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May 15, 1970 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-05-15

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Olympics Fought by Jewish Groups
Soviet Bid to Host
Moshe Decter on the treatment I support of Soviet Jewry the deep Judge Berke gave the suspended

LOS ANGELES (JTA)—Two loc-
al Jewish groups are trying to
block Soviet Russia's bid to be
the site of the International Olym-
pic games in 1976.
The Southern California Council
for Soviet Jews and the Cali-
fornia Students for Soviet Jews
said Tuesday that the Interna-
tional Olympic Committee should
not give serious consideration to
Moscow's application as long as
Russian Jews are repressed and
denied freedom to leave.
Si Frumkin, a spokesman for
the groups, said, "We feel . . .
that it is an affront to the spirit
of the Olympics to seriously con-
sider an application from a gov-
ernment which consistently vio-
lates the UN Declaration of Hu-
man Rights . . (which) states
that all people will be permitted
to leave any country for any des-
tination, and this is exactly what
the Soviet Jews are not permitted
to do."
Frumkin claimed that more than
80,000 Russian Jews had applied
for exit permits last year and
fewer than 1,000 were permitted
to leave. He said a nationwide
campaign of letters and telegrams
to the International Olympic Com-
mittee had been started by Soviet
Jewry councils all over the coun-
try.
A 37-year-old Jewish mathema-
tician left the Soviet Union
May 6, apparently for Israel, it
was learned in London.
Yuli Telesin, an avowed Zionist
who has publicly criticized the
Kremlin's anti-Israel policies, left
from Moscow airport for Vienna.
About 60 persons including his
parents, who write Yiddish poetry,
saw him off. Telesin was one of 40
Soviet Jews who signed a letter
last March complaining about their
government's restrictive emigra-
tion policies and demanding the
right to go to Israel. He was one
of several Jewish protesters singl-
ed out by the government news-
paper lzvestia for attacks as a
"renegade long known for his Zi-
oni3t views."

