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Senate Hears Appeal to Protest Planned Execution of Rabbi in Russia

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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.

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