Iraqi Foreign Minister Demands UN Reconsider Israel’s Membership
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Iraqi Foreign Minister Demands UN Reconsider Israel’s Membership

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Foreign Minister Shadhel Jassim Taqa of Iraq denounced Israel yesterday in an address to the 29 General Assembly session as a “fascist, racist, colonial regime” supported by colonialist forces of which the United States is in the forefront and urged the UN to reconsider its position concerning the membership of Israel in the world organization. The Iraqi Minister, who did not mention Israel by name, compared the Jewish State’s status in the UN to that of South Africa, which other African countries, supported by Communist and other delegations. are seeking to suspend or expel from the world body.

The Iraqi said the Palestine question has kept the Middle East in a state of acute tension for a quarter century. The time has come, he said. for the UN to reconsider “the historic injustice” and restore the rights of the Palestinian people and extend its full recognition to those rights. The Arab people and the Palestinians “were fully entitled to use every appropriate means to liberate their land and to restore their rights,” the Iraqi said. The international community should give them the support and assistance to which they are entitled to achieve that end, he added.

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