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February 26, 1960 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1960-02-26

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Storm of Protest in Nation's Capital Over
Pakistan's Barring U.S. Jewish Personnel

Members of the United States
Congress indicated they intend
to take action aimed at secur-
ing the annulment of a reported
"gentleman's agreement" devel-
oped between Pakistan, on the
one side, and the State Depart-
ment and the U.S. Interna-
tional Cooperation Administra-
tion, on the other, barring
American personnel of Jewish
faith from assignment to the
U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Eco-
nomic Mission in Pakistan.
The existence of such an ar-
rangement was revealed to the
Jewish Telegraphic Agency by
highly placed U.S. Government
sources. A measure of confirma-
tion of the agreement was indi-
cated here by the Embassy of
Pakistan. The arrangement was
described as "informal" as dis-
tinct from the formal agree-
ment made by the United States
with Saudi Arabia barring
American Jewish personnel
from being sent for service to
the U.S. base in Saudi Arabia.

Members of the U.S. Sen-

ate said they were opening

a study on the Pakistani is-
- sue in the light of a belief
that it is a violation of the
Morse-Javits amendment to
the 1959 Mutual Security Ap-
propriations Act. This amend-
ment called on the President
to oppose religious discrimin-
ation against Americans by
nations receiving U.S. aid.
Pakistan, a predominantly
Moslem country, but not a
member of the Arab League,
receives massive United
States aid.

and the United States Infor-
mation Agency appear less
content about the "gentle:
man's agreement" on assign-
ment of personnel, but they
apparently follow the State
Department's lead.

Nasser Bars Israel Cargoes, Threatens to Seize
All Israel -Goods Sent Thru Suez; Dares Kassem


LONDON, (JTA)—President Premier Kassem on the Pales-
of the United Arab Re- tine issue and challenged him
flag ships would pass freely
public spoke up twice in his to send_ Iraq troops to fight
through the Suez waterway.

role of leader of the Arabs Israel on the Syrian-Israel bor-
against Israel.
der where clashes have taken
In a speech at Aleppo, he place recently.
served notice that the UAR
Nasser threw down the chal-
would never permit Israel lenge in a speech in Derezzor,
ships or goods to go through 60 miles from the Iraqui fron-
the canal' and that any Israel tier. "If Kassem is sincere
goods seized in any UAR port about the Palestine cause I in-
would be confiscated and sold vite him to send the Iraqi army
for the welfare of the Pales- to stand side by side with the
Israel Disputes Ruling
tinian Arab refugees.
UAR 1st (Syrian) Army against
of UN Armistice Body
In a speech in Syria he ques- Israel on the Syrian frontier,"
JERUSCALEM, (JTA) — Is- tioned the sincerity of Iraq Nasser told . a cheering crowd.
rael sources asserted that the
ruling of the Syrian-Israel
Mixed Armistice Commission
condemning Israel's demolition
Scholnick's on Washington
of an Arab village in the de-
militarized zone southeast of
Lake Tiberias contradicted the
findings of the United Nations
The commission, meeting
without attendance of the Israel
representatives, also condemned
Israel for alleged overflights
of jet planes in Syrian air
space. Israel refused to take
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She said the outcome of the
case of the Inge Toft, the Dan-
ish vessel detained by Port Said
authorities for nearly nine
months and allowed to sail after
its Israel cargo was confiscated,
should prove the worthlessness
of any .declaration or promise
by UAR President Nasser.

