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U.S. Official Blocks Israeli from Completing Statement to UN Group and His Right of Reply to Attacks

Observers here expressed surprise today that Rudolph Carter, advisor for political and security affairs to the U.S. Mission, was the only representative to the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities that objected yesterday when Israeli Ambassador Jacob Barmore sought an extension of time to finish his presentation on the plight of Syrian and Soviet Jews.

The observers, who termed Carter’s behavior “erratic,” also noted he was the only delegate to object to Barmore’s right to reply after the Soviet and Arab delegates launched a vitriolic attack against Israel. Prior to being given the right to make his formal presentation there was a deliberate attempt by the Soviet representatives to prevent Barmore from speaking altogether. They argued that the item concerning Soviet and Syrian Jews had been exhausted and should not be reopened. Carter and others, at that point, used their influence to have Barmore make his presentation.

However, when the Russians complained that Barmore was running one minute beyond the 10 minutes allotted for making presentations to the sub-commission, Carter was the only representative who objected to an extension of one or two minutes more to allow Barmore to finish. The Israeli diplomat is an observer to the sub-commission.