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American Jewish Congress Calls for Immediate U.S. Withdrawal from Vietnam

The American Jewish Congress, in a resolution adopted by its governing council, called today for “an immediate and total withdrawal of American troops from Vietnam” beginning with “a cessation of all offensive military operations.” The resolution charged that there had been “no real progress” toward peace despite the limited reduction in the American military commitment and despite the “rhetoric of hope.”

The American Jewish Congress resolution called on the United States to take the initiative in disengagement and not to be bound by the Saigon government in any course of action. It proposed a three-point program; cessation of all offensive military operations; immediate and total withdrawal of American troops, and pressure on Saigon to take steps immediately to form a truly representative government.

The resolution declared that only by immediate withdrawal “can the tragedy that is Vietnam be brought to an end.”

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