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Socialist International Decides to Study Jewish Position in Russia

December 20, 1966
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Creation of a six-member committee to study the position of the Jews in the Soviet Union was voted here today by the Bureau of the Socialist International, the central ruling body.

The Bureau concluded its mid-year series of meetings, under the chairmanship of Guy Mollet, former Prime Minister of France, who is general secretary of the French Socialist Party, and Bruno Pitterman, of Austria, chairman of the Austrian Social Democratic Party, by discussing three items of Jewish interest — the situation in the Middle East, Soviet Jewry and the new political situation in West Germany arising from the recent electoral victories of the ultra-right-wing National Democratic Party in Hesse and Bavaria.

The special committee to probe the Russian Jewish problem is to consist of representatives of the British Labor Party, the French Socialists, the Belgian Socialists, and the labor parties of Holland, Sweden and Norway. The committee was instructed to invite all parties that are members of the Socialist International to submit evidence regarding the situation of Soviet Jewry, and to report back to the International’s council meeting to be held next June.

Dr. S. Levenberg, of London, delivered before the session a lengthy report on the internal situation in Israel and the Middle East. A report containing what was called “confidential information” was delivered on the situation in West Germany and on the election successes of the NDP there. The report contained also a discussion of the policies of the Social Democratic Party in West Germany, which is now a member of that country’s “grand coalition” along with the Christian Democratic Union.

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