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U.S. Silence on Anti-israel Blockade Criticized in Senate

Senator Stephen M. Young, Ohio Democrat, today made a Senate floor attack on the Administration for maintaining a “deafening” silence in the face of the United Arab Republic refusal to permit Israeli cargoes through the Suez Canal.

Senator Young said that the United States and United Nations “must no longer wink” at the Nasser regime’s “defiance of international law by impounding Israeli cargoes.” He stressed that “this is no time to reward a country that has backed down on its treaty commitments and has continually violated the principles of the United Nations.”

He painted out that the State Department last year supported UN Secretary General Hammarrskjold’s statement urging the re-opening of the canal to Israeli cargoes. “Since then, the silence from the Administration has been deafening,” said the Senator.