IT IS with gratification that I have today signed Senate
Joint Resolution 36 authorizing a special contribution by the United
States of $16 million for the relief of Palestine refugees.
The United Nations General Assembly on November 19,
1948, urged all States members of the United Nations to make voluntary
contributions as soon as possible to a relief fund totaling $32 million.
The Secretary of State informs me that thus far 15 other members of
the United Nations have contributed and that other governments have
signified their intention to send money or contributions in kind. There
is a pressing need for this fund, for 700,000 refugees are living almost
on starvation level. It is the hope of the United States that very promptly
the total $32 million fund will be subscribed by the members of the
United Nations, or other countries, which have not yet given to the
I trust that before this relief program is ended means
will be devised for the permanent solution of the refugee problem, and
that the efforts of the Palestine Conciliation Commission to establish
a lasting peace will bring hope of a brighter future to these destitute
victims of the recent hostilities in the Holy Land.