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Rivlin Reports Belgian Government Refuses to Bow to Arab Pressure to Cancel Soviet Jewry Conference

Moshe Rivlin. director general of the Jewish Agency, disclosed that Arab states were pressuring the Belgian government to cancel the Second World Conference on Soviet Jewry scheduled to open in Brussels Feb. 17. The Belgian government has rejected these pressures and the conference will open as scheduled, Rivlin said in a report to the Jewish Agency Executive. He said the pressure was applied by Iraq which claimed that it was acting in the name of all Arab states.

Meanwhile, it was announced that the Israeli delegation attending the Brussels conference will be headed by Yosef Almogi, chairman of the World Zionist Organization; Avraham Harman, president of the Hebrew University and chairman of the Israel Public Council for Soviet Jews; and Zalman Abramov, a member of Knesset and president of the Council. (See related stories this page and Page 4.)

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