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May 09, 1969 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-05-09

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Riga Students Appeal to West
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LONDON (JTA)—An appeal to'' League for Repatriation of Russian
the West for help against the So- Jews, Ripps' mother, whose
viet repression of Jews and restric- name was not given, called Riga
tions on emigration to Israel has police on the evening of April 13
been made by Jewish students of when she had not seen him for
Riga, Latvia, the Sunday Observer over a day and was told that her
reported. son deserved a spanking because
The paper published a reproduc- he was a troublemaker. She has
tion of a letter in Russian which not seen him since and does not
the students purported smuggledknow
is alive. office de-
The whether
League's he Geneva
out of Latvia after the attemted I
suicide by fire of 21-year-old Ilya I scribed him as a gifted young man
Ripps, a student in the physics and who had entered Riga University
mathematics department of the with outstanding marks and was
doctorate in
Latvian State University. preparing for his
The Observer quoted the letter mathematics.
(A conference of French intellec-
as saying, "We Jewish students
on behalf of Soviet Jew ,
of Riga appeal to the students of
ry,
1960
th
Israel, the United States, Eng- tualsthird
closed in Paris May 3 after adopt-
land and the world for help."
expressed
ing
a
resolution
that
The letter described how young
Ripps. The
Ripps set himself afire at the foot anxiety over the fate of
confer-
of the liberty monument in Riga resolution authorized the
with a placard on his chest protest- ence to send a mission to Riga to
ing discrimination against Jews in gather details on the incident and
the Soviet Union. It said he ran make inquiries about Ripps' where-
burning through the streets shout- abouts.
(The gathering, attended by 84
ing in Russian, "Let's go to Is-
rael," until a group of passing scholars, writers and clergymen
from
and Switzerland,
sailors knocked him down, stamp- heard France
papers on the general posi-
ed out the flames and beat him.
Secret police who quickly arriv- tion of Soviet Jews and on Soviet
of
ed on the spot hustled Ripps into a anti-Semitism in the guise
car and drove away. He has not antii-Zonism.
(One resolution adopted demand-
been seen or hcl.rd from since then
and is believed to be in the prison ed that Soviet Jews be granted the
of the State Security Committee, same cultural and organizational
the letter said. The account con- rights enjoyed by other national
tained in the letter coincided with minorities in the USSR.
purported independent eye-witness Another called for a halt t o
accounts of the episode that reach- the present anti-Semitic campaign
masked as anti-Israel policy, and
ed Western countries last week.
According to the appeal pub- a third urged the right of Russian
lished in the Sunday Observer, Jews to maintain contact with fel-
"Ilya Ripps expressed the de- low Jews outside of Russia, to
mand of hundreds of thousands move freely and to leave Russia if
of Jews in Russia." The student's they wished to re-unite with their
father is an engineer, and his families abroad.)
The Tel Aviv demonstrators on
mother is a doctor.
The Observer raid that this epi- behalf of Soviet Jewry marched to
sode marked the first time since four foreign embassies here May 2
the establishment of Israel that with petitions demanding the right
young Russian Jews have dared to of Russian Jews to leave their
organize themselves and show a country if they wished. The demon-
keen interest in emigrating to Is- stration was organized by the right-
rael. The Observer said that about wing Herut Party.
The American and British Em-
30,000 of 100,000 Russian Jewish
students have already applied for bassies received deputations bear-
passports but only a handful have ing the petition.
The French ambassador appear-
been allowed to leave.
Ripps' application was denied, ed in person to excuse himself
and he attempted self-immolation from a discussion on the grounds
to dramatize his plight, the account of previous engagements but prom-
said. The Observer reported a is- ed the marchers that they might
small group of Russian Jews who approach him at any time with any
have been allowed to emigrate re- requirements concerning Soviet
cently say the Jewish spirit is Jewry. But the Finnish Embassy,
alive among vast numbers of Rus- which represents the Soviet inter-
Sian Jews. ests in Israel, refused to admit the
According to the International demonstrators.

6—Friday, May 9, 1969

Israelis in Occupied Areasto Vote in Fall Elections

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israelis and settlers in the Golan Heights
who have settled in the occupied and various Sinai outposts.
Arab territories will be permitted
to vote in next fall's general elec-
WHEN YOU I
A COCKTAIL
tions, Deputy Minister of Interior
Israel Benmeir said in a radio
IC
interview. He said the voters reg-
ister includes Kfar Etzion in the
Judaean hills south of Jerusalem

,

tion for the post of editor. The man
he would succeed is John Watson,
a black militant whose term will
be over in June.
Grant has been described as a
"moderate leftist." Davis carries
the support of the black militant
minority on campus.
Following open hearings on the
editorship question, Grant and four
others were assaulted. One of them
was Martin Fischhoff, a member
of the liberal arts student board,
and another Steve Raphael, also a
candidate for editor. It is not
known for certain, however, if
there was any direct connection
between the attack and the editor-
ship race.
Grant said he was not deterred
by the beating from seeking the
post.
The publications committee has
admittedly been under intense
pressure. One member said one
reason he hasn't been harassed is
because "no one knows who we
are." But he was hopeful, he said,
that "we can solve this amiably."
Prof. W. Sprague Holden chair-
man of the WSU journalism de-
partment, said that he's noticed
"more anger about this (editor-
sh ip) issue than any other. Most
black students I have talked to are
not happy about it," he said.
The WSU board of governors
was to take up the issue at its
meeting Thursday.

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WSU Publications Committee
Denies Backtra eking on Editor

Tense as the South End situa-
tion is, there is no truth to reports
that a "massive black-white con-
frontation" exists on campus, ac-
cording to the head of the Wayne
State University Student-Faculty
Council publications committee.
The chairman, Fred Schmoll,
commented to The Jewish News
on reports of the committee back-
tracking on a decision to name
the next editor of the South End.
The publications committee had
named John Grant from a field of
seven candidates as editor of the
controversial student paper, effec-
tive next fall. This decision would
have been brought before the full
Student-Faculty Council for ap-
proval next Thursday, but the pub-
lications committee placed the
matter before the entire Wayne
State student body, asking them to
comment on the candidates.
"This is not an unusual proce-
dure," the publications commit-
tee chairman said, adding that
"Grant is still our final decision.
If it is warranted however, we
will reconsider." The "final"
final decision would be made
by May 15. Even after it is sub-
mitted to the SEC, the editorship
issue can be tossed back to the
publications committee for fur-
ther study, he said.
Observers say that Richard
Davis is Grant's only real opposi-

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