Labor Convention Criticizes U.S. for Yielding to Saudi Ban on Jews
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Labor Convention Criticizes U.S. for Yielding to Saudi Ban on Jews

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The California State Federation of Labor has sharply criticized the practice by Saudi Arabia in barring American military personnel of Jewish faith from the American base at Dhahran.

A resolution adopted at the annual state convention here declared that “Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab nations are allowed to dictate to the United States which Americans shall not serve in the Armed Forces of the United States, stationed in their countries, or in construction crews of American contractors in their countries.”

Declaring that. “President Eisenhower State Department has refused to make an issue of this, “the resolution said: “Among the nations still practicing slavery, where buying and selling slaves is a general practice, is Saudi Arabia, whose monarch received the red carpet treatment by President Eisenhower and the gold coin treatment by the U.S. Treasury.”

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