JERUSALEM (Mar. 7)
The Presidium of the Brussels Conference on Soviet Jewry, meeting here, decided today to launch a world-wide campaign against anti-Semitic propaganda. Leon Dulzin, chairman of the World Zionist Organization, speaking at the closing session, claimed that Moscow has become an international center for the dissemination of anti-Semitic materials in various languages to many parts of the world, specifically the Arab countries. He said Soviet television has joined the process of late, concentrating its attack on aliya activists in the USSR.
According to Dulzin, it is “Soviet policy to make Jews repugnant to the Russian citizen.” He likened the attacks to Nazi propaganda in the thirties. He said that only 1819 Soviet Jews were allowed to emigrate last month, although, he claimed about five times that number requested visas or renewed their applications.
Dr. Raphael Nudelman, a Soviet immigrant, told the Presidium that a series of anti-Semitic articles appeared recently in Ogoniok, a popular magazine in the USSR. One article alleged that the Eichmann trial was staged to conceal collaboration with the Nazis by such Jewish leaders as Chaim Weizmann, David Ben Gurion, Moshe Sharett and Levi Eshkol. A pamphlet written by Soviet Jews describing their plight will be published in several languages shortly, the Presidium was told.
The Presidium was established as an on-going body by the first Brussels Conference on Soviet Jewry in 1971. The second was held in 1976. The Presidium consists of representatives of the WZO, World Jewish Congress, B’nai B’rith and national Soviet Jewry councils in the U.S. and Europe.