DETROIT EWISH HEWS
6—Friday
ay, May 15, 1 J970

.concern of the 15,000,000 Amer i- sentence under the Youth Correc- Mrs. McKay Decides
th tion Act, which permits youthful Not to Run Again
can workers in the AFL-CIO, with
Dr. Decter, head of the Jewish I the anti - Jewish discrimination offenders to wipe their records
Minorities Research Organization ' practiced and tolerated by the clean by keeping out of trouble for for Parliament Seat
in New York, wrote the three- I rulers of the Soviet Union. A six months after their offense.
LONDON—After months of bit-
part series for JTA, carried in vicious anti-Jewish campaign is
The 17 youths, all students at the ter dispute with her local Labor
The Jewish News, last January now being pursued with increased University of Philadelphia, chained Party, Clapham's Member of Par-
to answer a previously circulated vigor in the Soviet Union. To the themselves to the fence at the Rus- liament, Mrs. Margaret McKay,
Novosti article titled
Soviet long list of persecutions, suppress- sian Embassy on April 9 and pre- has decided not to stand at the
Jews as They Are," which depicted ions of labors rights and human sented embassy officials with a next general election.
the 1 i f e of Russian Jewry as 1 rights practiced by t h e Soviet petition in support of Russian Jews
She announced her decision a
"happy." i leadership have been added the signed by 300 university professors. month before the Clapham party's
The Novosti reply was written traditional mark of totalitarian-
meeting
to discuss Mrs. McKay's
They read a statement in the
by one of its staff writers, Ruvim ism, discrimination against the courtroom, saying they were risk- pro-Arab interests and future as
MP.
Groyer. Novosti, an official Soviet Jewish
people.
"Despite denials by Soviet lead- ing the 60-day prison term or $100 1
The chairman of the party, Colin
organ, is regarded as an external
propaganda agency. Its dispatches ership, the facts of anti-Semitism fine
because to
it the
was plight
a minor
compared
of thing
Boris Blau, declared "I can only say
that
I am very pleased with Mrs.
are circulated abroad but not with- are clearly established.
who
was
sentenced
Kochubievsky,
McKay's decision to resign."
On behalf of the AFL-C10, I one year ago to an undetermme
in the USSR.
of
One
of Mrs. McKay's supporters,
to express
our
support
wish
w
Groyer disputed Dr. Decter's
which can restore prison term for asking to leave the
contention that Lenin's opposition any
even efforts
small measures of freedom Soviet Union and go to Israel with the Rev. Tony Crowe, vicar of St.
John
the
Evangelist, who recently
his wife and children. They said
to anti-semitism was "tactical"
to the Russian people. One step that the entire Soviet Union was a returned from a trip to Jordan with
rather than based on principle. He
the
Jewish
Mrs.
McKay,
described the an-
in
that
direction
is
disputed Dr. Decter's claim that
prison for Russian Jews, and they
Labor Committee's struggle to were all sentenced to life imprison- nouncement as a sad event.
Soviet Jews were left to fend for
win
for
the
Jews
of
the
Soviet
themselves during the Nazi on-
ment.
Union at least an equality of
slaught against Russia in June
A similar case, of Washington
treatment within the limitations
1941.
which have been imposed on all area students who demonstrated at
Groyer also sought to refute
the
embassy last December, has
INCORPORATED
the Russian people by their
Dr. Decter's assertion that Soviet
finished testimony. The judge in
Jews today are limited in their rulers."
that case, who has never had a
In Jerusalem, a Public Council case overturned by a higher court,
choice of profession and are de-
prived of cultural expressions for Soviet Jewry has been estab- is reserving his decision "under
such as a Jewish theater and lished with Hebrew University Pre- advisement." Court observers spec-
ident Avraham Harman as its
Jewish books.
chairman and five Knesset mem- ulate that he is waiting for the
rtistry
The main point the Novosti
its presidium. The group U.S. Court of Appeals to decide on
on purpose was to "fight for the constitutionality of the law un-
writer sought to prove was that bers
said its
in FillierJeweL
h h all the students were
anti-Semitism was more preval-
the rights of Russian Jews to emi- der which
ent in the United States than
'arrest
arrested.
grate
to
Israel
and
live
Jewish
1
in the Soviet Union and that
1
lives."
American Jews were no better
In Washington teen-age students
NO INCREASE IN MICE!
off culturally. If not worse off,
gathered
outside
the
Soviet
Em-
20010•JamesCoczensDrive
than Soviet Jews.
bassy
in
a
"fast
for
freedom"
to
Detroit 35, Michigan
"Dr. Decter mentions the ab-
protest
discrimination
against
Jews
sence of Jewish "Educational in-
Co‘stpate auf,Avaea...
Photographers
stitutions in the USSR," Groyer in Russia and the refusal of the '
wrote. "May I ask him what per- Soviet government to allow Jews
342-5666
352-8930
to
emigrate
to
Israel.
More
than
centage of Jewish boys and girls
get Jewish education in the USA 200 youths signed up for the dem-
and what aim, apart from Zionist onstration.Each teen-ager fasts
one day in front of the embassy,
and Jewish nationalist indoctrina-
in a solitary vigil to express soli-
tion it pursues?"
darity with Jewish youth in Rus-
The writer also spoke of "a sia.
whole collection of anti-Semitic
The focus of the "fast for free-
STILL THE WORLD'S LARGEST
literature" available at a Wash-
ington D.C. bookstore and the fact. dom" vigil is on Boris Kochubi-
yevsky, the young Soviet Jewish
that "There are many hotels in
engineer who was sentenced to a
A second Soviet Jew left at US cities where Jews cannot three-year prison term last May for
stay." He noted that more than
the same time, but young Mischa
protesting Soviet anti-Semitism and
300 books by Jewish authors have
Buslyev, of Riga, Latvia, was un-
for asking for permission to emi-
"REMEMBER"
known to the Jevis gathered at been published in the Soviet Union grate to Israel with his wife and
in the last ten years, including child.
the airport. They said he appar-
WE SELL THE MOST
six
volumes
of
Sholem
Aleichem
ently had not been active among
Declaring it was "contrary to
in Russian and asked, "How many
Soviet Jewish groups protest-
the purposes of the law" to jail stu-
WE GIVE THE MOST
books
by
Jewish
authors
have
ing government policy. One said
been put out in this time in the dents who demonstrated in support
"He is just a quiet Jew who
WE CARE THE MOST
United States, where the number of the Soviet Jews in front of the
wants to go to Israel."
R
of Jews is double that of the Russian
Embassy last month, a
MILT LEVIN
RED STOTSKY
District
of
Columbia
General
Ses-
The group gathered at the air- Soviet Union?"
'
Call 863-9300
Call 863-9300
sions Court judge gave 17 Phila-
port was surprised that Telesin
In his January series, Dr. Dec-
was allowed to leave, and not some ter described the NOvosti version delphia students a suspended sen-
18650 LIVERNOIS, SOUTH OF SEVEN
other Soviet Jew. As the two de- of Jewish life in Russia as "a tence Tuesday.
parted, the group called out "Shal- tired rehash of old lies, half truths
om" and "Next year in Jerusa- and distortions. Even as propa-
lem."
ganda it is pathetically incompet-
According to a correspondent ent."
from the Los Angeles Times-Wash-
In New York„ United Federa-
ington Post Service, the airport
tion of Teachers President Al-
group included several Jews who
bert Shanker, civil rights leader
said they had served prison terms
Bayard Bustin and International
for "Zionist activities" and who
Ladies Garment Workers Union
have repeatedly applied for exit • Vice President Henoch Mendel-
permits over the years but were
sund headed a list of prominent
always turned down.
speakers at an after-work labor
"Many said they were glad Tele-
conference in support of Soviet
sin was leaving, regardless of the Jewry Monday, which was spon-
reasons, that it may be the start
sored by the Jewish Labor Com-
of a mass exodus," wrote Harry
mittee.
Trim born.
Charles S. Zimmerman, presi-
Israel's Premier GoIda Meir has
dent of the Jewish Labor Commit- I
received still another letter from
a Russian-Jewish woman asking tee, said, "The conference is being
held as a response to the Soviet
Are you looking for the best
help to emigrate to Israel, it was
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come
to
an
end."
Every need of the chronically ill, the
asked Mrs. Meir to pass her letter
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George Meany, 'president of the
on to the United Nations.
skillfully
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Meanwhile, Novosti, the Soy-
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