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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-07-12

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anti-Semitism accompanied by
campaigns in the official press
of that country."
The Israeli envoy quoted
from Lord Bertrand Russell's
recent letter to Izvestia, which
the Moscow government organ
refused to publicize, in which
the British philosopher said: "I
hope that Jews would be per-
mitted full cultural lives, religi-
ous freedom and rights of a
nationality in practice as well as
in law." The envoy also cited
Lord Russell's statement that
he was "gravely disturbed" by
the fact that 60 per cent of
those executed in the Soviet
Union for "economic crimes"
were Jews.
Appealing to the conscience
of the world, the Israeli rep-
resentative said: "In spite of
the natural desire to avoid
unpleasant subjects where
powerful political forces are
concerned, the limitations des-
cribed are so disturbing that
it would mean a failure in
moral duty and responsibility
to belittle its grave character.
We trust that the United Na-
tions, through its Commission
on Human Rights, will respond
to the urgent and grave na-
ture of this problem with the
greatest speed to help re-
store the rights and aspira-
tions of a great and isolated
A resolution involving the
status of Soviet Jews, aimed at
assuring consideration at the
1964 session of the United Na-
tions Human Rights Commission
of a declaration on religious
intolerance, was adopted here
unanimously at a conference of
non-governmental organizations
having consultative status with
the UN Economic and Social
Council. The Soviet delegates at
the 1963 Human Rights Commis-
sion session blocked such a dec-
The resolution, which was of-
fered by Dr. Maurice L. Perlz-
weig for the World Jewish
Congress, noted that the last
session of the UN General As-
sembly found it necessary to
record that it was "deeply dis-
turbed by manifestations of
discrimination based on differ-
ences of race, color and religion
still in evidence throughout the
The resolution addressed "the
most urgent appeal" to ECOSOC
to ensure that the 1964 meeting
of the Human Rights Commis-
sion "shall take place, and to
this end authorize changes in
the time and place of the meet-

ing to overcome technical diffi-
culties." The issue of the
situation of Soviet Jewry was
raised by several delegations at
the last meeting of the Human
Rights Commission, but the So-
viet Union managed to post-
pone preparation of a declaration
on religious intolerance to the
next year.
A resolution drawing the
attention of the United Na-
tions General Assembly to a
decision of the UN Commis-
sion on Human Rights to give
priority, at its 20th session,
to preparing a draft declara-
tion on the elimination of the
UN Economic and Social
Council was adopted unani-
mously, despite the plea
voiced by Mosre Bartur.
The 20th session of the UN
General Assembly starts two
years from next September.
Voting for the resolution was
also the Soviet delegate. The
Soviet delegation has been
blocking any immediate action
by the United Nations on the
issue of religious discrimination
which effects primarily Jews in
the Soviet Union. The American
delegate, John Means, supported
the decision of the Human Rights
Commission to give priority to
a UN declaration on religious
intolerance, but voted for the
resolution to have the draft
of such declaration submitted
to the 20th session of the As-
sembly in 1965.
The United Nations Secretar-
iat has proposed that in 1964
there should .be no session of
the Human Rights Commission
which deals. with the issue of
religious intolerance. At Mon-
day's session of the Social Com-
mittee, the Indian delegate urged
that the next session of this
important commission should not
be omitted in view of the
amount of work to be done by
that body. The UN Secretariat,
in recommending the omission
of the session said that this
must be done because of tech-
nical difficulties.
In a memorandum to the
UN Economic and Social
Council, the World Jewish
Congress asked that, if the
1964 session of the Human
Rights Commission is omitted,
the Council transmit directly
to the General Assembly the
draft principles on religious
intolerance adopted by a sub-
commission of the Human
Rights Commission.
The Social Committee of the
ECOSOC also adopted two
other draft resolutions recom-

Israel to Be Site of World Parley, Mission
to Be Attended by Young U.S. Jews

NEW YORK, (JTA) — "The
Mutual Responsibility of Jewish
Youth throughout the World"
will be discussed by 400 dele-
gates from 20 countries at the
second World Jewish Youth
Conference which opens in Je-
rusalem on Aug. 4, the Jewish
Agency announced.
Major Jewish youth organiza-
tions in the United States and
Canada will be represented in
the North American contingent
of 95 youth leaders, the an-
nouncement said. The confer-
ence is sponsored by the Youth
and Hechalutz Department of
the Jewish Agency.
The 95 delegates from the
U.S. and Canada will represent
the following major Jewish
youth organizations: Atid, Betar,
Bnai Brith Youth Organization,
Bnai Akiva, Canadian Youth
Judaea, Dror, Hanoar Haivri,
Habonim, Hashomer Hatzair,
Hillel Foundations, Jewish Wel-
fare Board, Junior Hadassah,
Keren Tarbut, Mizrachi Hatzair,
National Conference of Syna-
gogue Youth, National Federa-
tion of Temple Youth, Student
Zionist Organization, United
Synagogue Youth, Yaveneh,
Young Israel, Young Judaea and

