New York (Oct. 24)
Thirteen American Jewish groups have secured accreditation to the section for voluntary organizations of the United Nations and will attend the U.N. General Assembly as observers, it was officially reported today. Three international Jewish organizations have also been accredited.
The Jewish representatives will watch primarily for developments at the General Assembly which affect human rights and the establishment of the International Refugee Organization, and for any moves that may be made with regard to Palestine.
Trygve Lie, Secretary General of the United Nations, addressing today’s session of the General Assembly, emphasized that “the proposed International Refugee Organization hold forth promise of progress in the settlement of the problems of hundreds of thousands of displaced and homeless persons.” The United Nations, he said, is aware of the urgent necessity of setting up this organization which will take over the work of UNRRA in the camps and explore possibilities for the resettlement of the refugees.
The Secretary General also touched upon the question of human rights and fundamental freedoms as provided by the Charter of the United Nations. “Some cynics,” he said, “may have the feeling that these words will never be anything more than words. They are wrong.” He regretted the fact that “unhappily, there are too many cases even in some of our most highly developed countries, in which elementary human rights are denied to certain sections of the population.”
TERMS OF PALESTINE MANDATE DISTRIBUTED AMONG DELEGATES
Although the Palestine question is not on the agenda and will not be raised by the Britain or the Arab delegations, the United Nations office today included the terms of the Palestine mandate in a document prepared by the secretariat for distribution among the delegations “for reference purposes in connection with the examination by the General Assembly of the trusteeship agreements relating to mandated territories.”
The thirteen American Jewish organizations which will have accredited representatives are: The American Jewish Conference, American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Congress,Agudas Israel of America, American League for a Free Palestine, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Hadassah, Jewish Labor Committee, Jewish War Veterans of America, National Council of Jewish Women, National Jewish Welfare Board, Rabbinical Assembly of America and Union of Sephardic Congregations.
The international Jewish organizations which received accreditation are the Jewish Agency for Palestine, World Jewish Congress and Agudas Israel World Organization. The Canadian Jewish Congress is among the non-American organizations which will have accredited representatives.