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Ribicoff Says Purpose Was Served by Senate Vote on Soviet Anti-semitism

Sen. Abraham Ribicoff said here this weekend that he was “perfectly satisfied” that his Senate resolution condemning Soviet anti-Semitism, which was adopted by the Senate, 82 to one but was replaced by a general condemnation of religious persecution in the House-Senate Conference committee–had served its purpose–that of putting the Senate on record on the issue.

Sen. Ribicoff told the Connecticut Jewish Ledger that while Sen. J.W. Fulbright, Arkansas Democrat, “dominated the conference committee” and imposed the position of the State Department, “the original intention was achieved by the roll call vote.” The vote showed, Sen. Ribicoff declared, “that public opinion is virtually unanimous in condemnation of Soviet persecution of the Jews.”