Italian and New Zealand Jews and Non-jews Protest Soviet Treatment of Jews

The Italian Jewish Youth Federation collected 3000 signatures yesterday on a petition to the Soviet Ambassador in Rome asking full constitutional rights for Soviet Jews, including the right of emigration, and the release of two young Jews arrested in Riga. At a rally on Place Navona, the group distributed pamphlets, displayed posters and engaged in heated discussions with Communist propagandists until midnight. One sign read: “If Karl Marx lived in 1970 Russia he would be a second-class citizen. (In Wellington, New Zealand, seventy delegates to Zionist Conference marched to the Soviet Embassy in protest against the treatment of Soviet Jews. Marchers carried banners demanding justice. Soviet Embassy officials refused to accept a petition from the marchers. The United Synagogue of New Zealand also protested against the treatment of Soviet Jews as did Jewish students who staged a sit-in at Auckland University’s Jewish Community Center. Their sit-in was joined by many non-Jews.)

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