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B’nai B’rith Conclave Calls on Israel, Uar, U.s., USSR to Reach Mideast Accord

B’nai B’rith District 7, ending its annual convention here, called on Israel, Egypt, the United States and the Soviet Union to engage in “intensive efforts to reach an agreement for a just and enduring peace in the Middle East.” The 10,000-member District also called on Mideast negotiator Dr. Gunnar V. Jarring to “give priority to the efforts to extend the current cease-fire so that the negotiations can proceed in a climate of peace.” In other resolutions, the convention: urged the USSR to “end the whole range of discrimination to which (Soviet) Jews are subjected”; endorsed “unrelenting efforts to obtain for Soviet Jews recognition of the fundamental human rights enjoyed by citizens in all progressive lands”; condemned South African apartheid; urged Senate ratification of the United Nations’ Genocide Convention; backed efforts to erase urban blight; and asked such organizations as the International Red Cross and the UN Commission on Human Rights to help free the Jews in Arab lands. At an earlier session, Dr. William A. Wexler, international president of B’nai B’rith charged that Secretary of State William P. Rogers’ “naivete” hastened a “giving away” of the Middle East to the Soviet Union.

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