Toward Peace and Equity: Recommendations of The American Jewish Committee

Toward Peace and Equity: Recommendations of The American Jewish Committee

Toward Peace and Equity: Recommendations of The American Jewish Committee

Toward Peace and Equity: Recommendations of The American Jewish Committee

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A year ago hostilities with Germany and Japan were still in progress, but their defeat was imminent. At that time the American Jewish Committee published, under the title of To the Counsellors of Peace, its recommendations for the formulation of a durable peace in which the safeguarding of human rights would be a primary consideration. These proposals were the result of the deliberations of the Committee on Peace Problems of the American Jewish Committee.

At the United Nations Conference on International Organization in San Francisco, the American Jewish Committee served as one of the consultant organizations to the United States delegation. The proposals contained in To the Counsellors of Peace were submitted to and urged upon the conference by Judge Joseph M. Proskauer, President of the American Jewish Committee, Mr. Jacob Blaustein, Chairman of its Executive Committee, and members of its staff.

The action of the American Jewish Committee in formulating and promoting the adoption of these proposals has been amply justified by the extent to which they have found concrete expression in the Charter of the UNO and in other actions taken by our government and the other United Nations.

The work of the Committee on Peace Problems, both last year and this year, covered four principal fields: Restoration of Rights; Protection of Human Rights; Repatriation and Migration, and Palestine. In the past year substantial progress has been made in some of these fields and many of the recommendations which the Committee made in February 1945 are now embodied in concrete action. Although much still remains to be accomplished, the Committee is gratified to be able to report a spirit on the part of our government and of the other members of the United Nations which affords a substantial basis for the hope that in due course many more, if not all, of our proposals will be realized.

The work of the Committee this year was in effect a continuation of its work of last year. As was the case a year ago, the Committee on Peace Problems again had the valuable assistance of the staff of the American Jewish Committee under the leadership of our Executive Vice-President, Dr. John Slawson, and the Foreign Affairs Department under the direction of Dr. Simon Segal. The Committee was furnished with able monographs, prepared by Messrs. Ignacy Aleksandrowicz (Repatriation), Henry Frankel (Palestine), Maurice Goldbloom (Proposed Provisions for the Peace Treaties), Eugene Hevesi . . .

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