Israel Insists on U.N. Discussion of Religious Discrimination

Israel continued today to insist in one of the General Assembly’s committees that the current Assembly discuss steps for the elimination of religious discrimination–and wound up with a promise from the committee’s chairman that an effort will be made to reach the subject before the Assembly closes, on Dec. 20.

Dr. Eliezer Yapou, Israel’s representative in the Assembly’s Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee, has been proposing since the Assembly opened, nearly two months ago, that the 111-member group discuss two items on its agenda. One of these would authorize a draft declaration on the elimination of all forms of religious intolerance. The other would advocate steps to outlaw manifestations of all religious and racial intolerance.

Dr. Yapou insisted today that sometime be allocated for these items before the current session is over. The committee still had nine items on its agenda today, and it seemed that the religious matters might not be reached. Dr. Yapou proposed that the final two meetings of the committee be devoted to the religious items. Humberto Diaz-Casanueva, of Chile, chairman of the committee, promised the Israeli that an effort will be made to comply with his request.

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