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Congresswoman Hits U.S. Stand on Partition on Return from Palestine; Says Mufti Popular

November 16, 1947
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Warning that the Arab states surrounding Palestine are preparing to fight the establishment of a Jewish state, Congresswoman Frances P. Bolton, Ohio Republican, today told the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on foreign aid that the U.S. stand backing partition had created general “dissatisfaction” in the Middle East.

Mrs. Bolton and Rep. Chester E. Merrow, Republican of New Hampshire, arrived in Jerusalem the day the U.S. stand backing partition was announced. “It was immediately apparent that no group was pleased with the U.N. plan,” she said. “Although the Jewish Agency had accepted the partition plan it seemed to be generally understood that they did so temporarily.” She said they found groups “of considerable size not only in the United States but in Palestine as well who are deeply opposed to the Zionist program.”

It was the responsibility of the U.S., Rep. Bolton said, to take note of the Arab attitude which she asserted had had little airing in this country. She said the ##ufti was growing in popularity and power and that zenophobia is “very much on the increase” in all the countries of the Near and Middle East, “undoubtedly subtly fostered by the Kremlin, but in the Near East openly led by the Mufti. He is a power and his announcement that all in disagreement with him will be liquidated does not help the peaceful solution of the partition plan should action be definitely taken up by the U.N.”

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