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Celler Criticizes Government for Granting Lend-lease to Arab Countries

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Rep. Emanuel Celler of New York, in a nationwide radio address tonight, charged that the lend-lease administration was guilty of violating the law and disregarding the intent of Congress in granting approximately $14,000,000 worth of lend-lease aid to Saudi-Arabia and Iraq, despite their obstruction of the Allies during the war. He cited as evidence the presence in the United States of two thousand Moslem and Arabian prisoners of war at Camp Opelika in Alabana.

The Congressman condemned the British Government for failure to place the ex-Mufti of Jerusalem on the war criminals list, and to ask for his extradition from France where he is now residing. Celler asserted that the British undoubtedly want to use the ex-Mufti “to lead the intransigent Moslem forces in the Near East to stir up discontent.”

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