New Anti-semitic, Anti-israel Campaigns Launched by Soviet Press

A new and stepped-up campaign of anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli propaganda has been launched in the Soviet Union, according to articles culled here today from the controlled Communist press. The articles have appeared in Pravda Ukrainy, organ of the Communist Party of the Ukraine; in Sovietskaya Economicheskaya Gazetta, and in the leading Soviet newspapers in Moldavia, Latvia and White Russia.

Russian Jews are being attacked–by name and address–as being “parasitical and non-Socialist elements in the Soviet community. ” Letters are being printed from “readers, ” accusing Israel of using its security services of “espionage” and of “carrying out widespread reprisals against various peoples. ” The letters claim that the economic conditions are such that “the poor become poorer, while the rich get richer. ” Some of the purported letter writers ask the editors to delete their names for fear their identity “would endanger our families in Israel.”

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