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Keating Asks U.S. Take Lead in Protesting Soviet Anti-semitism

Rep. Kenneth P. Keating of New York made public today the text of a letter to Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge urging that the United Staes take the lead at the United Nations in protesting anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union.

Rep. Keating said the rights of Russian Jews were being "systematically and savagely restricted." He said the situation provides an opportunity for the United States "to reaffirm its moral and democratic leadership of the free world."

"The coordinated destruction of Jewish civil rights in the Soviet Union is in bald derogation of the Charter of the United Nations," the Congressman asserted. He thought the United States "with its long tradition as defender of human rights, should properly take the lead in exposing this matter before the world."