Pro Soviet Leader Report's Popular Antt-Semt ism '
Tin USSR; Says Jewish . -(011-um `Slightly Curtailed'
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anti-Semitism still exists" in the Soviet Union. Insisting, nevertheless, that all
. PARIS — Andre Blumel, former president of the French Zionik-:Orlaniza-!,. is well" Soviet Jewry, Blumel contended that no synagogue was closed by
tion, who is known for his pro-Soviet views, told a meeting here Monday night, Soviet -authoritieS as long as worshippers existed for that synagogue and that
on his return from Russia, that one had to admit that "unfortunately popular Jewish culture, "although slightly curtailed," was free to flourish in Russia.
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PCC Refugee Report Includes
Hopes for Progress Given UN
UNITED NATIONS, N.Y., (JTA) — The Palestine Conciliation Commis-
sion on Monday submitted a report to the United Nations General Assembly
on the Arab refugee problem, indicating that it studied --not only the question
of repatriation of the refugees to Israel, but also their "resettlement and eco-
nomic and 'social rehabilitation," in accordance with a resolution adopted by
JERUSALEM, (JTA)—A popular, illustrated work, covering
the Assembly in 1948. Resettlem.ent and integration of the Arab refugees in
the complete history of the Jews in Palestine from their earliest
' settlement, and edited by Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, will • ., the Arab lands is the central .point studiously avoided by all the Arab dele-
be published by the British Aldos Publishing House, a subsidiary
of Doubleday and Company.
The PCC had been instructed by the Assembly last April to report
Donald BreWick, one of the company's editors, arrived here
not later than Oct. 15 what progress, if any, had been made toward imple
Monday to complete the arrangements for the project which was
mentation of one clause in a long Assembly resolution adopted in 1948. The
first conceived during Premier Ben-Gttrion's visit to London earlier
clause pointed to by the Arab delegations dealt only with repatriation of the
this year. At that time, the company suggested to Ben-Gurion
or their compensation.
that he write the book himself, but it was later agreed that the
In its report, the Commission cited not only that section of the relevant
Premier edit and supervise the work.
1948 clause, but also the section immediately following, in which the Palestine
Ben-Gurion is expected to meet shortly with a number of
Conciliation Commission was ordered to facilitate the repatriation, resettle-
Israeli scholars, and will then name the collaborators for the
- work. The book will be published in album format and will include
ment and economic and social rehabilitation of the refugees and the payment
maps and photographs.
of compensation." The Commission informed the Assembly formally that it
had sent - to the Middle East Dr. Joseph E. Johnson,
president of the Carnegie EndoWment. for International
AMerican Tobacco Firm Halts Ban
Peace, as a special representative. Dr. Johnson, the report
emphasizes, had conferred "at the highest level and with
on British Sale of Cigarettes to Israel
senior officials and experts" of Israel, the four Arab
NEW YORK, (JTA)—The Brown & WilliamSon Tobacco Corporation, producing agents
states inVolved, the Secretary General of the Arab
and exporters in the'United States of Lucky Strike and Pall Mall cigarettes for the British-
League, the director of the United Nations Relief and
American Tobacco Corporation, London, England, for distribution outside the territory of the
Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, and members of
United States, on Monday ended its five-year practiCe of refusing to sell these two brands of •
the UNRWA advisory commission.
cigarettes to Israel under orders from its .parent _company in London. An announcement of
"Since his return from the Middle East," the report
the end of the ban Was . made by Congressman Alfred E. Santangelo, of New York, who
continued, "Dr. Johnson has been holding further con-
threatened the American Italians will boycott the products of the corporations if the
discriminatory practice against IsraPl is continued.
versations with representatives of the host countries and
Brown & Williamson, a wholly owned subsidiary of the British-American Tobacco Co., •
Israel, (The 'host' countries where, the refugees reside
manufactures Lucky Strike and Pall Mall cigarettes under license, from the British firm.
are Egypt, Syra, Jordan and Lebanon.) These conversa-
BritishAmerican hold the sole license to sell these cigarettes outside the United States.
