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November 22, 1963 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1963-11-22

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Editor of Yiddish Journal in Russia
Denounced by Ha 1pern in Congress


severe attack against Aron Ver-
gelis, editor of the Sovietishe
Heimland, the only Yiddish
magazine in the Soviet Union,
was made in the House of Rep-
resentatives when Vergelis ar-
rived in Washington as member
of a Soviet cultural group which
came on tourist visas for a tour
of the United State's.
Rep. Seymour Halpern, New
York Republican, speaking from
the floor of the House, said
that Vergelis, who will seek to
-defend the Soviet policy on
Jews, does not represent Soviet
Jewry and is not concerned
about the fate of the Jews in
the Soviet Union. He actually
came to the United States with
a mission "to cover up by
propaganda smoke-screen the
rising tide of Soviet anti-Sem-
itism," the Congressman told
the House.
A panel discussion at George-
town University here, in which
Vergelis was to participate, was
canceled an hour before it was
scheduled to take place. Ver-
gelis also ran into difficulties
with a State Department warn-
ing to American organizations
and institutions not to become
involved with him or any of his
group in providing a forum for
their propaganda.
The United States mean-
while had temporarily can-
celed negotiations on a new
cultural exchange program as
an additional protest against
the Soviet arrest in Moscow
of Prof. Frederick Barghoorn
of Yale University. President
Kennedy said the continua-
tion of American-Soviet cul-
turalexchanges hinges on the
release of the professor.

In his speech exposing Ver-
gelis, Halpern said:
"This Nation should know the
hypocrisy of Vergalis' depiction
of himself as a Jewish literary
personage concerned about the
fate of Jewry when he is actu-
ally a Communist Party hack
assigned to cover up by a prop-
aganda smokescreen the rising
tide of Soviet anti-Semitism. He
is a disgrace of the faith of his
fathers and I hope he deceives
no one.
"Another member of this
group, Boris Polevoy, a writer
of Jewish birth, has betrayed
his own people by flagrantly
misrepresenting the truth about
the persecution of those Rus-
sian Jewish writers and artists
who suffered for their devotion
to Judaism and freedom."

* * *
LONDON, (JTA) — Rep-
resentatives of all major reli-
gions in the Soviet union —
except the Jewish religion—
were given honored places in
the receiving line in the
Kremlin when the USSR of-
ficially celebrated its anniver-
sary of the Bolshevik Revolu-
tion on Nov. 7.
According to the highly in-
formed source who was an eye-
witness to the Nov. 7 celebra-
tion, the official receiving line
included, standing next to Pre-
mier Khrushchev and the
USSR's Pr e s i d en t, leading
clergy of the Russian Orthodox,
Catholic, Moslem and Buddhist
faiths. Not only was no rabbi
present in the receiving line, the
source said, but not a single
religious Russian Jew had ever
been invited as a guest of the
Revolution Day party.

st Israel for Higher Pay Scale
25,000 Professionals Stage Strike list
for the profes-icial lists independent of general
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)
TEL AVIV — Representatives sionals, who are demanding spe- 'public servants' lists.
of 25,000 professionals and tech-
nicians, who staged a one-day
strike against public institutions
Tuesday, said Wednesday that
their professionals coordinating
committee would meet to plan
further steps in their fight for
more pay and special wage lists.
Despite last minute efforts by
Mapai and the Histadrut, Is-
rael's Labor Federation, the
professionals struck at sick fund
offices and government dispen-
saries, hospitals, and secondary
schools. Only engineers in es-
sential services, such as the
Electric Corporation and the De-
fense Establishment, stayed on
the job.
There were no reports of con-
tact between the Histadrut and
the coordinating committee but
hopes were expressed that such
contacts would be made. Hista-
drut members among the strik-
ers, who said Wednesday they
would accept a proposal by His-
tadrut Secretary-General Aharon
Becker that their demands
would be considered within two
weeks, decided at the same time
to continue their support of the
coordinating committee plans.
A split within the Histadrut
over the strike developed
Wednesday when it was learned
that Zeev Hering, head of the
professional workers in the His-
tadrut, resigned. It was under-
stood he opposed a proposal
from a special committee for a

Goldberg Hits Mistreatment of Jews
in Russia; Urges Rights Court in UN

States and other Western nations
had been in alliance with Com-
munist bloc countries in object-
ing to "the setting up of inter-
national machinery for imple-
mentation on the untenable
grounds that this would tend to
undermine the sovereignty and
independence of states."
He said "the time is overdue"
for establishment of the inter-
national court, and that the
absence of the court "increases
the obligation of all who believe
in the dignity of man to protest
the denial of human rights
whenever or wherever it occurs."
Goldberg stressed the mis-
treatment of Jews in the Soviet
Union as a graphic case in point,
and emphasized that evidence of
discrimination against Jews
there is "overwhelming." He
pointed to the closing of syna-
gogues, restriction on private
worship, virtual prohibition of
Jewish schools, the condemning
of the ancient Jewish cemetery
in Kiev, vilification of Jews in
the Soviet press, and other
instances of intolerance.
"No law-abiding citizen of any
n a t i o n, and particularly no
judge," the jurist stated, "can
(Respiratory Disease) urge
that any person or group
is immune from the equal appli-
cation of any nation's law. But
when 60 per cent of those exe-
cuted in the Soviet Union for
economic crimes are Jews, who
comprise only a little more than
one per cent of the population,
then the belief naturally is fos-
tered that Jews are receiving
unequal treatment under Soviet
45 % (Including
Goldbrg said that, in appealing
for an end to Soviet discrimina-
tion against Jews, he was aware
our own nation's record "is not
When you are ill, there's a good perfect," and that "we all too
chance it's a Respiratory Dis- often fall short of realizing the
ease! RD accounted for 55 per great ideals of human liberty
cent of all acute (short-term) and equality embodied in our
illnesses, according to the latest great Declaration of Human
(1961) figures available. Your Right. I am also mindful, how-
Christmas Seal contributions aid ever, that our government pol-
the fight against all Respiratory icy is directed to ending rather
Diseases, including tuberculosis. than extending discrimination."

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NEW YORK, (JTA) — Estab-
lishment of an International
Court of Human Rights, to en-
force the "essential civil rights"
of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights of the United Na-
tions, was urged Sunday by As-
sociate Justice Arthur J. Gold-
berg of the United States Su-
preme Court.
Justice Goldberg spoke before
500 educators, scholars and lead-
ers of American business and
labor here, when he and nine
other Jewish communal leaders
received the annual Louis Mar-
shall Award at a dinner con-
ducted by the National Patrons
Society of the Jewish Theo-
logical Seminary of America.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme
Court Justice received an hon-
orary degree from the Seminary.
Declaring that the unimple-
mented Universal Declaration of
Human Rights "amounts only to
a manifesto, a statement of
ideals and not binding law,"
Justice Goldberg said that,
"sadly enough," the United

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