PARIS (Jul. 9)
The World Jewish Congress is lobbying vigorously among Western European leaders to help repeal the 1975 U.N. General Assembly resolution denigrating Zionism as a form of racism.
WJC President Edgar Bronfman met here Tuesday with Prime Minister Edith Cresson, whose influence he solicited to rally the support of France and its friends to rescind the resolution.
Bronfman reportedly suggested that she approach former colonies of France, now independent member states of the United Nations.
The WJC leader thought France might also be helpful on behalf of Syrian Jews, who are denied the right to emigrate. Syria was a French mandate between the two world wars.
Bronfman, accompanied by Jean Kahn, head of the European Jewish Congress and president of CRIF, the representative council of French Jewish organizations, also raised the question of the Arab trade boycott of Israel.
Bronfman was scheduled to have a dinner meeting Tuesday evening with the Soviet ambassador to France, Yuri Dubinin, who is also a past ambassador to the United States.
Bronfman will be in Brussels on Thursday for talks with Jacques Delors, president of the European Community’s executive commission.
The WJC is taking advantage of the presence in Paris of officials of the United States. Soviet Union, China, Britain and France, who are discussing proposals to limit weapons to the Middle East and other explosive regions.