New York (Sep. 4)
Pledges to fight racial and religious discrimination in the United States are included in the political platforms adopted by the N.Y. state conventions of the Democratic Party, the Republican Party and the American Labor Party which are now taking place. The Democratic platform urges the outlawing of such discrimination in the field of employment.
Britain’s policy on Palestine is severely criticized in the platforms of the Democratic Party and the American Labor Party. The Democratic platform condemns the British for resorting “to brutal repressions of the Jewish inhabitants, whose historic and promised rights to a Jewish national home are continually being violated by a mandatory power.
“We commend President Truman for his rejection of recent proposals which would nullify British obligations in Palestine,” the resolution says. “We call upon our Government: 1-To insist upon the opening of Palestine to the immediate immigration of 100,000 Jews as proposed by our President, and 2- To support, in the United Nations and in every other way, the establishment in Palestine of a free, autonomous and democratic Jewish commonwealth.”
The American Labor Party platform, decrying Britain’s “reign of terror” in Palestine, called upon the United States to press for the ending of the “blockade against refugees,” for the withdrawal of British troops from the country, for transfer of the mandate to the United Nations as a trusteeship and for immediate, unconditional admission of 100,000 Jews from Europe.
The Republican Party platform pledges “whole-hearted support” for measures to eliminate racial discrimination and “to make secure the civil rights and liberties of the people regardless of race, creed or origin.”