UNITED NATIONS (Jan. 31)
A letter dated Jan. 15, from Israeli Ambassador Yosef Tekoah to Secretary General Kurt Waldheim, was circulated today as an official document of the General Assembly, as had been requested by Tekoah. The circulation of the letter, which charges anti-Semitism and racial discrimination against the Jews in the Soviet Union, was delayed by the Secretariat without an official reason. It was learned that Tekoah conferred last Friday with Waldheim to discuss the circulation of his letter.
Attached to Tekoah’s letter was a note from Waldheim saying the letter is now being circulated “on the basis of long standing practice.” He added that he intends to bring the question of circulating communications at the request of member states as documents of the General Assembly to the next session of the Assembly “for review of the current practice and for guidance.” Tekoah’s letter was in response to an attack by Soviet Ambassador Yakov Malik who protested against the use of UN channels to bring up the question of Soviet Jewry.