M0NTREUX, Switzerland (Jul. 5)
The World Jewish Congress’ political committee today submitted a set of resolutions to the 260 delegates from 64 countries attending the second convention. An introductory resolution declared that “the Jewish people desire to live in a world of peace and democracy and international cooperation.
“They desire to make a contribution to the freedom and happiness of mankind,” the resolution added. “The primary condition for Jewish survival is the elimination of the forces of fascist reaction which the democratic victory has not finally eradicated and which many countries promote by again pursuing designs to disturb world peace. To this end, the Jewish people seek to play a part in securing that the peaceful political and economic development of mankind should not be prevented by the division of the world into conflicting spheres of interest, but must be maintained through strengthening the authority of the United Nations and close cooperation in the work of the U.N. of peoples through voluntary international organizations.”
Other resolutions welcomed the establishment of Israel, adding that the W.J.C. will cooperate with “movements struggling to liberate mankind from tyranny”; attacked anti-Semitism “as endangering human liberty”; appealed to the Arabs to resist extremists’ provocations to violence and urged all governments to halt anti-Jewish agitation; greeted the Jews in the DP camps and asked all governments to facilitate the speedy resettlement of displaced Jews in Israel; urged the Allies to stem the growth of anti-Semitism in Germany and remove Jewish DP’s in Austria from Austrian jurisdiction. The delegates also welcomed the U.N. human rights convention and urged that the U.N. work out a genocide convention as quickly as possible, and demanded that a prohibition on the misuse of freedom of speech and of the press be instituted to prevent the spread of racism.
An annual budget of $3,500,000 was proposes by Prof. Noah Barou, but this, as well as the resolutions, were not expected to be acted upon before late tonight.