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VOL. 28 NO. 34
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All smiles as they conclude their important discussions in Israel are Prime Minister David Ben-
Gurion and UJA general chairman Edward M. M. Warburg. Warburg and Dr. Joseph Schwartz are
in the Jewish State to obtain the latest first-hand data on needs for immigration and colonization of
immigrants. (American Jewish Press Radio Photo by Rubinger.)
(Copyright, 1951, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Inc.)
There is little likelihood that Egypt at the present stage will
comply with the order of the United Nations Security Council to
cease restricting the movement of Israel-bound vessels through the
Suez Canal, but the Council decision held considerable significance
for Israel nevertheless.
Os long-term importance was
the fact that the Suez case forced
the Western powers who domi
nate the Council to recognize the
appeasement of the Arabs at Is
rael’s expense could go only so far
before it backfired. The decision
of September Ist against Egypt
marked the UN’s first clear-cut
censure of an Arab state since
1948, despite the fact that the
Arab League has in that period
been carrying on an active cam
paign of hostile acts against the
Jewish state aimed at stifling Is
rael’s economic development.
In other words, the UN has
been indirectly co-operating in
the Arab League campaign, even
to the extent of ignoring a formal
Israel complaint of aggression by
Syria earlier this year in connec
tion with the Huleh dispute. The
Security Council in the Suez case
has now reversed this sinister
trend. It has upheld Israel, cen
sured -Egypt and directed it to
halt the “hostile act” it has been
guilty of.
At another level, the decision
had a further basic significance.
The excuse and theoretical justifi
cation invented by the Arab states
for their belligerence toward their
Jewish neighbor was the “legal
state of war.” The armistice
agreements merely stopped shoot
ing, is the Arab argument; the
state of war continues and hostile
acts short of shooting remain jus
This absurdity, which flies in
the face of the understandings ar
rived at in Rhodes and even rep
resents a switch on the part of the
Arabs, was scotched for good by
the Council’s Suez action. The
Council made it clear that it sub
scribed completely to the Israel
argument that such a recognition
by the UN would put it in the
position of encouraging, rather
than discouraging, international
strife. The decision thus served to
give new strength to the armistice
agreements and pulled the rug
from under a favorite Arab thesis.
But most of all, of course, the
Council’s strongly worded resolu
tion exerts extreme pressure on
the whole fabric of the Arab
League’s economic strangulation
"campaign. A central element of
that campaign is starvation of the
Haifa oil refinery. If Egypt is
forced to open up the Suez, oil
will flow to Haifa and presumably
enough to make up for the plug
ging of the pipe-line from Iraq.
This will strike a considerable
blow at the League’s effort to
deep-freeze the Israel economy,
although other efforts, such as the
campaign against the Huleh pro
ject and development of the Jor
dan, will go on.
The question, indeed, that re
mains for Israel as a result of this
Council victory is whether it in
reality represented a reversal of
the appeasement trend. Now that
the Council has given its verdict
on the Suez case, it must follow
through on it and keep after
Egypt if there is no compliance.
Constant pressure by the Council,
as in the case of the Dutch in In
donesia, is usually successful in
the end.
But whether the Western ma
(Continued on Page 8)
President Truman Welcomes
Proclamation of Jewish
Education Month
In a message addressed to Mi
chael A. Stavitsky, president of
the American Association for
Jewish Education, President
Harry S. Truman expressed
“warm welcome” to the procla
mation of Jewish Education
Month by the Association and en
dorsed the nation-wide campaign
to enroll Jewish children in the
schools which are maintained by
Jewish community groups to give
instruction in Jewish religion,
culture and history as a supple
ment to the public school system.
The text of President Truman’s
message follows:
“Our Nation is faced with chal
lenges and dangers unmatched in
(Continued on Page 8)
Enroll your children
Arab-Israeli Talks Start in Paris
Under U. N. Sponsorship
PARIS, (JTA) The settlement of outstanding Arab-Israeli
problems with a view to bringing about a permanent peace between 1
the Jewish State and the Arab countries will be sought at the Arab-
Israel conference which opens here this week at the Grillon under
the sponsorship of the United Nations Palestine Conciliation Com
mission. Ely Palmer, American member of the Commission, will'
Radio Program
On September 16th, the Eternal
Light, (12:30-1:00 P. M., EST,
NBC Network,) will continue its
regular dramatic presentations
with “Thomas Kennedy” by Mor
ton Wishengrad; the second of
three scripts presented in observ
ance of the 175th Anniversary of
the adoption of the Declaration of
Independence. This was released
in an announcement by the Jew
ish Theological Seminary of
America, under whose auspices
the program is conducted. The
Eternal Light, a coast-to-coast
radio program, is presented as a
public service of the National
Broadcasting Company.
“Thomas Kennedy” is an his
torical drama of the early state
legislatures, and a man who
fought to obtain for others the
privilege he already possessed:
participation in the workings of
our country.
TEL AVIV, (JTA) A regular
bi-weekly bus service between
Tel Aviv and Eilat on the Gulf
of Akaba, will be opened next
week, ft was announced here. The
line, which will travel through
Beersheba, will stop at every set
tlement along the Negev route.
United Nations officials this
week indicated that the confer
ence may last six weeks. They an
nounced that Egypt and Syria
have officially accepted the invi
tation to participate and that ac
ceptances from Jordafi and Leb
anon are expected. Israel will be
represented at the conference by
Maurice Fischer, its Minister in
Although some observers pre
dict the conference will be a fail
ure, the U. N. Commission has
gone ahead carefully with prepa
rations which indicate that there
is room for more practical prog
ress in spite of the existing ten
sion between the Arab countries
and Israel. United Nations offi
cials feel that it is a big achieve
ment in itself to get several Arab
nations and Israel come together
for talks here, although it is not
as yet known whether the Arab
and Israeli representatives will
actually sit around the same table
during the meetings.
Arab Delegates Refuse to Meet
Israelis Face-to-Face
The opening meeting this week
will be marked by a social recep
tion for the delegates arranged by
the Counciliation Commission.
Arab delegates have already indi
cated that they are coming to
the parley on two conditions;
firstly, that any proposals the
Commission makes must first be
submitted privately to the Arab
nations; secondly, that they will
maintain no direct contact with
the Israeli delegates. It is under
stood that Israel’s view is that
nothing in the way of real peace
can be achieved unless there are
face-to-face talks between the
Israelis and the Arabs.
The list of topics drawn up by
the Conciliation Commission for
discussion at the talks include:
1. Repatriation of Palestine Arab
refugees and the payment of com
pensation to those who are not re
patriated; 2. The status of Jeru
salem and the boundaries of the
city, which is divided between
Israel and Jordan. The Israel-
Syrian dispute over the reclama
tion of the Huleh swamps may
also be considered.
It is understood that Israel is
ready to cooperate on the fund
for the reintegration and resettle
ment of Palestine Arab refugees
in various Arab countries, but is
not prepared to make payments to
individuals. The Commission, it
was learned this week, has in its
possession an estimate of the
quantity and value of Arab prop
erty in Israel claimed by Arab
refugees. The figures have been
prepared by Holger Anderson, a
Dane, who heads the special ref
ugee office attached to the Com
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