U.S. Failure to Back Zionist Representation Hit by Jewish, Christian Groups
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U.S. Failure to Back Zionist Representation Hit by Jewish, Christian Groups

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The U.S. Government’s failure to support the Jewish Agency demand for representation at Flushing Meadows came under fire today from Jewish and non-Jewish sources.

In telegrams to President Truman, Secretary of State Marshall and U.N. delegate Warren Austin, the American Jewish Conference protected the American failure to oppose discussion of the Palestine issue at the General Committee in the absence of Jewish representation. The Conference urged the U.S. Government to support the Agency request.

The American Zionist Emergency Council, which also wired Mr. Truman and Secretary Marshall, said that "owing mainly to the attitude taken by the American delegation, the Jewish viewpoint will remain unrepresented, while the Arab view will be adequately presented."

Thirty prominent Christian leaders, acting under the auspices of the American Christian Palestine Committee, called on the President, Mr. Marshall and Mr. Austin for "active, affirmative support" of the Agency plea. They expressed "deep concern" over reports that the U.S. opposes Zionist representation. Among those signing the appeal were prominent churchmen, social workers, newspapermen, artists and writers. The Trade Union Council of the National Committee for Labor Palestine, in messages to all the delegates attending the Assembly session, asked their support for the Agency stand.

The Hebrew Committee of National Liberation today wired Dr. Oswaldo Aranha, president of the Assembly, proposing that the General Committee agree to a full review and discussion of the Palestine problem by the Assembly, and give consideration "to all proposals for a solution of the problem which may be submitted to it by any member nation as well as proposals submitted on behalf of the Hebrew nation."

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