U.S. Doctors Appeal for Stern

The American Physicians Fellowship urged freedom for Dr. Mikhail Stern, the imprisoned Soviet-Jewish physician, and denounced the World Health Organization’s recent condemnation of Israel in resolutions adopted at the closing session of its four-day meeting here today. The APF, an organization of 8700 dues-paying Jewish physicians of the United States and Canada, held its meeting as part of the American Medical Association’s annual convention.

Its resolution on Dr. Stern charged that the trial and imprisonment of the 55-year-old endocrinologist from Vinnitsa, Ukraine was “an act of persecution and vindictiveness following Dr. Stern’s approval of the Israeli immigration of his two sons.” The resolution appealed “to the members of the Medical Workers Union in Russia and the Council of the USSR Scientific Medical Society…to mobilize and exert their influence so that the Soviet authorities will understand that fundamental justice and concern for human rights demand the freedom of Dr. Stern.”

The resolution on the WHO accused that United Nations agency of “political perversion” in its recent resolution condemning Israel for its medical treatment of the Arab inhabitants of the administered territories “despite the fact that the WHO investigator unconditionally approved Israel’s health services in those areas.”

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