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Israel Prepares Appeal to Moscow to Permit Emigration of Jews from Soviet Union

Israel will address a formal appeal to the Soviet Government to permit the emigration of Jews from the U.S.S.R. to the Jewish state, it was announced here today in parliament. The text of the appeal is being prepared by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Knesset.

In making this announcement, Zalman Aharonowitz, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said that the appeal will be known as a “Let My People Go” plea. He made the announcement following a motion introduced by Hillel Kook, Herut deputy, asking that parliament open a discussion on the situation of the Jews in the Soviet Union and appeal to Moscow to permit the emigration of those Soviet Jews who might wish to go to Israel.

Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett opposed the holding of any such discussion. There were also stormy scenes in the Knesset when Dr. Moshe Sneh, leader of the Mapam–the pro-Soviet wing of the Israel Federation of Labor–introduced a motion requesting that Israel “give reply to the lies” concerning the U.N. call for assistance in the Korean conflict.

Dr. Sneh also demanded that parliament engage in a discussion of various problems facing the forthcoming session of the U.N. General Assembly in September,

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