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March 27, 1970 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-03-27

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Youth Protest USSR Bias; Doctors' Trial Libel Recalled

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A protest meeting- against the
suppression of Soviet Jewry and
Russian arms supplies to the Arab
states was held in Buenos Aires.
Jewish community leaders from
the capital and provincial cities
attended.
The Bnai Brith International
Council called on the Soviet Union
to "end global defamation of the
Jewish people and coercion of So-
viet Jews to collaborate in this
vicious campaign."
Citing what it labeled an increas-
ingly reactionary Jewish policy
motivated by domestic political
considerations, the council called
for the restoration of Jewish reli-
gious and cultural institutions, fair
representation of Jews and Juda-
ism in Soviet textbooks and the
ending of anti-Jewish discrimina-
tion in education and employment.
In Paris, two Jewish organiza-
tions called for strong measures to
prevent a local resurgence of anti-
Semitism.
The Jewish Students Union and
the Movement Against Racism and
Anti-Semitism urged French au-
thorities and the public at large
to react enegetically against any
symptoms of discrimination or
overt anti-Semitism.
They said that eoti-Semitic
slogans were recently scrawled
on the walls of the synagogue
in Rouen and cited that as symp-
tomatic of anti-Semitic feelings.
Several hundred young Jews :
demonstrated in front of the So-
viet Embassy and other Soviet
premises to protest the discrim-
ination against Jews in the Soviet
Union. Police arrested' 61 of the
demonstrators for "i dentity
checks" and released them. <
The demonstrations were organ-
ized by the Jewish Communal
House, which is supported by the
French Central Jewish Fund. They
took place during the evening
rush hour as thousands of Paris-
ians left their offices.
Several dozen demonstrators
chained themselves to the iron
bars that surround the embassy.
the offices of Aeroflot, the Soviet
airline, and the Soviet commercial
delegation. Others handed out leaf-
lets explaining that their action
was "symbolic of the chainS
around Soviet Jews."
A leader of the Swiss Parlia-
ment charged last week that the
bulletin published and distributed
by the Soviet Embassy in Berne
contained "unbridled attacks on
both the United States and Israel
that shov,:ed evidetice of primitive
anti-Semitism."
Dr. Walter Hofer, chairman of
the Foreign Relations Committee
of the lower house, asked the for-
eign minister if this did not con-1
stitute a violation of Swiss neu-
trality and an infringement on
freedom of thought.
He said the Soviet Embassy
bulletin contained "hints of dark
conspiracies by world Jewry" and
claimed that Jews were the real
power in Washington.
The Israeli executive of the
World Jewish Congress in the be-
lief that activities in behalf of
Soviet Jewry must be planned
and coordinated by a central
body, has approached other or-
ganizations with the aim of set-
ting up such a body.
Itzhak Korn. a Knesset mem-
ber and chairman of the WJC's
political committee in Israel, said
that divided and uncontrolled
activities by diverse groups could
be dangerous and could be inter-
preted in quarters' as being a
facet of the East-West "cold war."
NEW YORK (JTA)—An ominous
date in the life of the Soviet Jew-
ish community—Jan. 13—is cited
in a letter from a Russian Jew to
the• Moscow daily Pravda which
the newspaper did not publish but
which has reached the offices of
the American Jewish Congress
here.
The letter, signed by Chaim
Rabinovich, a 55-year-old engineer
seeking to emigrate to Israel. de-
nounced the current Soviet anti-
Zionist campaign and particularly

the use of Jewish citizens to attack
Israel.
Rabinovich, who gave his ad-
dress as 66 lzmailovsky Blvd. in
Moscow, noted that it was on Jan.
13, 1953, that the "infamous cam-
paign that became known as the
'doctors' plot' " was launched and
that prominent Jewish citizens at-
tacked the Jewish physicians.
On Jan. 13, 1970, he noted, the
names of Soviet Jewish citizens
were again published in Pravda
to attack Israel and Zionism.
On Jan. 13, 1948. American Jew-
ish Congress officials recalled
here, Solomon Mikhoels, director
and star of the Yiddish State Thea-
ter in Moscow, was murdered by
Stalin's secret police.
In• his letter to Pravda, Rabin-
ovich said that after he had ap-
plied for emigration to Israel he
was "transferred to an inferior
position, not in my profession."
When his application was reject-
ed he applied again.
This time, he wrote, "the pos-

Jews and the need for support
of their wish to receive permission
' sibility has arisen concerning my
for their requests to emigrate
to emigrate. A general discussion
dismissal from the plant." As a
to Israel were conveyed to Sec- of the problem took place during
result, he continued, "a family of
retary General U Thant in a 40-
the meeting, it was indicated.
four persons will live on my wife's
minute meeting last Friday eve-
UN officials said it was "purely
pension (invalid — 2nd grade)
ning by Yosef Tekoah, the Is-
coincidental" that Ambassador
amounting to 39 rubles.
rael ambassador to the United
Yacob Malik of the Soviet Union
"Yet no matter how difficult
The envoy provided additional was scheduled as Thant's next
things may be, I shall not give up
my desire to live with my people." information to the secretary gen- appointment, immediately after
Declaring that as a Jew he could eral on expressions by Soviet Jews the Israeli diplomat.
not be neutral concerning Arab
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
threats to destroy Israel, he wrote 12—Friday, March 27, 1970
that "In the 21 years of its exist-
ence, Jews from all countries rush-
ed there to build their state.
"From the Arab countries alone
400,000 Jews emigrated. From the
USSR too there has been a partial
emigration to Israel. Comrade
Kosygin publicly stated in Paris,
in 1966, that the government of the
.. A VOLKSWAGEN
USSR does not impede the unifica-
WITH AN ACCENT.
tion of families. Yet, I have sub-
mitted my emigration documents
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TESTIMONIAL

C elehrating

CANTOR NICHOLAS FENAKEL'S

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Artniveriary

with

ADAS SHALOM SYNAGOGUE

Sunday, April 12, 1970 — 8:00 P.M.

Main Sanctuary - Curtis at Santa Rosa

The program will feature special musical selections
in addition to congregational and community tributes

A reception following the program will be given by the
Synagogue and its affiliate groups. The entire
Congregation and Community are cordially invited.

Nicholas Fenakel

Cantor

David Pollack

Judge Ira G. Kaufman

Chairman

Co-Chairman

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