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Dr. Silver Urges President Truman to Reject Bernadotte’s Recommendations for Palestine

September 24, 1948
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Dr. Abba Hillel Silver, chairman of the American Zionist Emergency Council, today appealed to President Truman “to prevent the imposition of such iniquitous terms on Israel as the Bernadotte plan recommended and to stand by the pledged word of the American Government which accepted without reservation the Nov. 29 U.N. decision and which on May 14 gave de facto recognition to the state of Israel.

Dr. Sliver’s protest against Secretary Marshall’s endorsement of the Bernadotte report, which would give the Negev area now in Israel to the Arabs, was made in behalf of all official Zionist bodies in the United States–the Zionist Organization of America, Hadassah, Mizrachi Organization of America, Labor-Zionist Organization of America-Poale Zion, United Zionists-Revisionists of America, Hashomer Hatzair, Achdut Haavodah-Poale Zion (United labor Zionist Party).

Pointing out that the Zionist movement in this country had “relied on the loyalty of the American Government to the U.N. partition resolution of last November,” and on the personal commitment of the President and the platform pledges of the Democratic Party, Dr. Silver noted that “we have accordingly been profoundly shocked by Secretary Marshall’s unqualified endorsement of the recommendations of Count Bernadotte which would reduce the area of Israel by two-thirds, leaving it a miniature state incapable of large-scale settlement of refugees.”

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