NEW YORK (Oct. 22)
The Union of American Hebrew Congregations, at its four-day meeting here, today adopted a resolution asking the Soviet Union to correct “the cruel mistreatment of its Jewish citizens, including the cultural and religious genocide to which the Jewish group in the Soviet Union has been subjected” by matching with deeds its intensive and obvious bid to world public opinion through their repudiation of Stalin and rehabilitation of some of Stalin’s victims.
The resolution asked the State Department to intensify its efforts “to persuade the Soviet Union to abolish the anti-Semitism which made Stalin’s regime abhorrent, to extend genuine religious liberty to all its citizens, to withdraw the onerous restrictions which now doom Jewish religious and communal life, and to alter its policies and permit the free right of every citizen to leave his country if he so chooses.” It demanded concrete deeds as evidence that the Soviet Union is genuinely moving in the direction of greater freedom and democracy.
In another resolution the UAHC called upon the State Department to end once and for all the diminution and denial of the rights of every American citizen in so many parts of the Arab world; to condemn the recent suggestion that even so-would-be a Pharaoh as Nasser is the champion of the victims of colonialism. It also called on the State Department to score the stubborn and hypocritical refusal to sell arms to Israel while allowing others to bear this burden.