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Rep. Celler, in Congressional Speech, Calls for Partition of Palestine

January 9, 1947
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Rep. Emanuel Celler, New York Democrat, the first congressional leador to be heard on the Palestine question this session, today told the House that it is “imperative” that Britain realize the immediate necessity for partition of the Holy Land into separate Jewish and Arab states “each in control of and fully responsible for the economic, political and social development of their own spheres.”

“We cannot overlock the importance of achieving peace in the Middle East if we are bent on world peace,” Celler said. “The deadlock in the middle east must be broken.” With partition the friction and tension now evident between Arab and Jew would cease, he declared, and energies would be directed toward a program of economic and social progress in the middle east. Celler suggested that the Arab state that would result from partition be joined to Transjordan.

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