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Pro-sovet Elements May Be Barred from Zionist Institutions

January 28, 1953
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The Jewish Agency executive today began a discussion on excluding from Zionist institutions those Jews who “justify Prague’s and Moscow’s insinuations against Zionism.”

In Parliament last night, Acting Premier Pinchas Lavon told a Communist deputy that the government would not distribute the Communist newspaper Kol Haam in the army camps because it “supported the mean and horrible blood libel” that a “gang of doctor-murderers” identified as Jews had attempted to kill Soviet leaders on instructions from American intelligence agents.

Mr. Lavon’s statement was made in reply to a charge by the Communist deputy Esther Wilenska that the newspaper had been banned from the army camps. He denied the charge, asserting that as long as the newspaper continues to appear legally it will not be banned from the camps. However, be pointed out that in the past the soldiers had been supplied Kol Haam along with other newspapers at government expense. The government no longer chooses to support a newspaper which backs “Nazi insinuations, ” he stated, although servicemen are free to buy the newspaper at their own expense.

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