MILAN (May. 28)
A declaration on behalf of Jews in 65 countries, pledging “unswerving support” to Israel in the current Arab-Israeli crisis, was issued here today by Dr. Nahum Goldmann, World Jewish Congress president, at a conference of the European section of the organization. Among those who joined in the declaration were delegates of Jewish communities in Rumania and Yugoslavia and observers from Hungary, as well as representatives from West European Jewish communities.
“In this fateful hour,” the declaration stated, “when the existence of Israel is threatened, the Jewish people throughout the world stand steadfast shoulder to shoulder with their brothers and sisters in Israel and pledges its unswerving support in defense of Israel’s freedom and independence.”
After stating that they could not believe that the great powers would deny Israel the right and means of defending herself, the delegates called in their declaration upon the great powers, the United Nations and the maritime states to uphold the right of access to the ocean. “At this grave moment, we appeal to men and women of good will, independent of race or faith, to rally to the cause of Israel,” the declaration concluded.