Soviet Press Again Charges Israeli Diplomats Are Propagandists

The Soviet press has again accused officials of Israel’s Moscow Embassy of distributing what it called “propaganda” in a synagogue in the USSR, it was reported here today from the Soviet capital. A newspaper, Kommunist Tajikistana, published in Dushanbe, said that Yehuda Katz and Meir Biran, third secretaries in the Israel Embassy, had tried “to use sweet words about the paradise of life in Israel” during an “uninvited” visit to a synagogue in that town. The paper said they also left behind a packet of prayer books and religious articles, which “extremely indignant” local Jews then returned to the Israel Embassy. Both Israeli officials had been attacked before by the Soviet press.

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