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Partition Hailed in Congress; Bergson Asks U.S. for 20 Ships to Move Dp’s to Palestine

December 3, 1947
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Reps. Arthur G. Klein and Jacob K. Javits, both of New York, today acclaimed the U.N. decision on Palestine in speeches on the floor of the House. Klein said the establishment of a Jewish state could be attributed in great part to the efforts of President Truman. Rep. Javits called on Britain to make “an orderly turnover of Palestine to the U.N. Commission.”

Speaking in the Senate late yesterday, Sen. Owen Brewster, of Maine, warned that the U.S. has assumed “a considerable measure of responsibility” as a result of the U.N. decision and suggested that a volunteer division of the U.S. Army be set up to be sent wherever the President felt necessary. Senator Wayne Morse, of Washington, also praising the U.N. decision, called for the establishment of a U.N. police force at that the U.S. would not be maneuvered into a position where “American boys under an American flag will be called upon to enforce some decision of the U.N.”

At a press conference here today, Peter A. Bergson, chairman of the Hebrew Committee of National Liberation, disclosed that he had informed U.N. Secretary-General ##ygve Lie that his organization would never accept partition. He, however, called on all “Hebrew patriots” to cooperate with the U.N. Commission and suggested that the U.S. provide the Hebrew Committee or the U.N. Commission with 20 boats to transport ?0,000 DP’s in Europe to Palestine within three months. He also asked that the U.S. ##ant war materiel to the Jewish defense groups in Palestine.

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