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Nixon Statement Calls for Renewed Protest Against Soviet Treatment of Jews

Richard M. Nixon, the Republican Presidential nominee, told the American Jewish Conference on Soviet Jewry today that “I deplore the discriminatory measures imposed upon the Jews in the Soviet Union, and hope and trust that humanitarians throughout the world will continue vigorously to protest these restrictions and deprivations of human rights.”

Mr. Nixon’s statement was in response to a request from Rabbi Israel Miller, chairman of the Conference, for a “personal elaboration” of the Republican Party’s platform statement on Soviet Jewry. Mr. Nixon said that he was “deeply concerned by the resurgence of the Soviet anti-Jewish propaganda campaign, thinly disguised as anti-Zionism — a campaign which is mirrored in Communist countries in Eastern Europe.” The Conference has scheduled mass demonstrations of protest against the Soviet treatment of Jews in that country to be held in 20 major American cities on Oct. 13.