WASHINGTON (May. 27)
The United States Government today sent a second protest to the Lebanese Government over the detention near Beirut of 41 American citizens from the American ship The Marine Carp. The American Jews were among 69 men en route to Israel who were forcibly removed from the vessel.
In making the announcement, State Department spokesman Michael J. McDermott said the Department had not yet received any word from American Minister to Lebanon Lowell C. Pinkerton on the results of a poll he was taking of the 41 Americans in conjunction with a Lebanese offer to release all those who would return directly to the United State.
The Department has not yet received replies to protests made over the weekend to the Governments of Egypt and Syria stating that the U.S. refuses to recognize the declaration of a blockade of Palestinian coastal waters imposed by the two governments.
McDermott said the Department had no comment whatsoever on the talks now going on in London between American Ambassador Lewis Douglas and British Government official on the subject of Palestine.
A punitive American tax of 100 percent on all British imports to the United States was demanded today by Rep. Emanuel Celler of New York who introduced a bill in the House to inflict this duty “until Britain ceases aid directly or indirectly to Arab armies now guilty of .incursion to Palestine.”