Knesset Member Charges Censorship of News About Russian Jewry

Mrs. Shulamit Aloni, a Labor Party member of the Knesset, charged today in a letter to Foreign Minister Abba Eban that the Foreign Office was preventing “any publication on the revival of nationalist and Zionist aspiration among the young Jewish public in Russia as individuals and as groups.” She declared that she had been so informed by “senior journalists,” who had told her that the alleged blackout on such news was being imposed “through the aid of the censor.” The Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the charges.

Mrs. Aloni said that by the alleged censorship, “important information which is essential to Russian and Israeli Jews is prevented” from publication. She asked whether such “a prohibition exists,” and if it did, under which law “in view of the free press” in Israel. She also asked, in her letter, “what is the idea, the logic and the moral base in maintaining silence over a crying Jewry which wants its cry to be heard throughout the world?”

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