Conservative Rabbis Ask for Admission of Egyptian Jews into U.S.

The 57th annual convention of the Rabbinical Assembly of America, central body of the Conservative rabbinate, concluded here today with a resolution calling on President Eisenhower “to extend the parolee provisions of our immigration laws to include Egyptian Jews at this time.” The resolution drew attention to the “desperate plight of the Egyptian Jews who have been systematically plundered, impoverished, and forced to flee Nasser dictatorship.”

In another resolution, the convention called on the United States Government to exercise its influence so that Israel can have use of the Suez Canal and the Gulf of Akaba, pointing out that those “promises, which have been made or implied by the President of the U.S. must be fulfilled if we are rot to yield to the blackmailing devices of Arab potentates who flirt with Communism.”

The convention also reiterated its recognition “of the full rights of all citizens to equal opportunities for education, employment and housing, without regard to color or creed,” adding that “events of the past year have dramatized the more flagrant abuse of these rights in certain sections of the South.” Rabbi Aaron H. Blumenthal, of Mount Vernon, was elected president of the Assembly.

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