ROME (Apr. 17)
An Italian Communist Senator today assailed the Polish Government’s anti-Jewish campaign which he termed “an attempt by the authorities to divert attention from the true nature of unrest in Poland.” Senator Umberto Terracini, who described himself as being of “Jewish origin,” made his statement in a letter to the editor of the Rome Jewish community bulletin. He called the Warsaw regime’s anti-Zionist accusations “baseless and ridiculous” and “all the more deplorable because those accused of Zionist tendencies were deprived of the possibility to refute them.” He also declared that reprisals against the parents of rioting students violated the principles of justice. In his letter, however, Senator Terracini drew a distinction between world Jewry and Israel similar to that asserted by Warsaw officials in their attempts to deny any anti-Semitic intent in the anti-Zionist campaign.