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Petition State Department for Intercession at UN on Behalf of Jews in Arab Lands

Undersecretary of State Elliot Richardson was presented today with a petition signed by 12,000 academicians and university students urging United States intercession through the United Nations to evacuate Jewish nationals in Arab countries. A delegation headed by Dr. Benjamin Miller of the University of Pennsylvania, in conferences with Mr. Richardson and other ranking State Department officials, stressed the worsening plight of Jews in Arab lands since the 1967 Six-Day War. The petition, bearing the signatures from 50 colleges in 30 states, called on the United States to “facilitate” emigration “by every possible means,” through the UN. It proposed that the UN and “other nations that value human life and dignity” allocate funds for such a program, supplemented by voluntary private sources.

Dr. Miller said the meeting with State Department officials provided “a productive exchange of views.” The delegation included among others Msgr. John M. Oesterreicher, director of the Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University, and Rabbi Benjamin N. Kahn of Washington, director of B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundations.

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