WASHINGTON (Jan. 25)
Numerous Senators today took the floor of the United States Senate, Joining Senator Jacob K. Javits, New York Republican, in condemnation of the mistreatment of Jews in the Soviet Union.
Among the Senators who associated themselves with the call for a “world scale protest against anti-Jewish persecutions in the Soviet Union” suggested by Sen. Javits, were Senators George Aiken of Vermont, Thruston Morton of Kentucky, Thomas Kuchel of California and others. Senate minority leader Everett Dirksen, of Illinois, who was absent from today’s session, sent a letter for insertion into the Congressional Record, in which he described the Javits report on the discriminations against Jews in Soviet Russia as an “excellent document” that has rendered “excellent service to the Congress.”
Senator Javits told the Senate that the existence of the Jewish people “as a people” in the Soviet Union “is in deadly peril. ” The Soviet Union’s long-range purpose with regard to the Jews, he stated, is “the liquidation of Judaism and Jewish consciousness in the USSR.” He listed the latest anti-Jewish actions in the Soviet Union, especially in the field of persecuting Jewish religion, and related his personal impressions of the visit which he paid to the USSR recently.