Secret White House Tapes

Meeting with Yusif el Bandak—November 2, 1949

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  • Yusif el Bandak
November 2, 1949
The recording begins with the conversation already in progress. El Bandak, an Arab
Christian from Bethlehem, is speaking about plight ofthe Christians living in the Holy
Land. He tells Eisenhower that he is in the country to address the General Assembly of
the United Nations and help raise funds for relief efforts of the 130,000 Christians in
Palestine . Eisenhower tells him that "people in this country don't know of the problem
you're talking about." El Bandak tells Eisenhower that the Roman Catholic Church has
conducted much of the reliefwork. Eisenhower asks if he has spoken with anyone in
Congress or the State Department.
The recording ends.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Meeting with Yusif el Bandak
November 2,1949 In New York City*
Belt 2 of 2
Time: @15 minutes
Description of Conversation
[Note: This recording is same conversation as EL-T-IBM-269-1, but it was recorded on a
different machine. The quality of this recording is also very poor; large segments are
unintelligible .]