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Senate Hears Appeal to Protest Planned Execution of Rabbi in Russia

Senators Jacob K. Javits and Kenneth B. Keating, both New York Republicans, today urged the entire free world to arise in protest against reported plans of the USSR to execute a rabbi for a so-called economic crime. The death sentence had been imposed in the Soviet Union on Rabbi B. Gavrilov, Piatygorsk.

Senator Javits told the Senate that the death sentence “caps a whole series of anti-Jewish acts in the Soviet Union.” He said he hoped for a “world-wide protest” because this “sometimes has an effect on the Communists in the Soviet Union.” Sen. Keating said it was a “horribly exaggerated punishment” for the alleged offense.