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Eshkol Urges Schools to Teach on Importance of Jews in Diaspora

Prime Minister Levi Eshkol called upon Israeli schools today to teach the importance of close ties between Israel and the Diaspora. Addressing the opening session of the 22nd convention of the Teachers Union, the Premier said that the schools must implant in children’s minds the realization that we are a small part of a large nation.

Education Minister Zalman Aranne, another speaker at the convention, criticized what he termed “the Soviet Union’s 50-year siege on the spiritual existence of her millions of Jews.” Barring a miracle, Mr. Aranne said he feared Soviet Jewry would be completely cut off before long from Jewish national existence. The occasional reports from Russia, he said, on the publication of a Jewish prayer book or Yiddish manuscript are nothing more than “mocking” by a formidable nation of her helpless Jews,