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Israeli, Pole Clash on Issue of Soviet Anti-semitism at UN Session in Geneva

Judge Zeev Zeltner of Israel and Slavomir Dabrowa of Poland clashed on the issue of Soviet anti-Semitism at a meeting here of the United Nations Subcommission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, a subsidiary body of the UN Commission on Human Rights. In discussing a special report made to the subcommission on discrimination in the political and other spheres, compiled by Hernan Santa Cruz, of Chile, Judge Zeltner told the subcommission that, while there was no real anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union, “there was a clear case of policy of discrimination against Jews.” He cited the publication in 1963 of the book “Judaism Without Embellishment,” and noted that, while the book was criticized by the Soviet Government and the Soviet press, “its author has never been brought to trial.” Commenting on Judge Zeltner’s remarks, Mr. Dabrowa said, “the so-called Jewish question in the Soviet Union does not exist and never existed.” He added, “Everybody knows who invented it and for what purpose.”

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