Socialist International Asks Moscow to Halt Arms to Arabs

A demand that the Soviet Union make an immediate contribution to the easing of the international situation by halting the shipment of arms to the Arab states was voiced here last night by the Bureau of the International Socialist Party. At the conclusion of the session, chaired by Morgan Philips, secretary of the British Labor Party, the delegates of Socialist movements in ten countries including Israel, recommended.

That member parties make representations to their respective governments about the grave situation in the Middle East and to urge them to declare support of Israel’s territorial integrity; that the parties initiate in their countries discussion of the situation and attempt to arouse public opinion to the threat of war in the Middle East, and that the various Socialist parties send delegations to Israel to demonstrate solidarity with the Mapai, Israel’s Socialist Party, and to obtain firsthand information on prevailing conditions.

The French party announced that it would send a delegation to Israel early next month. The Dutch Socialists reported that they had held public meetings to rally support for Israel and said a delegation would go to Israel after Holland’s general elections next September. The Swedish delegates proposed, and the Bureau agreed, that one of the major themes of the May Day celebrations this year should be “Solidarity with Israel.”

The Bureau was informed that Egypt had undertaken an extensive campaign to offset the “peace for Israel” drive launched at the recent conference of the Socialist International in Zurich. During a discussion of the international situation the status of Soviet Jews was touched upon.

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