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Jew Elected to UN Association

The United Nations Association, at its annual conference here, for the first time elected a Jew to its powerful procedural committee. He is Sidney L. Shipton, general secretary of the British Zionist Federation, who at one session, presided over the committee. His election, however, appeared to be a gesture of atonement for the anti-Israel bias manifest in the resolutions on the Middle East adopted by the conference.

The United Nations Association is the British body dedicated to the support of the UN and the promotion of its aims. All of its resolutions on the Middle East were anti-Israel. Resolutions on the Jews in Arab countries and on international terrorism were referred back to the executive, a polite way of rejecting them without appearing to do so.

On the other hand, the conference passed a resolution on Jews in the Soviet Union which urged free emigration for them and abolition of the education tax on visas. Jewish organizations represented at the conference were the World Jewish Congress, the Association of Jewish ex-Servicemen and Women, B’nai B’rith, the Federation of Synagogues, the Anglo-Jewish Association and the Federation of Women Zionists.