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February 20, 1970 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-02-20

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11 Soviet Women Appeal Through Hadassah
for Reunion With Their Families in Israel

NEW YORK (JTA) — Eleven
Soviet Jewish women have issued
an appeal to "the women of the
world" to intercede with the So-
viet government for permission
to emigrate to Israel. Ten women
are from Moscow and one from
Riga. The unusual document, in
Russian, addressed "To You,
Woman" was received by Hadas-
sah, the Women's Zionist Organi-
zation of America. It was read in
English to the 200 Jewish leaders,
at the group's mid-winter confer-
ence.
The Soviet women stated that
their petitions to go to Israel to
join "our husbands and brothers,
our parents and children from
whom we have been torn asunder"
have been repeatedly refused by
Soviet authorities.

"And nothing helps us in our
degrading appeals to indifferent
officials of the ministry of in-
terior affairs — neither our pe-
titions nor the many months of
waiting, nor tear s, nor de-
mands," they continued. "As
there is no formal ban on leav-
ing the USSR, we get our re-
fusals always orally (as if they
felt that they are doing some-
thing that is vile and unlawful)
and in a manner of irritation.
They refuse us behind closed
doors, being afraid of publicity,
and at the same time, at the
other end of the world, from
high international tribunes, they
proclaim loudly that in the
USSR there allegedly are no per-
sons desirous of going to Israel.
And what about us? And what
about thousands like us? We
who only live with the hope of
going to Israel!"

Their appeal expresses thanks
"to the peoples of the Soviet Union
who had for centuries given shel-
ter to our much-suffering people"
and then adds, "But today in the
second half of the 20th Century,
we have our Jewish State. Whether
it is good or bad, it is our country.
This desire towards national reuni-
fication on the land of Israel is the
inevitable end to the many cen-
turies of the wanderings of the
Jews. This is our right, just
like it is the right of the Ar-
menians to live in Armenia, of the
Poles in Poland. And it must be
understood rightly." The closing
paragraph pleads for intercession
with the Soviet government. It
reads: "And we appeal to you,
Woman, no matter who you are-
a student in a ministry, a sales-
girl or a cinema star, a housewife
or a queen, we ask you, Woman,
help us. Apply you, too, to the
Soviet government with the words:
'Let them go in peace. Don't keep
them by force.' "
Hadassah relayed this appeal to
its more than 1,300 chapters and
groups throughout the country,
urging that it be given the widest
publicity. It also called upon the
American women's organizations
to support the appeal nationally
and locally, "in the hope that the
government of the USSR will re-
spond by opening the door for
them and for all Jews who wish
to emigrate to Israel and other
countries."

A resolution praising Presi-
dent Nixon's assurance that the
United States "is prepared to
supply military equipment nec-
essary to support the efforts of
friendly governments like Israel
to defend the safety of their
people," was adopted by the
conference.

Youth

'Tis a maxim with me to be
young as long as one can: there is
nothing can pay one for that in-
valuable ignorance which is the
companion of youth; those san-
guine groundless hopes, and that
lively vanity, which make all the
happiness of life. To my extreme
mortification I grow wiser every
day.

— Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.

The resolution called upon the
United States to "provide Israel
with the military and economic
means to deter the Arab states,
heavily armed by the USSR and
France , from initiating another
war " and "to exert its influence
to bring the Arab states and Is-
rael together in direct negotia-
tions." It endorsed the resolution
adopted by the emergency con-
ference of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organizations
held in Washington Jan. 25, which
called for the withdrawal of Sec-
retary of State Rogers' proposals
for the Middle East so that "the
Arab-Israeli negotiations which
President Nixon has called for will
be undertaken without pre-condi-
tion."
Another resolution protested the
action of the French government
"in arming Israel's enemies bent
on its destruction while denying
to Israel the 50 Mirage jets al-
ready bought and paid for." It ex-
pressed the hope that President
Pompidou during his visit to the
United States, "will be persuaded
to alter a policy that cynically
disregards the French commit-
ment to the principles of liberty,
equality and brotherhood."
A resolution on Jews in Arab
countries called upon the secre-
tary general of the United Nations
to "use every possible measure
to protect the human rights and

Imported
from
Canada's
Oldest
Dim ler

dignity of Jews who still remain
in Iraq, Egypt and Syria and to

assure that those who choose to
emigrate will be enabled to do so."
A resolution on Soviet Jewry
censured the USSR's "continuing

policy of discrimination against
its 3,000,000 Jewish nationals."
and stated that "persistent
anti-Israel propaganda in the So-
viet press, TV and radio with its
overtones of anti-Semitism adds to
the mounting tension of daily life
for Jews in the USSR."
WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Is-
rael Embassy here transmitted
to Vice President Spiro Agnew,
presiding officer of the U.S. Sen-
ate, the plea adopted by the Knes-
set to the parliaments of the free
world asking them to intercede in
behalf of the Jews of the Soviet
Union who wished to emigrate to
Israel but were not being permit-
ted to leave the Soviet Union.

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