New York (May. 31)
Dr. Nahum Goldmann and Louis Lipsky, members of the executive of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, left last night by plane for San Francisco in connection with the report that the Soviet delegation has requested the omission of the so-called “Palestine clause” from the trusteeship proposal now before the United Nations Conference.
The departure of the two Zionist representatives took place after an urgent neeting of the American Zionist Emergency Council yesterday at which the move of the Soviet delegation was discussed. On the basis of long-distonce telephone talks with leading members of the U. S. delegation in San Francisco, it was reported at the meeting that the Soviet Government is not aiming at Jewish rights but at the general political situation in the Near East. However, it was agreed that, whatever the motives may be, the Soviet request may prove detrimental to Jewish interests in Palestine.
The meeting of the Emergency Committee followed a press conference arranged by the American Jewish Conference at which members of the Conference who returned from San Francisco reported on the activities of the joint delegations there, which represented the American Jewish Conference, the World Jewish Congress and the Board of Deputies of British Jews. Mr. Lipsky, who presided, emphasized that “the area of dis agrement among Jewish organizations is becoming smaller” and that the representatives of all Jewish groups agreed at San Francisco that “the reservoir of Jewish life must be established in Palestine.
Commander Harold E. Stassen of the U. S. delegation, and New Zealand Prime minister Peter Fraser, who is the chairman of UNCIO’s trusteeship committee, were especially commended for their sympathy and support to the Jewish cause. Other speakers at the press conference included Herman Shulman, Rabbi Israel Goldstein, Rabbi Joseph E. Lookstein and Maurice Pisgyer.