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Jewish Congressman Barred by Saudi Arabia from Visiting U.S. Base

Rep. Seymour Halpern, New York Republican, today complained to Secretary of State Rusk that he learned, in booking a commercial airline trip to Africa and Asia, that he would be barred by Saudi Arabia from using civil air terminal facilities built at Dhahran by U. S. funds.

In a letter to Secretary Rusk, Rep. Halpern said he believed “in the freedom of U. S. Congressmen and all Americans, regardless of religious faith, to visit any nation benefiting from aid provided by U. S. taxpayers.”

Citing the Administration’s newly announced foreign aid doctrine which links assistance with social reform by beneficiaries, he asked if the State Department would grant further funds to Saudi Arabia despite that nation’s continued discrimination against American Jews.