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Labor Group Charges State Dept. Surrender to Arab States on Bias

The Jewish Labor Committee, in a report published today, accused the State Department of surrender to demands by Arab States to bar American citizens of the Jewish faith from military or civilian employment at U.S. bases in Arab countries.

The committee’s report charged that "the State Department has submitted to this blackmail by the Arab States and has thus far failed to take effective action to end this discrimination, despite ample diplomatic precedent. The U. S. Government and its State Department are thus remiss in their obligation to assure and protect the equal rights of United States citizens to travel, to pursue lawful trade, and to engage in other activities abroad without distinction as to race or religion."

The State Department’s policy deprives American Jews of equal employment rights, violates the constitutional rights of American soldiers of the Jewish faith and violates the civil rights of Americans of the Jewish faith, the report claims. It declares the issue to be "the defense of the dignity of the American passport, and the defense by the State Department of the equal rights of American citizens overseas against any discrimination by a foreign power."

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