Israel Welcomed as Member of UN Commission
on Human Rights; Soviet Bigotry Is Outlined
2,500 Jews Living in
Cuba, Govt. Says;
No Havana Rabbis
Some 17,000 students attend in-
stitutions of higher education_ in
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NEW YORK (JTA)—A Zionist
GENEVA (JTA) — With con- stand a rational test and that the World Council of Baptists and
of the European Baptist Federa- youth group held a Purim celebra-
sideration of a draft convention on the word "anti-Semitism" was
tion," he declared.
tion in the Jewish Community Cen-
the elimination of all forms of re- a label, not an explanation.
Focusing on the situation in the
ligious intolerance the main item
He said Russian Muslims were ter in Havana Sunday, according
on an 18-point agenda, the United Soviet Union, he said that whereas permitted to send and receive over- to a report from Havana to the
Nations Commission on Human other religious communities there seas delegations and to undertake New York Times.
The report stated the Castro
Rights convened its 21st annual were allowed to some extent to the traditional pilgrimage to
session here Sunday — with Israel observe and propagate their re- Mecca. He asked why only Russian government permits Cuban Jews
represented as a member of the ligions, such facilities which were Jews were totally isolated from to pursue cultural, religious and
at some time or other granted to Jewish communities the world Zionist activities, having recently
The Israeli representative is Dr.
tend a conference in Israel.
Haim Cohen, a member of Israel's being for the greater part gradu-
The jurist said he was apologiz-
Cuba's Jewish population, which
Supreme Court and Israel's former ally and systematically withdrawn. ing for taking so much time but
attorney general. Ambassador Sal-
Justice Cohen said he was that he was doing so "not only to numbered about 10,000 in pre-
vador de Lopez, of the Philippines, "happy to report and acknowledge" draw the attention of our dis- Castro days, has now been reduced
Chairman of this year's session, that the Russian Orthodox version tinguished colleague from the to about 2,500, most of the Jews
formally welcomed Israel as a new of the Bible had been reprinted in USSR and his government to this having emigrated to the United
member of the commission, along 1957 in an edition of 50,000 copies deplorable state of affairs but also States, the report said. It added
'with two other new members, Iraq and that the Protestant version had to show that both religious belief that Jews in Havana still maintain
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been reprinted in 1958 in 10,000 and irreligious belief have in com-
They receive kosher meat and
Prof. Rene Cassin, of France, volumes.
mon that they are potential breed- poultry from the government
president of Affiance Israelite
He noted also that in UFA and ing places of religious intolerance. slaughterhouses and matzo from
Francaise, is also a member of the Tashkent the Muslim directorates The lesson of history is that true
were allowed to produce three religious freedom needs protection Canada.
"Judaism and the Hebrew and
In addition to consideration of editions of the Arabic Koran be- from both."
Yiddish languages are still being
the religious freedom item,
after regular classes in Ha-
no such permission had ever been Mexican, Argentine Jews taught
which has been pending before
vana's Albert Einstein School. This
one UN body or another for sev- given for reprinting of the Hebrew to Link Education Activity institution has been nationalized,
eral years, the session agenda Bible.
MEXICO CITY (JTA) — A de- like all other private schools, and
He added that he was glad to
has an item, inscribed by Po-
to coordinate the Jewish ed- only 60 of its 400 pupils are Jew-
land, forbidding the termination say that Muslims were allowed to
activities in Mexico with ish," the report stated.
of prosecution of Nazi war crimi- use Arabic as their holy language
nals in all countries in the world. in print, but that there were no those of Argentina was adopted
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Justice Cohen then contrasted
these data with the remaining
The draft convention dealing
90 synagogues and about that
with religious freedoms would call number of rabbis for nearly
upon all governments, including 1,000,000 Jewish believers — one
the Soviet Union but not mention- synagogue and one rabbi for
ing the USSR specifically, to per-
15,000 to 16,000. He said the ec-
mit full freedom of religious prac- clesiastical bodies of other re-
tice to all believers. Under the ligions in Russia were permitted
document. teaching of Hebrew to produce a variety of ritual
would be permitted, as well as objects and that mass sales of
the right of religious Jews to visit such objects, particularly can-
dies, was an important source
Justice Cohen outlined at
of income for the church. How-
length at the commission's meet-
ever, he pointed out that the
ing Wednesday the discrimina-
production of Jewish religious
tions being practiced by Soviet
objects, such as prayer shawls or
authorities against Russian Jews.
phylacteries, was prohibited.
Justice Cohen, speaking on the
He told the commission that still
draft before the commission, said less understandable than this dis-
the greatest achievement embodied crimination was the fact that mat-
in the draft was that it covered ters had gone from bad to worse
theistic, non-theistic and atheistic since the repudiation of the Stalin
beliefs to ensure that disregard of era. In 1962, the jurist noted,
the freedom of religion should authorities announced publicly for
never again be allowed to bring the first time that Jews could no
longer bake matzo for Passover.
suffering to mankind..
Declaring that the Catholic He said that the feast of Passover,
church had stopped persecuting a remembrance of delivery from
members of other religions, he said bondage, had been branded in
that the highest councils of the Soviet propaganda as "subversive"
church, a reference to the Ecu- and as "killing love for the Soviet
menical Council, was now formu- motherland," though in fact its
lating principles of tolerance to observance was quite compatible
guide the Catholic church in the with love of motherlands. He said
that in all fairness he should add
Justice Cohen insisted that the that very limited amounts of matzo
intolerance inherent in any re- were being baked this year within
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ligion was also inherent in the the precinct of a few synagogues,
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belief that no religion can be true. and he expressed the hope that
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"Religion is the opium of the rection.
As Other observers have re-
masses." Asserting that the suffer-
ing once caused by monopolistic ported, Justice Cohen noted also
religions was now being caused by that the Jewish religion was dis-
reliance on atheistic doctrine, the criminated against in Russia by a
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from those of the next man. If the wide federation in Russia. "This
"next man" is a member of a small
minority, the jurist added, he and Christian Baptists is a member of
his views are doomed.
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It was a matter of "bitter and
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the main and "quite hopeless"
victims of fanatical religious
persecution. He said no explana-
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