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Jewish Groups Urge Congressional Action Against Saudi Arabian Bias

July 27, 1959
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Six national Jewish organizations asked Congress today to make a clear cut declaration of its opposition to giving mutual security aid “to Saudi Arabia or any other country that creates discrimination because of their race or religion among American citizens in the granting of any rights otherwise available to U.S. citizens generally. “

The request was made in a statement by the American Jewish Congress, Jewish Labor Committee, Jewish War Veterans of the United States, Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America and the United Synagogue of America.

The organizations hailed Senator Wayne Morse for his announcement that he will introduce such an expression of Congressional sentiment as an amendment to the Mutual Security Appropriation Bill when it reaches the upper chamber. Senator Morse and 43 other Senators had supported such an amendment to the Mutual Security Bill recently enacted.

The Jewish organizations in their statement commended these Senators and expressed the “hope that their number will be increased to a substantial majority when the issue is again placed before the Senate. The statement was released by the National Community Relations Advisory Council, coordinating body for the six organizations and for 48 Jewish community relations councils in cities throughout the United States.

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