New York (Aug. 14)
The State Department considers the Palestine problems “difficult and complex” but is giving constant attention to those aspects of the problem which may concern the United States, the American Federation of Polish Jews was officially informed today in a communication from Washington.
The Department of State stresses the fact that the U. S. Government is interested in helping the surviving Jews in Europe. The absence of an official Jewish delegation at the San Francisco Conference of the United Nations is explained by the statement that the Conference merely reflected “the political organization of the world.” The letter, addressed to Dr. Joseph Tenenbaum, president of the Federation, reads as follows:
“This Department and the other agencies of the Government are keenly aware of the problems facing the Jewish people of Europe, arising from their persecution by the Nazis. Measures of relief have been going forward actively and are being intensified now that hostilities have ceased. The problems concerning Palestine are difficult and complex, and this government gives constant attention to those aspects which may concern it.
“I assume, in connection with your belief that the Jewish people should have a voice in international affairs, that you are referring to the United Nations Conference on International Organization which met in San Francisco. I should like to point out that the absence from the United Nations Conference of an official delegation representing the people of the Jewish faith merely reflected the political organization of the world. It did not imply lack of sympathy for those who have borne such a large share of the suffering inflicted on the world by the Nazi, nor did it indicate that the United Nations were not aware of the problems facing the Jewish people.”