Swedish Intellectuals Link Soviet Anti-semitism to Red Bloc, Arab Action on Jews

The Soviet Government’s allegedly official anti-Semitism was linked here today to anti-Semitic manifestations in other Eastern European countries and to the situation in Arab countries where Jews have been deprived of citizenship rights, imprisoned and executed. The conclusion was reached by a group of Scandinavian intellectuals attending a symposium on the condition of Soviet Jews which was organized by members of Sweden’s three major political parties, the Social Democrats, the Liberals and the Center Party. The event was attended by scholars, teachers, editors, writers and representatives of the professions and arts in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. Observers were present from other countries.

Speakers declared that Russia was the source of anti-Semitism which radiates to the “peoples’ democracies.” They said the recent Iraqi executions and the harassment of Jews in other Arab countries generally was connected with the Soviet anti-Jewish campaign which made anti-Semitism respectable in the eyes of some groups and created an atmosphere in some societies in which barbarities could be perpetrated against Jews.

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