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State Department Protests Saudi Arabia’s Refusal to Issue Visas to U.S. Jews

March 24, 1950
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The State Department said today that it has made representations to Saudi Arabia over the refusal of that country to issue transit visas to American Jewish passengers on international planes using the Dhahran airport without American “certificates of religion.”

Saudi Arabian visa officers have been demanding the certificates from American Jewish passengers. The State Department has informed Saudi Arabia that it does not permit differentiation between its citizens on the basis of race or religion. For this reason, U.S. Consulates have refused to supply Saudi Arabia with the required certificates.

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