Jewish Leaders Call on Eisenhower; Discuss Nasser’s Blockade of Suez

President Eisenhower today indicated he would consider using his influence on Suez Canal transit restrictions during the visit of President Nasser of the United Arab Republic to the United States, according to a delegation of the Conference of Major National Jewish Organizations. The delegation, led by Label Katz, chairman of the Conference and president of B’nai B’rith. spent over 30 minutes with Mr. Eisenhower at the White House.

In addition to Mr. Katz, the delegation included Rabbi Irving Miller, president of the American Zionist Council, Rabbi Joachim Prinz, president of the American Jewish Congress, Moses Feuerstein, president of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, and Maurice Bisgyer, executive vice-president of B’nai B’rith.

Rabbi Miller made known that the President was asked to seek an end to the continued anti-Israel blockade of the Suez Canal and boycott pressures practiced by the UAR in defiance of international law.

Mr. Katz said a number of matters were discussed with the President, including topics that might emerge at the United Nations General Assembly session that opened today. The President was urged, said Mr. Katz, to use his personal prestige in the interest of world peace and especially Middle Eastern peace. The President’s response was termed “warm” and the meeting characterized as “fruitful.”

Mr. Eisenhower reiterated the American position on Suez transit and allied matters, it was indicated. The delegation conveyed Jewish New Year greetings to Mr. Eisenhower.

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