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Is There an About-Face in USSR?
Report Khrushchev Permitting
Jews to Emigrate from Russia
DeGaulle Pledges France's
Active _Assistance to Israel
In Case State is Endangered
TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israel has a promise from
President Charles De Gaulle of France of active French
support if Israel again faces danger. The promise was
conveyed by Guy Mollet, who was Premier of France
at the time of the Suez campaign.
In a speech before a mass meeting sponsored by
the Israel-French Friendship League, M. Mollet said
President De Gaulle had asked him to convey to Israel
a message of friendship from the French nation. Also
that France would come to Israel's aid if Israel was
The French President also said, according to M. Mollet,
that Israel could rely on French help in its constructive efforts.
"President De Gaulle wanted the people of Israel to know that
though he had not been in power during 1956, he had supported
fully the French decisions on aid to Israel and on French
participation in the Suez campaign," M. Mollet stated.
Pierre Gilbert, French Ambassador to Israel, described
M. Monet as the "man who threw a lifebelt to Israel" during
the decisive days of 1956. Mollet said that the only thing he
regretted about the 1956 campaign was that his ally, an
apparent reference to Britain, could not bring the operation
to a conclusion. He compared the French decision to help
Israel in 1956 with the then Premier Leon Blum's decision to
help the Spanish Republicans in the 30's.
PARIS (JTA)—The Paris Radio reported Monday that Soviet Premier Nikita
Khrushchev, speaking at a public gathering in an unnamed provincial city in the
Soviet Union, declared that every Jew in the USSR desiring to emigrate from the
country will be permitted to do so.
The Paris Radio also reported from Beirut that the statement made by
Khrushchev to visiting American war veterans that he is playing with the idea to
permit "in the future" the emigration of all those in the Soviet Union who would
like to leave the country will be considered by the Arab League, at a conference
called for the purpose of discussing means to prevent Jewish emigration to Israel.
Participating in the conference will be Morocco, the United Arab Republic, Jordan,
Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.
A report from Cairo said that the Secretary General of the Arab League has
asked the Soviet Ambassador in Cairo for "clarification" of Khrushchev's state-
ment to the American war veteran. (In Israel, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion,
commenting on Khrushchev's statement, said that although the Soviet _Premier did
not mention the exact time when emigration from Russia would be permitted, "I
hope he did not mean this would happen in the Messiah's days.")
Ilya Ehrenburg Urges Soviet Writers
Not to Be Indifferent to AntiSemitim
NEW YORK (JTA) Ilya Ehrenburg, famous Russian novelist, and a Jew, has
conceded that anti - Semitism is a proble m in Soviet Russia, it appeared from a
Moscow dispatch in the New York Times. Ehrenburg, according to the report, called
on Soviet writers to concern themselves with the problem of anti-Semitism, in the
tradition of great Russian writers of the past, like Anton Chekhov.
Ehrenburg, the dispatch states, has just p ublished an article, considered a "literary
bomb," in the magazine Novy Mir. In the arti cle entitled "On Rereading Chekhov," he
points out that Chekhov had shown "intense " concern with anti-Semitism and with the
famous case of 1894 when a court-martial was held in France against Capt. Alfred Dreyfus,
who had been accused on forged evidence of se lling military information to Germany. That
case was regarded as a manifestation of anti -Semitism in French military circles of that
day, since Dreyfus was a Jew.
Explained by Yadin
Dr. Yigael Yadin, (upper
left in accompanying
photos), eminent Israeli ar-
chaeologist, who was the
chief of Israel's fight-
ing units in the 1948
War of Independence, upon
his arrival in New York this
week in behalf of the United
Jewish Appeal, discussed
the significance of archaeo-
logical excavations he has
been directing in Israel .
since 1955. Pictured here
are some of his findings.
The upper right photo
shows a close aerial view of
exposed diggings at the site
of Hazor, largest city of an-
cient Canaan, conquered by
Joshua and rebuilt centuries
later by Solomon. The lower
left photo is a bas-relief
showing the stone carving
of a lion that decorated a
Canaanite temple of Hazor.
On the lower right is a
unique shofar, found at
Hazor, fashioned some 3,000
years ago, being blown by
a new immigrant working
at the excavation.