Young Zionists of the Zionist
Organization of America.
* * *
NEW YORK, (JTA)—A group
of 70 young American Jewish
c o m m unit y representatives,
making up the United Jewish
Appeal's Third Annual Young
Leadership Mission, left via El
Al Israel Airlines for an in-
tensive three and a half week
survey of immigrant absorption
needs in Israel, refugee aid pro-
grams in France and other Jew-
ish areas of need overseas.
Membership in the Mission,
led by Rabbi Herbert A. Fried-
man, UJA executive vice-chair-
man, was by invitation to men
and women in the 25-40 age
group who have demonstrated
leadership potential in their
home communities. The Mission
members came from 32 cities.
Each member is paying his own
* *
of 35 Canadian Jewish Leaders
from Montreal and Ottawa left
for Israel on a three week fact-
finding tour of the country.
The trip was initiated by the
Consulate General of Israel in
Montreal and is led by Consul
General David Z. Rivlin.

mended by the Human Rights
Commission at its session last
April. One resolution, adopted
unanimously, submits to the
General Assembly at its forth-
coming session this September,
the text of a draft declaration
on the elimination of all forms
of racial discrimination. The
declaration, comprising a pre-
amble and 10 articles, would
call attention to continued evi-
dence of racial discrimination,
and have the Assembly sol-
emnly affirm the need for "the
speedy elimination of racial dis-
crimination in all its forms and
The second resolution urges
the governments of member
states and United Nations tech-
nical assistance authorities to
promote r e s p e c t for human
rights, and to promote progress
in implementing these rights.
Three Jews, Two Non-Jews
Executed in Leningrad
on 'Economic' Charges
LONDON, (JTA)—Three per-
sons with apparently Jewish
names were among five Len-
ingrad men who have been ex-
ecuted by the Soviet govern-
ment on charges of misappro-
priating $200,000 worth of pen-
cils, fountain pens, rulers and
other office equipment, accord-
ing to the newspaper Soviet
Russia, it was reported here
from Moscow.
The executions were an-
nounced in a brief story in the
newspaper with only the barest
details mentioned. The three
men with Jewish - sounding
names were I. Zinger, Y. Kaza-
kevitch and S. Krupkin. The
five were convicted last Feb-
ruary after a four-month trial
in which 300 witnesses were
Those sentenced to death
were either factory managers
or salesmen charged with being
involved in the wholesale swin-
dling of surplus goods over a
five-year period. Sentences of
up to 15 years were imposed
on dozens of other defendants.
Clergymen of All Faiths
Appeal for Jewish Rights
group of Catholic, Protestant
and Jewish clergymen, educa-
tors and civic leaders in West-
ern Pennsylvania assailed So-
viet anti-Semitism and urged
the Soviet government to "lift
its official policy of oppression
against its Jewish citizens."
In a strongly worded tele-
gram to the Soviet Ambassador
in Washington, the religious
and lay leaders charged that
while most other faiths are per-
mitted the "bare necessities"
needed for religious practice,
the almost 3,000,000 Jews of
the Soviet Union "are denied
minimal rights."
Among the repressive meas-
ures against Jews in the Soviet
Union listed in the telegram
were: the arbitrary removal
from office of synagogue presi-

dents in six Soviet cities; the
sentencing of Jewish leaders
in Leningrad and Moscow for
the alleged crime of meeting
with foreigners visiting their
synagogues; the closing of
scores of synagogues through
out the country; the prohibition
on the manufacture or import
of Jewish religious articles;
and the fact that Jews are for-
bidden to organize a central
body or to contact Jewish
groups in other countries.
Among the religious leaders
who signed the telegram were:
Archbishop Benjamin, Bishop
William G. Connare, Bishop
John J. Wright, Rev. John Baiz,
Rev. Lester W. Bumpus, Rev.
James B. Cayce, Rev. Edward
Cahill, Rev. Robert Kincheloe,
Rev. N. R. H. Moor, Rev. Jo-

seph Morledge, Rev. LeRoy
Patrick, Rev. Howard C.
Scharfe, Rev. Frederic Schu-
mann, Rabbi Frederick C.
Schwartz, Prof. Robert C. John-
son and Vigdor Kavaler.

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