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A/AC.21/M/38
30 April 1948




UNITED NATIONS PALESTINE COMMISSION

Communication Received from Hadassah (Women’s Zionist
Organization of America)





The following communication, containing information on the Arab attack on a Jewish Medical Convoy en route to Hadassah Hospital, has been received from the National President of the Women’s Zionist Organization of America.







HADASSAH
1819 Broadway, NYC 23, NY

April 29, 1948


J. Ralph J. Bunche, Principal Secretary
United Nations Palestine Commission
Lake Success, New York

Dear Sir:

This will acknowledge your communication of April 15, which was written two days after the tragic occurrence Mount Scopus during which 76 doctors, nurses, and patients, were killed when Arab guerrillas attacked a medical convoy on its way to the Hadassah Hospital. The following are details cabled to us from Jerusalem on that fateful day:

You will note that although the attack started at 9.30 am, it was seven hours later that the Army took action.

April 24 we received a cable, dated April 22, which indicates that the situation has been allowed to deteriorate further. I quote only a few sentences from a long cable:

We tried desperately hard to avert the tragedy. On March 19 we addressed communications to the United Nations, to the State Department, to the International Red Cross, and to the British Embassy, all to no avail.

We cannot but help feel that what happened on April 13 and what is being allowed to continue to an institution of healing and teaching is a blot on the conscience of mankind.


Sincerely yours,

Rose L. Halprin (signed)
National President


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