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American Zionist Council Scores State Dept. Announcement on Jerusalem

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Louis Lipsky, chairman of the American Zionist Council, today hurled a charge of “inconsistency” at the State Department for its statement yesterday that the United States would “participate constructively” in the Trusteeship Council’s consideration of the Jerusalem issue.

Mr. Lipsky, spokesman for the Council which represents all Zionist groups in the United States, made direct reference, in his statement, to the State Department’s failure to amplify its meaning of the term: “participate constructively.” He said: “To ‘participate constructively’ in the Trusteeship Council–a principle by which our government has always been guided–should not mean that the United States has yielded its strong feelings of opposition to an impotent and impossible regime for Jerusalem which, according to the views conveyed by the United States delegation on December 5, ‘does not in any way express the wishes of the people of that city.'”

In reaction to the State Department’s utterance that despite its opposition to the Jerusalem resolution, the United States, “consistent with its policy of respect for decisions taken in the United Nations by a majority of members,” would abide by that decision, Mr. Lipsky made this comment: “We recall only too well that on April 16, 1948, the United States Government was instrumental in convoking a special session of the General Assembly at the United Nations for the purpose of revoking the United Nations resolution of Nov. 29, 1947 which had ordered Palestine’s partition. This move to undo that United Nations resolution was initiated by our government despite its overwhelming passage in the General Assembly by a vote of 33 to 13.”

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