Lions are continuing. All of the officials with whom he
BAG to Edit Illustrated
Palestine Jewish History
Officials of Brown & Williamson have acknowledged the fact that their parent company
' iefused to sell Lucky Strike and Pall Mall cigarettes to Israeli importers, due to the pressure
from Arab countries.
Congressman Santangelo stated: "I am happy to announce that the Brown & Williamson
Tobacco Corporation has asked permission of the, Israel Trade Commissioner to ship all bona
fide orders for cigarettes and tobacco products . manufactured in the United States under their
own company brand names and trade marks held by the British-American Tobacco Co." The
brands, said Santangelo, include Lucky Strike and Pall Mall.
' • •
As a result of that change, Santangelo said, a boycott planned against Brown &
Williamson and British-American Tobacco brands and products will not go into effect in
• Santangelo had notified Brown & Williams on and British-American last August that a
boycott by American Italians against their products would go into effect this month unless
their anti-Israeli boycott was lifted. He had acted as president of the Federation of the
Italian-American Democratic. Organization of New York State. The Congressman and the
tobacco company officials had agreed that the American boycott against their products
would not go into effect until today, pending arrangements for dropping the embargo
. against Israel.
"I must compliment and hold up as exemplary," said Santangelo, "the conduct of the
brown & Williamson' Tobacco Corporation, in cooperation with the Federation, in reversing
their pro-Arab policy in boycotting Israel, a freedom-loving nation of the Middle East
and this country's most reliable ally in that troubled area."
He also announced his appreciation for help "to make this campaign successful" to
the Jewish War Veterans, the Anti-Defamation League of Bnai Brith, the American Jew-
ish Committee and the English-Jewish press.
(Norman Cottler, owner of the Dexter-Davison Markies, who Was . the
Viceroy, Kool and Raleigh cigarettes that are distributed by Broiiii . & WilftalSoit froni'h i&.
cigarette counters, announced this week that as a result of the "ahafittaiiit4nf:61 -the
of the sale of Brown & Williamson products to Israel he will again'reinfie•salefs of
brands in his markets).
Qualified circles confirmed that the \Brown & Williamson corporation has infOrmed
the commercial representatives of the Israel Government here of its decision to discontinue
the discriminatory trade • practice toward Israel. The communication asked for the estab-
lishment of normal relations with Israeli importers. It was forwarded to the competent
authorities in Israel and a formal reply is expected.
Israeli authorities confirmed here Tuesday that an agreement has been reached
with Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corporation to permit resumption of the sale in Israel
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Latin Americans Reported Rejecting
Anti-Semitic Excesses of Neo-Nazis
NEW YORK, (JTA)—The conscience of the Latin American
peoples would not permit neo-Nazi elements to instigate anti-
Jewish excesses, Dr. Moises Goldman, of Buenos Aires, chairman
of the South American executive of the World Jewish Congress,
told Jewish leaders here.' Dr. Goldman and Rabbi F. Winter, of
Montevideo, president of the WJC Committee in Uruguay, were
guests at a luncheon in the World Jewish Congress headquarters.
Dr. Goldman said that occasionally conditions in South Amer-
Ica present' an opportunity for neo-Nazis to generate discord.
But the bulk of the South American' peoples, " desiring harmonious
collaboration between all sections of the population for the
advancement of their land of humanity," rejected such elements.
There might be trouble in Latin American lands, even serious
*rouble, the WJC leader observed, "but there is no room for
pogroms. Neither would the conscience of South America permit
them, nor would they be tolerated by the organized Jewish
communities." The unity of Latin American. Jewry, fostered by
the World Jewish Congress which has affiliates in all Latin
was a factor in the conviction that anti-Semitic
-: :elements would have no success.
Rabbi Winter, founder of the Uruguayan Conference of Chris-
tians and Jews; said he had visited Paraguay and, with the coopera-
tion of leading Christians and Jews in Ascuncion, established a
Paraguayan Conference of Christians and Jews. There were now such
organizations in four countries of Latin America—Argentina, Costa
Rica, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Dr. Moises Goldman said that one of the major problems
that the WJC's South American executive had had to face was
the creation of central, representative Jewish bodies in all