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State Department Contacting Egypt and Other Arab States on Goldberg

State Department sources made it known today that Egypt and other Arab states are being contacted with a request to withhold judgment of the allegedly partisan attitude toward Israel by Arthur J. Goldberg, newly-appointed head of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations, until such time as Mr. Goldberg can demonstrate his objectivity and fairness at the United Nations.

Reports were received here today of an outcry in the Arab press against the Goldberg appointment. The Cairo Daily “Al-Gomhouria” ran a banner headline asking: “Why was a Jew appointed U.S. Ambassador to United Nations?” The newspaper “Al-Akhbar” of Cairo charged that “U.S. Ambassador to U.N is a Zionist” Another Cairo newspaper, “Al Ahram” quoted an Israeli newspaper which reported that Mr. Goldberg was proud of being a Zionist.

In Beirut, the newspaper “Al-Fafa” urged cancellation of the appointment. The Beirut newspaper “Al-Shaab” termed the appointment “a challenge to the Arabs”. A newspaper in the Jordanian part of Jerusalem. “A Difaa”, said that “putting the Zionist Jew Goldberg in the post is an open challenge to all the peoples of the Middle East”.

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