U.S. At War: Oil & the Rabbis

"Clear the way for those rabbis." the stationmaster shouted. The 500 orthodox Jewish leaders, most of them with shrub-shaped beards, many in silky cloaks with thick velvet collars, filed silently through the hurly-burly of Washington's Union Station. Marching off to the Capitol, they presented to Vice President Henry Wallace and a group of Congressional leaders a seven-point petition.

Out stuck request No. 6: "To open immediately ... the doors of Palestine, the Holy Land of our forefathers which was given to Israel for eternal heritage by the Lord, blessed be His name, with oath and covenant." The Vice President, his voice low,...

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