WASHINGTON (Aug. 21)
Rep. Emanuel Celler of New York accused secretary of State Dulles today of not only dodging the issue of alleged Arab discrimination against American Jews but also of excusing the Arab behavior.
In a statement issued by his office, Rep. Celler said the Secretary’s pledge to take “formal diplomatic action” to curb Arab discrimination against American Jews is “meaningless in the Arab setting.” He said “standing alone, it will not give equality to our citizenry in those countries.”
Secretary Dulles wrote to the B’nai B’rith last week pledging diplomatic action aimed at ending discrimination against U.S. citizens in the Arab states. He said U.S. envoys were directed to “emphasize the equality of all Americans.”
Mr. Celler asserted that “instead of implementing the Senate resolution and the congressional declaration, he dodges both. He even offers excuses for these Arab outrages. One would think that he was seeking to defend the Arab action.”
The Senate, by formal resolution, opposed Arab discrimination against Americans of Jewish faith and American business firms owned by Jews.