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W. J. C. Conference Heaps Reports on Jews in Yugoslavia, North Africa

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The status of the Jewish community in Yugoslavia is far different from that of the Jewish communities of the other Eastern European Communist countries. Dr. M. Vajs of Yugoslavia today told the executive session of the World Jewish Congress. He is the only delegate from a Jewish organization in a Communist country attending this parley.

Dr. Vajs told the representatives of Jewish groups from 20 countries that, although the WJC was in fact politically neutral between the Eastern and Western blocs, it was a question whether these with whom the WJC hoped to negotiate in the USSR and Eastern Europe for re-establishment of bonds with their Jewries would accept the Congress neutrality.

He advised that the WJC express its concern for the Jews who remain in the Communist countries, as well as with those who wish to emigrate, as an indication of its non-partisan orientation.

The position of the Jews of Morocco and Tunisia is not as desperate now as it was when the World Jewish Congress executive last met in 1956, A. L. Eastermank political secretary of the Congress, reported. Despite many difficulties, he disclosed, the emigration of 7, 000 Moroccan Jews had taken place in the last year. He expressed the hope that new difficulties in the path of mass emigration would be overcome in talks with the Moroccan Government.

Dr. Maurice Perlzweig, another member of the executive, assailed the United Nations for remaining silent on Egyptian anti-Jewish measures to appease the Egyptian Government and secure an international regime for the Suez Canal.” He paid tribute to the efforts of the International Red Cross in behalf of Egyptian Jewry.

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