U.S. Labor Zionists Demand Restoration of Jewish Culture in U.S.S.R.

A demand that Zionists be released from prisons in Communist states and that Jews in those countries be accorded “an opportunity-to reestablish their press, publish their books in Yiddish and Hebrew, maintain fraternal and spiritual contact with Jews in other parts of the world” and emigrate to Israel was voiced here by the central committee of the Labor Zionist Organization of America, Poale Zion. The resolution noted Communist admissions of liquidation of Jewish culture and communal life.

Another resolution hailed the Dag Hammarskjold “peace mission” to the Middle East as a “step in the right direction.” However, it noted that the cease-fire which emerged from the mission will not of itself avert the danger of war in the Middle East, “if the aggressive designs of the Egyptian and other Arab regimes are not curbed, and if they continue to receive arms from the Soviet satellites” while Israel is denied arms.

The Labor Zionists also hit the Administration in Washington for tacitly acquiescing in the discriminations practiced by the Arab states against American Jews by denying them the right of entry or transit visas to Arab countries and by boycotting American business enterprises owned or managed by Jews. American Jews were urged to reassert their rights as American citizens and to demand that “their government protect these rights in dealings with foreign states.”

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