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MOSCOW MESSAGE: The Soviet press and radio may pour out
ntnItIess propaganda against Israel, but the people in the Soviet Union
are not impressed by it. On the contrary, Israel's prestige among the
Russian people grows with every anti-Israel outburst coming from the
This is the message conveyed from Moscow by a foreign observer
been living in Russia for three years, knows the Russian lan-
guage, talks with Russians in their homes, and is even taken into
confidence by Russians active in the underground movement. His views
are relayed in a book entitled "Message From Moscow," just published
by Knopf. The author prefers to remain anonymous, because he wants
to protect his Russian friends in Moscow. He hides himself under the
Cover-name "An Observer."
The author asserts that the Russians resent the aid which their gov-
ernment gives to the Arabs. "Propaganda photographs of Russian
trucks and machinery being unloaded in Arab ports do not provoke
pride in comradely aid," he reports. On the contrary, they provoke
bitterness. The Russians just cannot forgive the fact that while they
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ative status with the Economic Chile. He declared that a tract en-
and Social Council.
titled "The Jewish Conspiracy in
Voting for the CBJO were dele- the Middle East," published and
gates from the United States, distributed by the Social Reform
United Kingdom, Uruguay, France, Society of Kuwait, was what he •
Ghana, Jamaica and Norway.
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Opposing the reaccrediting were fort in anti-Jewish propaganda •
delegates from the Soviet Union, that Bnai Brith was trying to •
India, Sudan, Bulgaria and Paki- counteract.
stan. During the debate on the
status of CBJO, the British dele-
gate. Mrs. Margaret B. Chitty,
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organization an dstressed it had
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After the Chinese and the Africans, the Arabs are the most disliked
people in Moscow, the author reports. He cites the reaction of various
elements of the Moscow population to the Six-Day War showing that
despite the deafening, and often vicious, anti-Israel propaganda, every-
one in the entire city—even the muzhiks who are ordinarily anti-Semitic
—was on the side of the Jews. He quotes a taxi driver, "a real
peasant," happily telling a Jewish-looking passenger: "Your people are
really giving those Arabs hell. It's about time!"
It is not so much the love of the Israelis that makes the Russians
disregard the official anti-Israel propaganda, as the hatred of the
Arabs, the author emphasizes. There are, of course, anti-Israel meet-
ings being held by workers in Soviet factories. But these meetings, the
author says, are staged by orders from higher authority. The workers
themselves are bored by the speeches about Israel's "aggression."
They come to the gatherings because they were ordered to do so:
actually they consider their time at these meetings being wasted, the
'Message From Moscow" is an exceptional book about the Soviet
Union inasmuch is it is written by a Russian-loving Westerner who has
been maintaining intimate contact with the intellectuals and workers in
Moscow and has also been permitted to travel to other cities not usually
visited by foreigners. The anonymous author goes deeply into various
aspects of Soviet life. He is very pessimistic. He warns the outside
World not to be deceived into thinking that the Stalin spirit of cruelty
could not be revived. In fact, he sees neo-Stalinism growing in Russia
stronger and stronger.
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conducted serious studies of bene-
fit to the UN.
The main thrust of those in
opposition was that the CBJO rep-
resented a specific group interest
—that of the Jewish people and
Israel—rather than being con-
suffer from a shortage of goods and have to stand long hours in line in cerned with human rights Win gen-
front of stores, the Kremlin is sending boatloads of "the best stuff" to eral. The CBJO was the only NGO
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After Debate on Consultative Status
denied a definitive status last June
when the two-year review ended
of consultative arrangements be-
tween the ECOSOC and NGO's.
During the debate, Nikifor I.
Yevdokyev of the Soviet Union ac-
cused the CBJO of slandering a
number of member states of the
UN aand said he could not find
a single statement from the group
condemning what he termed mass
violations of human rights in Is-
rael occupied territories. Yevdok-
yev charged that CBJO distributed
information that could be traced
directly back to Israel and inter-
national Zionist circles.
Bnai Brith a member of the
CBJO, had criticized a Security
Council resolution of Dec. 31,
1968, which had condemned Is-
rael for its attack on the Beirut
airport. Bnai Brith termed the
resolution, passed unanimously
by the council, as one-sided. The
delegate from Sudan, Omer Els-
heihk, who also opposed the ap-
plication of CBJO, said Boat
Brith had referred to one Secur-
ity Council action as dishonor-
able diplomacy and had leveled
criticism at Syria. Bnai Brith,
in replies to written questions
posed by Sudan, stated it had
not in the past 10 years criti-
cized any political decisions of
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Maurice A. Weinstein, acting
chairman of CBJO, said the consti-
tuent groups of the board had
come together for the limited pur-
pose of advising the Economic And
Social Council on questions of hu-
man rights, something it had been
doing for 22 years before the coun-
cil. Focusing on the criticism of
Bnai Brith, Weinstein noted that
member states were frequently
critical of certain UN resolutions.
He said this involved freedom of
speech, a part of the United Na-
tions concept, and that Bnai Brith
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