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Egyptian Premier Attacks Israel Violently at Bandung Conference

April 19, 1955
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A violent anti-Israel speech was delivered by Egyptian Premier Gamal Abdel Nasser today as the 29-nation African-Asian conference at Bandung, Indonesia, opened, it was reported here in dispatches from Indonesia.

The Egyptian Premier charged that “under the eyes of the United Nations and with its help and sanction the people of Palestine were uprooted and expelled from their fatherland to be replaced by a completely imported populace.” He said that “never before in history has there been such a brutal and immoral violation of human practices,” adding: “It is almost impossible to believe that such injustice could exist in the 20th century, the age of world order, and under the eyes of the United Nations, the guardian of international law and justice.”

However, by this morning when the conference opened, the question of Israel had been eliminated from the conference agenda and there appeared to be no likelihood of the adoption of a resolution condemning the Jewish State, for which the Arab League statesmen had been pressing. It is understood that the opposition of Burmese Premier U Nu, supported by Indian Prime Minister Jawarhalal Nehru, forced the Arabs to withdraw the proposed agenda item. Mr. U Nu is reported to have told the Arabs that his country is friendly with both the Arab states and Israel and such a resolution would embarrass Burma.

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