Several years ago, • the State
Department entered into an
agreement with the Saudi Ara-
bian government not to assign
Jews to service in that' country.
The United States also ac-
ceeded, without apparent resis-
tance, to sentiment in the
United Arab Republic, Iraq,
Jordan and Lebanon against as-
signment of American Jews for
service there.
In one known case, an indi-
vidual with a Jewish-sounding
name was posted for assign-
ment to Jordan. The Jordanian
government inquired specifi-
cally into his religion. The
United States authorities, in-
stead of rejecting the inquiry,
called the man aside and asked
him. It turned out that he was
a member of the Unitarian
Church. He was admitted.
In another known case, prior
screening had failed to block
the appointment of a man with
a Jewish-sounding name. The
host government interrogated
Washington and the appointee
was informally interrogated.
He happened to be an American
of German descent whose name
was similar to a common "Jew- z Rsi.RAikiAsikkAsiasuP
World Famous
ish name." He was shocked to
learn of the practice and con-
fided to Jewish friends about it.

Secretary of State Herter
was asked Tuesday to explain
the new policy barring Amer-
ican personnel of the Jewish
faith from assignment to U.S
diplomatic and aid missions
in Pakistan, by Rep. Leonard
Farbstein, New York Demo-



Candidates for assignment to
See this fine selec-
tion of mens' and.
permanent duty in Pakistan,
ladies watches at
the JTA learned, are now being
fabulously 1 o w
informally screened to weed
out the Jews. The heads of the
of the House
Pakistan desks in the State crat, member
Committee on Foreign Af
Department. and ICA keep the I fairs.
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Jewish factor in mind
Rep. Farbstein told Secretary
passing on personnel for serv-
ice in Pakistan. There are no Herter that any measures to
weed out Jews from among per-
written instructions to this sonnel assigned to Pakistan
Certified Master
would be a distinct violation
Mohammed Huq, press at- of every American tradition and
Watchmaker & Jeweler
tache at the Pakistan Embassy,
UN 1-8184
said his country admitted Jews of the Morse-Javits Amendment
as tourists but barred "Israelis to the Mutual
Security Act of
The amendment calls n5iric115-61515-rtrifIrifInnartfirrb.
and Zionists because we do not 1959."
o the executive department to
recognize Israel." He said "wen withhold
aid from nations dis-
are tolerant of other religions c riminating against Americans
but do not desire Israelis or on the basis of religion.
Rep. Farbstein asked Secre-
The State Department denied tary Herter whether the State
that any screening of Jews took Department and the Intetna-
place before foreign assignment tional Cooperation Administra-
except in the case of Saudi tion are "presently screening,
Arabia. The ICA said it had formally or informally, individ-
"no comment" on the report uals considered for assignment
except that its personnel had to Pakistan or any other coun-
made no official complaints on try," to determine religious af-
the agency's policies in Pakis- filiation as vocation "qualifica-
tan. It had, the JTA was in- tion." He cited an "authoritative
formed, no official information news agency" report that such
to confirm charges of discrim- a practice involving Pakistan
had gone into effect. The report
It was learned, however, that had originated with. the Jewish
a number of individuals of the Telegraphic Agency.
Jewish faith, employes of Amer-
A formal request was made
ican agencies, had- been barred by Rep. Farbstein. for a detailed
from assignments in Pakistan report on current policies of
because of the new pattern of the State Department, involving
selection. In instances where assignment of American Jews
the religion of the individual to Pakistan and a number of
was in doubt, it was learned, other Moslem nations. The other
the individuals were asked pri- nations included Saudi Arabia,
vately if they were Jewish. This United Arab Republic, Jordan,
was done on an informal, man- Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco,
Sudan and Yemen. An admin-
to-man basis.
The State Department, it istration request for additional
was said here, does not con- appropriations to Pakistan is
sider Jews for assignment to now before the Foreign Affairs
any country that informally Committee.


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Golda Meir Reiterates
Israel's Determination
on Passage Through Suez

HAIFA, (JTA)—Mrs. Golda
Meir, Israel's Foreign Minister,
reiterated that Israel would not
give up the right of free pas-
sage through the Suez Canal
and would fight for this right.
Speaking at the annual meet-
ing of the Haifa Press Associa-
tion, held aboard the SS Israel,
she said she hoped that the day
was not far distant when Israel

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