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U.S. to Study Request to Place Soviet Anti-semitism on U.N. Agenda

The American delegation to the United Nations indicated today that it will study the request of the Jewish Labor Committee to place the subject of Soviet anti-Semitism on the UN agenda. The request was submitted yesterday.

Members of the U.S. delegation said that such requests are usually referred to the State Department for consideration besides being studied by the delegation itself. The JLC, in its complaint to the U.S. delegation, pointed out that Jewish culture is being suppressed in the Soviet Union and added that “the wiping out of a whole people by strangling their cultural ties, by liquidation of their cultural leaders, decimation of their press, is not an internal problem but is one with which the free world must be concerned.”

(The New York Times today, in a report from Moscow, said that American rabbis who last week visited Odessa found only one synagogue on the outskirts of the city, instead of the 65 synagogues that functioned there before. In Kiev, the rabbis found one synagogue for the 150,000 Jews who reside there, and in Leningrad there is only one synagogue for the 200,000 Jews living there. The rabbis said they found synagogue buildings converted to other purposes including, in one instance, into a church.)

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