State Department Optimistic on U. N. Assembly Action on Anti-semitism

State Department officials noted today that they were optimistic that the United Nations General Assembly would definitely deliberate the draft convention on racial discrimination providing for a clause condemning anti-Semitism as an international offense during the fall session.

On the House floor this afternoon, Republican Congressman Seymour Halpern of New York praised the American delegation to the Human Rights Commission for its accomplishments, even though the commission neither “adopted” the anti-Semitism clause, nor formally voted or debated the section’s language as proposed by the American delegate, Mrs. Marietta Tree.

“It is our hope that this small, but meaningful first step will eventually yield the forthright universal condemnation of anti-Semitism,” he said. “There must be more than strictly national enforcement,” he stressed. He urged United States perseverance and leadership in the eventual incorporation of the anti-Semitism clause.

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