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Anti-israel Propaganda Conducted in Washigton; Aid Cited

April 11, 1952
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Anti-Israel propaganda in Washington has been increasing during the last few days and is being conducted openly in the House of Representative and in Congressional committees.

A leading role in this propaganda campaign is being played by Congressman Fred L. Crawford, of Michigan, who told the House this week that American tourists are being exploited by Israel’s “black market.” Testifying before the House Sub-Committee on Territories and Insular Possessions, Rep. Crawford, who visited Israel, also spoke against American aid to the Jewish State.

“We are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into the State of Israel and overexpanding their permanent improvements, the capital expenditures as related to the economy which will be there to support it in subsequent years. “Rep. Crawford told the Sub-Committee.

A spokesman for the National Catholic Rural Life Conference today blamed Israel for economic and social problems in the Middle East. The Rt. Rev. Monsignor L. G. Ligutti, of Des Moines, Iowa, was asked at a panel discussion at the National Conference on International Economic and Social Development if the formation of Israel created economic and social problems which never before existed in the Middle East. The Catholic spokesman replied: “If it had not been for the creation of the State of Israel, you would not have the difficulties you describe in the Middle East.”

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