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Truman Urged to Withhold Funds from Schools Practicing Discrimination, Ewing Reveals

Federal Security Administrator Oscar Ewing Last night disclosed that he had urged President Truman to allot Federal funds only to schools where there is no discrimination because of race, creed, color or national origin. Speaking to an “Action for Israel.” rally sponsored here by the American Jewish Congress, Ewing said the record of discrimination in medical schools throughout the country is “too obvious and too blatant.”

Expressing confidence that President Truman will not back down in his determination “to support the legitimate alms of Israel,” the Federal Security Administrator told the meeting that “to the extent that Israel desires” the Government of the United States “will be glad to make available its experience in establishing Israel’s own health and welfare program.” He added: “I think it will be particularly heart warming if one of this country’s first official missions to the new State of Israel could be one which concerns itself with such matters.”

Dr. Stephen S. Wise, president of the American Jewish Congress, expressed concern that some “dissident members” of the American delegation to the U.N. might continue to subvert President Truman’s directives by making secret deals with the British delegation to force the Jews to yield part of the Negev. He urged the President to “take immediate measures to assure full compliance with his stated policy by those whom he has delegated to serve as representatives and to implement his policy by extending de jure recognition to Israel, by granting loans and economic assistance to the Jewish state, by instructing the American delegation to withhold its support from any plan for territorial adjustment not acceptable to the state of Israel and by fully supporting Israel’s application for membership in the U.N.”

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