American Christian Parley Asks Truman to Urge Britain to Observe U.N. Partition Decision

The American Christian Palestine Committee, representing thousands of Christian church and lay leaders in the United States, called upon President Truman today “to seek an accord with Great Britain on Palestine policy that will be in consonance with the United Nations decision of Nov. 29, 1947.”

Closing its three-day conference, the Committee wired the President last night its commendation for his prompt recognition of the State of Israel. At the same time, it urged him to modify the arms embargo and press for the admission of Israel to the United Nations.

The conference, which was attended by more than 125 outstanding Christian clergymen, educators and civic leaders, simultaneously wired Sir Oliver Frank, British Ambassador to United States, and Sir Alexander Cadogan, British Delegate to the United Nations, expressing a “sense of outrage” with the British Government for “its open military and moral support” of Arab aggressors. “It is our resolve in our communities to publicize Britain’s alliance with the Arabs and its flouting of the United Nations, and to press for safeguards against the use of E.C.A. funds for the war against the State of Israel, “the message said.

In their wire to Truman, the delegates reminded him that the government officials responsible for the fight against the partition of Palestine and for the subsequent American reversal on partition last March were still in positions of responsibility. “We believe that retention of these men in office constitutes a threat not only to jour own announced policy, but to the security of Israel and to the integrity of American’s time-honored pledges for the support of a Jewish national home.

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