U.S. Congress Devotes Two Hours to Speeches Marking Israel’s Anniversary

Sixteen Congressmen, including Jews and Christians, arose in the House of Representatives late today during a two-hour special order on Israel to register endorsement of the new nation on the occasion of its first anniversary.

Rep, Arthur G. Klein, of New York, who requested the special observance, said late today that perhaps 40 other Congressmen indicated that they would enter an extension of remarks later for the Congressional Record. Congressmen who spoke complimented Israel for its contributions to world peace and democracy.

More than 800 guests, including members of the diplomatic corps of many nations, attended a reception tendered by Ambassador and Mrs. Eliahu Elath at the Shoreham Hotel here tonight, in honor of the first anniversary of Israel’s independence.

The event marked the first important diplomatic reception held in this country by the new state. Invitations wore sent to all countries which recognized Israel. Members of Congress and other important government officials turned out in full force for the affair.

Hundreds of Jewish school children were guests of the Israeli embassy here today. A special tour of the building was arranged in observance of Israeli independence day.

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