State Dept: Clarifies Stand Toward Congress Resolution on Soviet Jewry

The State Department made it known today that it does not object to the adoption by Congress of the pending resolutions denouncing Soviet anti-Semitism on which hearings are now being held by a subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Assistant Secretary of State Douglas MacArthur, 2nd, in a telephone call to Rep. Leonard Farbstein, New York Democrat, said that a “misunderstanding” resulted from a letter sent by him to the New York Congressman on May 5 in which he stated that official American intercession with the Soviet Government with regard to the fate of the Jews in the USSR was undesirable.

Mr. MacArthur in an official message sent later today by special courier to Rep. Farbstein, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, reassured the Congressman that despite the phrasing of the May 5 letter the State Department has not reversed itself on the pending resolutions. “There has been no change in the position that the Department has made known (several weeks ago) that the Department does not object to the passage of these resolutions,” the message stated.

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