Atlantic City (Jun. 16)
The 60th annual convention of the Order Brith Abraham went on record today in favor of passage by Congress of the Stratton Bill, which provides for the admission of 400,000 DP’s, and adopted a resolution calling for Federal and state laws outlawing discrimination in employment.
Other resolutions demanded an international law punishing those responsible for spreading racial hatred through newspapers, pamphlets or through assembly; the abolition of all anti-Jewish legislation in all countries; the return of personal property stripped by levies and fines from Jews to the surviving victims of Hitler; the return by Germany of heirless Jewish property to a recognized Jewish agency to be used for Jewish rehabilitation; action by the United Nations to send increased aid to displaced persons to prevent further deaths from malnutrition and disease; and permission for Jews still residing in Germany to leave that country if they so desire, without molestation and with the right to take their property with them.
Dr. Stephen S. Wise, president of the American Jewish Congress, addressing the convention, predicted that a Jewish state in the whole or part of Palestine will be established “before the end of the year.” He termed his prediction “a prophecy” and said it would come about “unless the British Government does the unthinkable and unforgivable thing of sabotaging the report of the U.N. Assembly on Palestine.” He called on President Truman to insist that the recommendations of the U.N. Assembly with regard to Palestine be accepted by the British.
Rabbi Wise sharply attacked those members of the Senate who oppose the Stratton Bill. “There are thousands of refugees in Europe in camps who are better Americans than members of the U.S. Senate,” he said, advising the House Committee on Un-American Activities to investigate the conduct of some of the Senators opposing the Stratton Bill.