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Shultz says Soviet abuses against Jews appear worse

Secretary of State George P. Shultz said Monday that Soviet persecution of its Jewish population ''seems to be getting worse'' and cited an increase in official propaganda that goes so far as to ''compare the State of Israel to Nazi Germany.''

He accused Moscow of a ''cynical manipulation of human lives for political purposes'' in its human rights practices.

Mr. Shultz, who along with President Reagan has recently moderated criticism of Moscow, said Washington will continue open criticism of Soviet mistreatment of its citizens, especially Jews.

''We will not be silent when the Soviets act in a way we consider dangerous or irresponsible, as they so often do in the human rights area,'' Shultz told the National Assembly of the National Conference of Soviet Jewry here.

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