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W.j.c. Session Asks Moscow for Direct Talks with Jewish Groups

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The World Jewish Congress, at the closing session today of its plenary meeting, addressed an appeal to the Soviet Government for direct talks with Jewish organizations on the position of Soviet Jewry.

A resolution adopted by the 100 Jewish leaders from 30 countries attending the session voiced the concern of world Jewry for Soviet Jews, asked the Soviet Government to permit reunion of Jewish families separated by postwar frontier changes, and expressly dissociated world Jewry from any involvement in cold war politics.

The resolution also urged the Soviet Government to denounce incitement to hatred of Jews in Russia, and to punish those responsible for propagation of such incitement.

Another resolution warned against the revival of international anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi activities in Latin America and Europe, and sharply condemned the role of the Arab League in such activities.

A resolution on West German relations urged the West German and other governments to extend the statutes of limitations for prosecution of Nazi war criminals, to assure adequate punishment of such criminals. The resolution also urged the West German Government to provide adequate compensation for victims of Nazism not covered under existing legislation.

A separate resolution called on the Bonn Government to act to prevent West German scientists from assisting the armament of Egypt which “is dedicated to Israel’s destruction.” Among other resolutions, the delegates approved one voicing appreciation to the Polish Government for its efforts to commemorate the martyrdom of European Jewry under the Nazis.

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