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Palestine Jewish Leaders Hope for Closer Ties with Russia

The hope that as a result of the war, permanent ties will be forged between the Jewish people of Palestine and the people of Russia was voiced here yesterday by prominent Jewish leaders at ceremonies marking the opening of the “U.S.S.R. – Palestine in War” exhibition. Among those present was Mayor Rokach of Tel Aviv, the leaders of the Histadruth and other Jewish institutions.

Speaking for the Histadruth, Zerubavel, one of the left-wing leaders of the organization, stressed that the exhibition’s principal aims are to encourage mutual rapprochement between Russia and Jewish Palestine and to indicate the friendly attitude of the Yishuv towards Russia’s heroic fight against Fascism. “We hope Russia will take the same attitude towards Jewish Palestine and towards our upbuilding movement,” he said. “Our ties with Russia are 600,000 Jewish soldiers in the Red Army as well as our common Jewish culture.”

The Russian section of the exhibit contains photographs and diagrams showing technical, social and cultural developments in Russia since the Revolution. The Palestine section consists of similar photographs and other material highlighting Jewish achievements here in the past 20 years. One black-draped corner of the exhibition is devoted to the memory of victims of the Nazis, both Jews and Russians.

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