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Dulles Criticized for Misleading Statement on Jews at Senate Hearing

March 20, 1956
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Secretary of State John Foster Dulles was severely criticized last night for his recent statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the Arabs are hostile towards the Jews because they credit the assassination of Mohammed to a Jew. Although his advisers have drawn his attention on the spot that his statement is false, Mr. Dulles has withdrawn it only ten days later.

The criticism against Secretary Dulles was voiced by Carmine G. De Sapio, New York Secretary of State, speaking at a dinner of the Hapoel Hamizrachi, religious labor Zionist organization. The dinner was held at the Commodore Hotel in honor of Rabbi Bernard Bergman, president of the organization and was attended by about 1,000 guests. Rabbi Bergman appealed to President Eisenhower not to pursue a “foreign policy based on numbers” by favoring 40 million Arabs over 1,700,000 Israelis, but to live up to Americas moral obligation to defend democratic nations against aggression.

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