U.S. Congress Reconvened; Has 11 Jewish Members; One Less Than in 1961

The second session of the 87th Congress opened today with one less Jewish Congressman than it had during the first session last year.

Missing is Democrat Lester Holtzman, who represented New York’s Sixth District of Queens, who was elected to the New York State Supreme Court. The vacancy will be filled by a special election for which a date is still to be set. Mr. Holtzman’s retirement now leaves 11 Jews in both houses of Congress.

Senator Thomas J. Dodd, who is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said here today that he will introduce a resolution during the early days of the new Senate session, urging that the United States use its good offices to attain an Arab-Israel peace treaty. Declaring that he considers Arab-Israel peace “a very important question, one of first priority,” Sen. Dodd stated: “I consider Israel a great stabilizing factor for us in the Middle East. If there is no peace, Israel cannot play that role.”

The Senator, a Democrat, recalled that President Kennedy had pledged during the election campaign in 1960 to help bring peace in the Middle East. In discussing general Middle Eastern affairs, the Senator said he considered Gamal Abdel Nasser, president of the United Arab Republic, a dictator of the Hitler-Mussolini stripe.

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