NEW YORK (Mar. 12)
Resentment was expressed here today against a statement made yesterday by a spokesman for the Arab delegations at the United Nations in which he said that “the Arabs object to the practice of allowing Americans to make tax-free contributions to Jewish charities.”
The Arab spokesman said that such contributions “indirectly support Israel’s military budget.” He cited Arab opposition to U.S. Government officials’ publicly espousing bond drives for Israel, At the same time, Prince Feisal el-Saud, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister, who represents his country at the current U. N. General Assembly session, said he was encouraged by his recent conversations with Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and predicted that “the United States would modify its policy and recognize the importance of the Middle East.”
Observers here emphasized that the remarks by the Arab spokesman constitute intervention into the internal affairs of the United States and are contrary to the spirit of the United Nations Charter. They pointed out that this new Arab propaganda move is part of the tactics of bolstering Arab morale and of influencing American public opinion in favor of a pro-Arab policy by the U. S. Government.