Afl-cio Staunch Friend of Israel, Jewish Labor Committee Conference Told

Amos Eiran, labor attache to the Israel Embassy in Washington, told today the more than 250 delegates to the Jewish Labor Committee National Trade Union Council’s Human Rights Conference, that “the AFL-CIO is one of the strongest forces on the American scene that identifies itself with Israel’s fight for survival and is unfailingly sympathetic to its problems.” Eiran declared that Israel fully understands the plight of the Palestinian refugees and is ready to “do its part. But the refugees are primarily an Arab problem.” Joshua Muravchik, director of the Youth Committee on Peace and Democracy in the Middle East, said that a current of anti-Israel sentiment, based on a false analogy with the Vietcong and American involvement in Southeast Asia, is currently “propagated by assorted bold and New Left groups on (American) campuses.” Such people, students and faculty alike, he stated, are ready to sacrifice Israel in a desire to identify with the “Third World” liberation movements. Mr. Muravchik called for an intensive educational program to combat this danger.

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