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Zionists Cheered by Leftists

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Zionist student speakers got a rousing ovation today from an audience of predominantly left-wing students here when they stressed the fact that Zionism was a movement always in the forefront of the struggle against Fascism. The occasion was a public meeting at the Parts Faculty of Law, a stronghold of left-wing groups none of which is known to sympathize with Zionist movements whether socialist or non-socialist.

The ovation was the first this group gave to Zionist speakers since the June, 1967 Six-Day War when most of the leftist student groups condemned Israel as an aggressor. The meeting, at which some 2,000 students attended, called for the creation of a united students’ struggle against fascist groups and against law faculty’s leadership which has been dominated traditionally by the right-wing.

Several leftist Zionist youth and Jewish student organizations announced that they would join the new body. These included the “Laser,” (Zionist Socialist Organization), the “OJR” (Association of Jewish Students in France), the French Hashomer Hatzair and the Dror youth organization. The left-wing was represented by Trotskyist, anarchist and dissident Socialist groups.

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