British Labor Congress Urges International Guarantees for Israel
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British Labor Congress Urges International Guarantees for Israel

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A five-point resolution calling for an international guarantee of Israel’s borders and a replacement of Israel’s armistice agreement with neighboring Arab states by a “real peace” was unanimously adopted today by the Trade Union Congress, representing more than 9,000,000 workers in Britain.

The resolution urged: 1. Agreement by the Great Powers to work for the establishment of peaceful relations in the Middle East; 2. A large-scale development program under United Nations auspices for the entire Middle East; 3. An international guarantee for Israel’s frontiers; 4. United Nations efforts to transform the armistice pacts into peace treaties through direct Israel-Arab negotiations; 5. Constructive solution of the Arab refugee problem through resettlement with external aid.

The Congress, which officially invited Dr. Ezra Hayut, assistant international secretary of the Histadrut, and Dr. S. Levenberg, Jewish Agency representative in London, to attend the meeting, pledged its complete support to the International Congress of Free Trade Unions for the development of such unions in the Middle East, as one of the main safeguards for peace and social and economic progress in the area.

George Harrison and Jacob Potofsky, members of the executive board of the AFL-CIC, said they would present their views on the Middle East during the coming weekend. Many delegates paid tribute to Israel and her important contributions to social progress and democracy.

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