Tel Aviv (Oct. 17)
The executive committee of Histadrut called today on free trade union movements around the world to take action on behalf of 4,500 Jews in Syria who have been deprived of their civil rights and are persecuted by Syrian authorities. The Histadrut call was similar to one the Israeli trade union federation issued recently on behalf of Soviet Jews. It said that Jews in Syria have no schools, their school buildings having been turned over to terrorists, and cannot live normal lives. According to Histadrut, 250 Jews have been arrested and tortured and some have died in prison.