Mizrachi Women’s Convention Urger Truman to Support Direct Israeli-arab Peace Talks

A resolution stating that the will of the American people with regard to Palestine was being “thwarted by the actions of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations” was adopted here last night at the 23rd annual convention of the Mizrachi Women’s Organization of America.

The 500 convention delegates, representing 50,000 members throughout the United States, urged President Truman to send “clear instructions” to Secretary of State George C. Marshall in Paris to support Israel’s demands for direct peace negotiations with the Arab states. It was also announced that the group had voted to plant a 50,000-tree “Truman Forest” in Israel to honor the “courageous and fortright stand of the President in assisting the establishment of Israel.”

Addressing the convention, Judge Morris Rothenberg, president of the Jewish National Fund of America, pointed out that “of the 14,500,000 dunams of land comprising the area of the Jewish state under the U.N. decision, Jewish land holdings–including approximately 1,000,000 dunams owned by the J.N.F.–do not exceed 11.7 percent of the total area awarded to Israel. American Jewry today faces the duty of mobilizing, on an unprecedented scale, its moral and material resources to aid in the implementation of a great settlement and reconstruction program in Israel,” he said.

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