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5,000 Attend New York Labor Rally Supporting Israel; Warn Russia

Support for Israel in her “hour of triumph and peril” and a warning that a Soviet attack on the Jewish State could precipitate World War III were voiced in a resolution adopted by 5,000 persons attending a mass meeting here last night. The meeting was arranged by the Labor Zionist Assembly and the American Trade Union Council for Histadrut in Israel.

Declaring that Egyptian Dictator Gamal Abbel Nasser is a tool in the hands of Soviet rulers, the resolution added that the attacks on Israel are “merely a first step on the road to Communist domination in the Middle East.” The statement expressed regret that “in the face of threatened Soviet military intervention, the Government of the United States is not giving the State of Israel the support it has a right to expect. On the contrary our Administration is still entertaining false hopes of placating the Arab dictators by further concessions at the expense of Israel.”

“We salute the people of the State of Israel and pledge them unstinting support in their struggle to preserve the Jewish national homeland, established after millennia of untold Jewish sacrifices,” the resolution continued. “We urge the Jews of the United States to close ranks, “muster their full strength, and marshal all their resources to assist Israel in the struggle for survival. We call upon liberty-loving people everywhere to come to the aid of the democratic State of Israel.”

The meeting also heard addresses by Avraham Harman, member of the Jewish Agency executive; Berl Locker, member of the Knesset, and Louis Segal, general secretary of the Farband. Mr. Harman declared that “Israel and the Jewish people will not permit any new Auschwitzes and Treblinkas.” Mr. Locker reiterated Israel’s desire for peace with her neighbors. Mr. Segal, who chaired the meeting, paid tribute to Israel’s Army and reiterated that the latest events had demonstrated that Communism is–as it has always been–a danger to all mankind.

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