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Mapam Extremists Form Group to Fight Anti-soviet Wing

January 19, 1953
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Dr. Moshe Sneh, extremist leader of the Mapam Party, today announced the formal organization of a new faction within the party to fight the left-wing Socialist group’s denunciation of the Soviet campaign against Jews in various countries of Eastern Europe.

Several of the other major factions of the party have called emergency meetings to consider the formation of the new group, which is expected to have among its adherents mostly extremists within Mapam groups in the urban centers. Mapam elements in the collective settlements who are sympathetic to Dr. Sneh’s views are reported hesitant about joining the new faction because they fear that such an action would bring expulsion from the Mapam kibbutz movement.

Dr. Sneh’s faction will defend the Communist countries, but does not favor a merger of the Mapam and Communists in Israel. It also wants the Mapam to disassociate itself from the World Jewish Congress and other world Jewish bodies.

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