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French Jewish Students Occupy Offices of Major Jewish Institutions in Paris

May 22, 1968
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The general strike that has paralyzed France spread today to the offices of the French Jewish Consistory, central organization of the Jewish community, and the Fonds Social Juif Unifie, central fund-raising organization of French Jewry. About 100 Jewish students occupied the Consistory building and declared that they would not leave the premises until their demands for basic reforms and a voice in Consistory polices were granted. The staff of the Fonds Social, meanwhile, has joined the strike.

Because of the strike, the exposition “Israel Through the Ages” has been compelled to close its doors for a few days. The unrest also has caused cancellation of a meeting of the World Jewish Congress which was to take up the Jewish situation in Poland.

Jewish students in France were scheduled to demonstrate tomorrow at the Soviet Embassy here in protest against Soviet treatment of its three million Jews. The demonstration was being organized by the World Union of Jewish Students and will take place in 30 countries. Observers feel that an incident between the Jewish students and the French policy may occur.

(El Al, Israel Airlines announced in Tel Aviv that it had suspended flights to Paris because of the general strike that had shut down airports. Passengers for Paris would be landed in Brussels and transported to their destination by bus, the airline said.)

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