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Jewish Consciousness Reported Strengthening Among Jews in U.S.S.R.

An increase and a strengthening of Jewish consciousness among Soviet Jews has taken place since 1948, according to a report made today by the foreign affairs committee of the Board of Deputies of British Jews to its general assembly. The report stated that the “withholding from the Jews, as from no other national group in the Soviet Union, of rights to communal organization is justifiably regarded as discrimination against the Jewish community.”

The Board’s committee proposed further approaches to the Rumanian Government to allow the reunification of families some of whose members immigrated to Israel and the others who are forced to remain behind. Following consideration of the report the delegates passed a resolution calling on Bucharest to permit reunion of these families and to allow Zionist leaders recently released from prison to go to Israel.

The defense committee reported that various British anti-Semitic organizations had fallen on hard times due to internal dissensions and lack of financial support. It noted that the League of Empire Loyalists is equally short of funds and members, while Mosley’s Union Movement has failed to follow through on a widely advertised program due chiefly to lack of reception among British audiences. Barnett Janner was re-elected president of the Board.

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