NEW YORK (Mar. 2)
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee was strongly criticized last night by Rabbi Irving Miller, president of the Zionist Organization of America, for failing to “recognize that the Jewish people has been singled out for attack” by the Soviet Government.
“I cannot believe that this will be our country’s last word on the subject,” he said. “It is imperative that our government avoid generalities in speaking out on this issue. It should direct its attention to the heart of the matter, which is Israel, and serve notice on the Communist governments as well as the Arab states that this country means to continue its traditional policy of moral and material support for Israel.”
Rabbi Miller spoke at a testimonial dinner tendered in his honor by Bnai Zion, fraternal Zionist organization, for the benefit of the Jewish National Fund. The Senate last week approved a resolution condemning recent attacks on minorities in the Soviet Union, including “people of the Jewish faith.” The resolution made no mention of the Russians’ attacks on Zionism and Israel.
Other speakers at the dinner, the proceeds of which were turned over to the Jewish National Fund for the planting in Israel of a 10,000-tree forest bearing Rabbi Miller’s name, included David Goitein, Israel Minister to the United States; Dr. Harris J. Levine, president of the Jewish National Fund of America, and Louis K. Bleecker, president of Bnai Zion. Mr. Goitein, emphasizing that the “sounds of anti-Semitism heard within the shadow of the Kremlin have had their reverberations throughout the world,” said that Israel “needs the moral support of Zionists, non-Jewish friends and free governments.”