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Jordan Envoy at UN Likens Israel Government to Racist South Africa and Rhodesia

May 28, 1968
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Jordan compared Israel today to the racist governments of South Africa and Rhodesia, all three of which, according to Jordanian Ambassador Muhammad H. El-Farra, practice “monolithic, exclusive and chauvinistic nationalism.” Mr. El-Farra addressed the General Assembly this morning during the body’s continuing debate on the situation in Southwest Africa where efforts are being made to free that area from the Republic of South Africa’s jurisdiction. According to Mr. El-Farra, “Zionism in Israel” is comparable to apartheid in South Africa and to racism in Southern Rhodesia. All three regimes, he said “use force and coercion to implement their policies and have a common interest. Their practices, policies and destiny go hand in hand.” Israel Ambassador Yosef Tekoah, who addressed the Assembly on the same subject last week, had voiced Israel’s sympathy for the people of Southwest Africa who are attempting to establish an independent state, to be called Namidia.

In the Economic Committee of the Economic and Social Council today, the Soviet delegate, A.P. Kovalev declared that Israel should be excluded from the list of nations in which field studies are being made on the transfer of technology from advanced to developing nations. The same proposal was made last week by the delegates of Libya and Morocco on the grounds that Israel is not a bonafide developing nation.

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