WASHINGTON (Feb. 3)
Senator Abraham A. Ribicoff, Connecticut Democrat, introduced yesterday a resolution, with the backing of 67 other Senators as co-sponsors, urging Congress to condemn discrimination against Jews and other religious minorities in the Soviet Union.
The resolution charged that Soviet Jews had been singled out “for extreme punishment for alleged economic offenses through confiscation of synagogues, closing of Jewish cemeteries and by arresting rabbis and lay religious leaders.”
The resolution was similar to one offered last year by Sen. Ribicoff and adopted by the Senate by 60 votes to one. The single opposition vote was made by Sen. J. William Fulbright, Araansas Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It was attached to the foreign aid bill last year and stricken from the bill under State Department pressure.