AMSTERDAM (Apr. 1)
P.J. Kootz, deputy mayor of Amsterdam, and a leader of the Dutch Socialist Party, sharply criticized the Soviet Union today for its anti-Jewish discriminations. He was one of the principal speakers at a special meeting devoted to a discussion of the situation of Jews in the USSR, convened by the Koos Varrink Institute, a foundation of the Socialist Party in this country.
In an address lasting a full hour, Mr. Kootz denounced “discriminations against the Soviet Jewish minority in the fields of religion and culture.” He pointed out also that Soviet Jews “have been often made the scapegoats for economic blunders or shortcomings.” The conference was attended by 300 representatives of the Dutch Socialist Party, various other Socialist groups and the Dutch trade union movement.