UNITED NATIONS, N, Y. (Oct. 18)
Bolivia today took stops to kill a Soviet move which would equate Zionism with Nazism and anti-Semitism by introducing an amendment to the Soviet Union’s proposal and knocking out the words “Zionism and neo-Nazism,” substituting instead a condemnation of “Nazism in all its forms.”
The Bolivian step was taken in the General Assembly’s Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee where the USSR is trying to bracket Zionism with Nazism and anti-Semitism at the behest of Arab delegations. The Soviet maneuver was interpreted here as an effort to get the United States and Brazil to withdraw a provision calling for out-right condemnation of anti-Semitism which they have co-sponsored. All the moves have been made in connection with a draft U. N. convention against racial intolerance, being debated now by the committee.
Delegations here were impressed today by world-wide reactions condemning the Soviet bracketing of Zionism with Nazism. Reports were received today that various Communist parties have denounced the Soviet move. From Jerusalem came a report that Kol Haam, organ of the Israel Communist Party, has criticized the Soviet delegation sharply for its stand. A report from Paris indicated that the French Communist Party is debating the issue vigorously.
In New York, the pro-Communist Morning Freiheit asked in a front-page editorial “How can anyone equate Zionism with Nazism?” It termed such linkage “monstrous.” Soviet sponsorship of such a clause, declared the Freiheit, “is simply inconceivable; it is a serious mistake.” The newspaper implied that the move is a remnant of Stalinism inside the Soviet delegation.