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Dr. Martin Luther King Urges Moscow to Change Policy on Jews

January 18, 1965
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Negro civil rights leader, and the recipient of the latest Nobel Prize for Peace, called on the Soviet Government to end all discriminatory measures against the Jewish community in that country.

In a letter published yesterday in the New York Times, in which the Negro leader endorsed an appeal against Soviet anti-Jewish discrimination by prominent Americans published last week, Dr. King said that he was “profoundly shocked” by the treatment of the Jewish people in the Soviet Union. “I should like to add my voice to the list of distinguished Americans of all faiths who have called the injustices perpetrated against the Jewish community in the Soviet Union to the attention of the world,” he declared.

Denouncing the anti-Jewish tone of the economic trials in the U. S. S. R., Dr. King also urged the resumption of the free functioning of synagogues, the end of interference in the performance of Jewish sacred rites, and the restoration of religious and cultural freedom of the Jewish community. “In the name of humanity, I urge the Soviet Government to end all discriminatory measures against its Jewish community. I will not remain silent in the face of injustice,” Dr. King declared.

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