U.S. Deeply Concerned over Expulsions from Egypt, State Dept. Says

The United States is deeply concerned about Egypt’s expulsion of Jews, Britons and French nationals, and has notified the Egyptian Government to this effect, State Department sources stated today. The exact from of the U. S. diplomatic action was not revealed, but it was indicated that the State Department is following events very closely.

President Eisenhower was called upon today to initiate a program to give refuge in the United States to the thousands of persons facing expulsion from Egypt. Rep. Isidore Dollinger wired the President to “lose no time” in taking action to help the people threatened with expulsion, “dire hardship and perhaps death.” Emphasizing the need for quick action, Rep. Dollinger said he felt certain that such action would have the approval of Congress and the American people.

Egypt’s expulsion of Jews and the confiscation of their property was discussed with Assistant Secretary of State William Rountree by Jacob Blaustein yesterday. Reports reaching here today from Egypt said that the British Consul in Port Said has appealed for an investigation by the international Red Cross of reports that the Egyptian secret police are holding as hostages one member of each Jewish family in Port Said. He revealed that the Egyptian secret police had arrested Jewish leaders in other cities, and urged that neutral Switzerland should ask Egyptian President Nasser what has happened to the arrested Jews.

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