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State Department Denies Taking Action on Expulsion of Jews by Egypt

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The State Department officially denied today taking any diplomatic action in connection with reports on Egyptian expulsion of Jews. Press spokesman Lincoln White said the Department is still seeking information on the matter.

Unofficial State Department sources previously gave the impression that U. S. concern over reports indicating Egyptian expulsion of Britons, Frenchmen and Jews has been officially transmitted to the Egyptian Government. These sources say the Egyptian Government has not yet replied to the U. S. message.

President Eisenhower was urged tonight by the Jewish Labor Committee to instruct the U. S. delegation to the United Nations to support efforts to condemn the deportation of Jews from Egypt. The plea was made in a telegram to the President in Augusta, sent by Adolph Held, national chairman of the JLC. The wire urged the President to open the doors of our nation to these victims of the Nasser-Khrushchev pact with the same compassion as we rightfully expressed to victims of Soviet terror in Hungary.”

An appeal to President Eisenhower to have the American delegation at the United Nations bring Egypt’s expulsion of Jews before the UN General Assembly was also made today by the Rabbinical Council of America, representing Orthodox rabbis in this country. “These deportations are a pure case of genocide, ” the appeal said, stressing that if they are not halted, they will lead to the mass annihilation of one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world.

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