WASHINGTON (Aug. 25)
President Johnson announced at a press conference here today that he has nominated Rep. James Roosevelt, California Democrat, eldest son of the late President Roosevelt, as United States, representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, with the rank of Ambassador. The post is the one held for two years, under appointment by the late President Kennedy, by Philip M. Klutznick, an American Jewish leader who had been president of B’nai B’rith.
In his post at the United Nations, Mr. Roosevelt will be concerned among other matters, with Human rights and the violation of such standards by the Soviet Union’s denial of full religious and cultural rights to the 3,000,000 Jews in the USSR.
A long-time friend of Israel, Mr. Roosevelt delivered an address on the floor of the House of Representatives only yesterday, proposing that the Arab refugees on Israelis border s be resettled in Arab lands, and opposing continued heavy United States financing of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees. The U.S.A. has been paying 70 percent of UNRWA’s bills for more than 15 years. Mr. Roosevelt will resign from his congressional seat to take the United Nations post.
The President announced also two other appointments of interest to Jews here. He named David G. Bress, president of the Washington Hebrew Congregation, and a member of the national executive board of the American Jewish Committee, as United States attorney for the District of Columbia. Mr. Bress, who is 57, is a native of Norfolk, Va. He was educated at the University of Virginia and Harvard Law School.
The President nominated James M. Nabrith, president of Howard University, a Negro institution, as U. S. representative on the United Nations Security Council, on the staff of the chief American delegate to the U. N., Arthur J. Goldberg. Dr. Nabrith, a noted Negro educator, visited Israel recently. He has written and lectured about Israel with an attitude deemed warm and under standings of the Jewish State’s problems.