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90 Christian Leaders Ask Truman to Support in U.N. Israel of Jerusalem

Declaring that “citizenship in the state of Israel is the inherent right of the Jews of Jerusalem.” 90 Christian leaders, including some prominent members of the Christian clergy in the United States, appealed yesterday to President Truman to support a policy within the United Nations which would place the administration of Jerusalem in the hands of the government of Israel.

Commenting on the proposal of the U.N. Palestine Conciliation Commission to internationalize the city, the Christian leaders, in their message to the President, said that this plan was “neither desirable nor practicable.” Voicing deep concern for the safeguarding of Jerusalem’s Holy Places and the desirability of United Nations central over such places, the Christian leaders asserted they were “convinced that the state and people of Israel would, in administering Jerusalem, abide by the principle of freedom of religion.”