Socialist International Greets World Conference of Labor Zionists

The Socialist International declared today that, despite the gains for Jewish status from the creation of Israel, Jews still faced discrimination and Socialist Zionists faced “bitter hostility,” particularly in the Soviet Union.

Declaring that the Socialist International opposed such discrimination and hostility “wherever they arise,” the statement said that strong democratic Socialist parties were the “surest bulwark against both.” The comments were contained in a message to the Conference of the World Union of Zionist Socialist parties, Ichud Olami, which will be held in Israel, July 20-26.

Noting that some of the early pioneers in Socialist Zionism had lived to see the birth of Israel, the Socialist International said that they, like their successors, want an Israel which will be strong and which will share its spiritual and technical riches in peace with its neighbors.

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