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State Department Watching Developments Affecting Jews in Arab Countries

February 1, 1948
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The World Jewish Congress today received assurances that the United States Government is closely observing developments affecting Jews living in Arab countries.

Replying to a communication from Dr. Stephen S. Wise, president of the World Jewish Congress, in which he expressed concern for the lives and property of Jews residing in Moslem states, Robert Lovett, Under-Secretary of State, wrote that the State Department “is receiving reports from its representatives concerning developments and will continue to follow the situation.” All possible and proper measures are being taken by American diplomatic and consular representatives for the protection of American lives and property in the Near East, Mr. Lovett stated.

Discussing the situation of non-Americans, Mr. Lovett’s letter said: “While the protection of Jewish communities in countries which are members of the Arab League is, of course, the responsibility of the governments of those countries, the Department of State is fully aware of the potential dangers of the situation. I am confident that the governments of these countries recognize their responsibility in this respect in view of assurances received by the Department that adequate protection will be accorded.”

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