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U.S. Sees New Iraqi Anti-jewish Laws Motivated by Hate of Israel

“The Iraqi Government has never been left in doubt with respect to American views about discrimination and the treatment of minorities,” Assistant Secretary of State Frederick Dutton told Congressman Leonard Farbstein in reply to a letter from the Congressman concerning confiscation of Jewish property by the Iraqi Government.

Mr. Dutton said that a recent Iraqi law requiring all Jews to register and obtain new documents proving Iraqi citizensh’s was connected with Iraq’s hostility toward Israel. The Iraqi Government seems in this matter to be chiefly motivated by a desire to prevent the transfer to Israel of proceeds from properties of Iraqi Jews who emigrated to Israel, Mr. Dutton stated.