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?epper Charges Arab-british Effort at U.N. to Liquidate Mandate; Asks U.S. Back Jews

May 12, 1947
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Charging that “a concerted British-Arab effort is ?eing made in the U.N. to nullify” the Palestine Mandate, Sen. Claude Pepper, Florida democrat, urged tonight that the U.S. take the lead in securing action by the U.N. ##to implement the pledges to the Jewish people regarding the Holy Land. He opposed ##urther inquiry committees.Addressing a “Palestine Liberation Dinner,” under the auspices of the United Zionist-Revisionists of America, Sen. Pepper said that the only solution of the problem was the “immediate transfer to Palestine — under the auspices of a Jewish national authority and under international supervision — of a large number of Jews in Europe and the Near and Middle East, thus creating a Jewish majority in the country, a prerequisite for the Jewish States.” He added that the “core of the Jewish tragedy is that the Jews are a minority everywhere.”

Palestine attorney Max Seligman, who defended Dov Gruner and other underground fighters, decried the claim of the Palestine Arab Higher Committee to represent the Arabs of that country, declaring that the committee was hand-picked by a few powerful families. He asserted that Jamal Husseini was “specially brought to Palestine by the British Government in order to lead the alleged Arab national movement.” Other speakers included Pierre Van Passen, Dean Alfange and Edgar Ansel Mowrer. Col. Morris J. Mendelshoh, chairman of the executive board of the Zionist-Revisionists, presided.

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