Socialist International Preparing Report on Situation of Jews in the Soviet Union

A full-fledged report on the situation of the Jews in the Soviet Union is now in preparation for public submission to the annual conference of the Socialist International Council, it was reported today at a meeting here of the World Bureau of Socialist International.

At the Bureau meeting today, the leaders of the International also discussed the Middle East crisis, and heard a confidential report on the subject from the international secretary of the Swedish Labor Party who had just returned from New Delhi, where he discussed the Israeli-Arab issues with India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. India has fully supported the Arab side in the issue since the Israeli-Arab war broke out in June. At the Council meeting in October, it was decided by the Bureau, the Middle East situation will also be on the agenda.

The International as a whole has traditionally been extremely friendly to Israel. At today’s meeting, the Bureau voted a message to Mrs, Golda Meir, secretary-general of Israel’s Mapai Party, congratulating Mapai on having obtained approval from two other Israeli Socialist parties, Achdut Avodah and Rafi, for the creation of a strong, unified labor party in Israel. The International Council of Social Democratic Women informed the Bureau that it is sending an official delegation to Israel to study the situation there resulting from the Six-Day War.

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