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Trusteeship Council Continues Discussion of International Statute for Jerusalem

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The United Nations Trusteeship Council which is considering a 1948 draft statute of an international regime for Jerusalem today approved a number of articles in the old draft portaining to the power of the proposed U.N. governor of the city, including his right to suspend the city’s legislature during a period of crisis.

During the debate, Iraqi delegate Fadhil Jamali declared that it was not even certain that a majority of the Jews oppose the internationalization of Jerusalem. (He was obviously referring to communications from two minor Jewish religious groups in Jerusalem–Neturei Kerta and the Ashkenazi Orthodox Council–who have expressed support of internationalization in communications to the Council.) Gideon Raphael, Israel delegate, declared that the majority of the Jews oppose internationalization in the form laid down in the Council statute.

(In Jerusalem, the Agudas Israel central committee officially denied that the Ashkenazi Orthodox Council, which submitted a memorandum yesterday to the Trusteeship Council demanding representation on any Jerusalem legislature set up by the U.N., was in any way connected with the Agudas Israel.)

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