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UNESCO Parley in Beirut Agrees to Admit Jewish Non-governmental Agencies

November 21, 1948
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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization decided last night in Beirut that observers of Jewish international non-governmental organizations should be admitted to the conference, it was reported here today from the Lebanese capital. The decision, however, was limited to those groups which accepted the Director-General’s invitation to attend the parley. None of the Jewish organizations — including the World Jewish Congress, ORT, OSE and the World Union of Jewish Students — accepted the invitation.

(In a message to the UNESCO, the World Union of Jewish Students in Paris said it was unable to attend the Beirut meeting because of Lebanese discrimination against students and the lack of assurances by the authorities as to how the Jewish observers would be treated while in Lebanon. The United Jewish Educational and Cultural Organization for Europe has declined to send a representative to the UNESCO meeting, it was announced today in New York by the American Jewish Committee, an original sponsoring organization of UNECO, which aids in the reconstruction of Jewish cultural life in Europe.)

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