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Tekoah Replies to Jordanian Note, Calls It ‘atrocity-mongering’

Yosef Tekoah, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, today described as “atrocity-mongering of the cheapest and most vulgar kind” the contents of a letter sent by Jordan to Secretary-General U Thant on Jan. 7. The Jordanian letter contained a purported statement by a Jordanian national, As’ad Abdel Rahman, described as president of the Union of Palestine Arab Students in Lebanon, alleging mistreatment of himself and other Arab prisoners in Israel jails in occupied territory. In Mr. Tekoah’s reply, he told Mr. Thant that “this is undoubtedly the most scurrilous document ever to be circulated in the UN.” He termed it “unworthy of the attention of any UN member state.”