Iraqi Ambassador Complains About Tekoah Reference to Jews in His Country

Allusions to Iraqi Jews by Israel in recent Security Council discussions about sending a humanitarian emissary to the Middle East has drawn criticism from Iraq. In a letter made public yesterday Ambassador Adnan Pachachi complained to September’s Council president, George Ignatieff of Canada, about permission granted to Israel’s Ambassador Yosef Tekoah to speak about the situation of Iraqi Jews.

Mr. Pachachi reiterated previous statements defending Iraq’s treatment of its Jewish minority against Israeli criticism and claimed that Mr. Tekoah’s comments constituted “illegal and unwarranted interference” in his country’s domestic affairs.

(In Bombay, the Central Jewish Board of India appealed today to the Indian Government and United Nations to investigate conditions of Jews in Arab countries and take steps to restore human and civil rights and their right to emigration. The board referred to Jews in Egypt, Syria and Iraq. The appeal was announced at a press conference by H. Cynowicz, president of the board, who noted that the Indian Jewish community includes many Jews from Arab countries.)

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