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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-07-17

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Soviet Jews Raising Cry for Exodus

LONDON (JTA) — One hundred
twelve more Soviet Jews have is-
sued appeals' for permission to
emigrate to Israel. according to
reports received here.
In Moscow, three petitions were
signed by, respectively, 45 and 10
Moscow Jews and 30 Latvian Jews,
and sent to the Supreme Soviet.
In Riga, Latvia, late last month.
it has been disclosed, 28 Jews
urged foreign scientists at a chem.
ical convention to "raise your
voice in the defense of our rights
and render us assistance in our
age-long dream to unite with our
relations in Israel."
The letter from the 10 Musco-
vites—who included Boris Zu-
kerman, physicist; Joseif Kerler,
Yiddish poet, and Klara Vino.
kurova, widow of Yiddish writer
Leon Lermon—contended that if
their plea was not acceptable to
the Kremlin, they should under
the law be arrested for sedi-
tion.
The 28 physicians. architects
and engineers who made the Riga
plea included Mrs. Silva Zalman-
sen. one of the first group of eight
Soviet Jews arrested in mid-June
on charges of attempting to hijack
a Soviet plane in Leningrad.
The London Telegraph said
Wednesday that a group of Mus-
covite Jews have proposed that
the Supreme Soviet pass a tau.:
uoaranteeine repatriation of Soviet
Jews to Israel.
-. ==ion Jew
A letter from
answerinu, Soviet Jewish Tri7Tirral
at-
David Drairunskv. who had
tacked Soviet Jews wishing to
emicrate to Israel, was read in
.Terusalem Monday night at the
founding assembly of the Public
Co"ncil for Soviet Jewry .
The letter, signed by V. Polsky
of Moscow. was brought to the

assernhlv by Lord Barnett Janner.
It read in part: "Donit you under-
stand that the hatred against the

Jews of Israel which you foment
is going to turn boomerang a uainst
the Jews of the Soviet Union
You are flinging this anti-Jewish

weapon with your own hands. and

it is in vain that you hone it won't
touch vou. It would have been

better for you to use your experi-
ence and your prestige as a promi-
nent military commander to help
the hard-hearted enemies of Is-
rael understand that it is impos-
sible to defeat it. To achieve such
a victory it would be necessary to
annihilate all of Israel's 2.500.000
Jews."
The letter was signed "disre-
spectfully yours. V. Polsky. can-
didate of technical sciences."
Minister Without Portfolio Is-
rael Galili said the Israeli gov-
ernment was convinced that
world public opinion should act
as a spotlight on the plight of
Soviet Jews.

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"We are not only fighting an
electronic war with the Soviet
Union, but a really important
one for the rights of our fellow
Jews."
The meeting was chaired by-
Abraham Harman. president of the
Hebrew University and a former
ambassador to the United States.
Foreign guests included Rabbi
Herschel Schacter of the U.S. and
Abraham Marks of London.

Moiseyev Dance Troupe
Faces Protests in U.S.

When the Russian Moiseyev
Dance Company comes here to the
Masonic Temple in September
there will be pickets pleading:

"Otpusti Narod Moy!" — "Let
My People Go!"
It will be the plea to the Russian
government through the cultural
emissaries to permit Russian Jews
to go to Israel or to leave for any
other land as an escape from per-
secution.
And as an expression of protest
against the Russian government.
the pickets will urge a boycott of
the company that is to visit here.
The first in a series of such
boycott demonstrations took place
last week at the Metropolitan
Opera House in New York. The
picketing was arranged by Jewish
students.

The Student 'Struggle for So-
viet Jewry staged a "counter-
show" to the opening perform-
ance of the Moiseyev. The more
than 100 students put on their
own entertainment program in
the Lincoln Center plaza, invit-
ing the Russians to "Come down
and learn Jewish dances."

indicate there seems to be an ele-
ment within our community which
seems intent on disrupting the
Moiseyev's performances in the
name of the Soviet Jews. We will
not be a party to such criminal
actions." He did not identify the
"element."

Yaroslaysky's organization re-
leased the text of a June 9 letter
Many spectators joined in the
spirit of the demonstration. There
sent by both the CSSJ and the
SSSJ to Soviet Premier Aleksei
was no fighting.
N. Kosygin. asking emigration
Glen Richter, SSSJ coordinator.
rights for four Jewish political
said his group had no specific
prisoners—Mr. and Mrs. Boris
. protests against the Moiseyev,
Kochubiyevsky
of Kiev and
which he said has Jewish mem-
Mr. and Mrs. Josef Kazakov of
bers, but was considering it as
Moscow.
symbolic of the USSR. He said
similar demonstrations would be
Kochubiyevsky was arrested in
staged by SSSJ in all 26 cities of December 1968, and sentenced to
the Moiseyev tour.
three years at hard labor for
In Los Angeles, Si Frumkin, "slandering" the Soviet state (he
chairman of the Southern Council had condemned its emigration
for Soviet Jews, said, "We have policies). The Kazakovs are the
tried every peaceful means think- parents of Yasha Kazakov. now
able with the Soviets. We have in Israel. who staged an eieht-day
held private meetings and held huneer strike near United Nations
mass peaceful rallies to no avail. headauarters two months ago to
We will be demonstrating at the publicize his family's plight.
opening nieht performance (Aug
7) of the Moiseyev not only out-
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
side the Shrine Auditorium but
17, 1970
within the confines of the Shrine." 12—Friday,
But Zev Yaroslaysky, chairman - -
of the California Students for So-
viet Jews. said: "Floods of tele-
phone calls from indignant seg-
ments of the Jewish community

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Soviet Efforts rail to Stop
Israeli Delegation to Parley

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Deceit.
delay and trickery by Soviet
authorities in connection with the
participation of a five-man Israeli
delegation in the International
Congress of Twin Cities in Lenin-
grad were reported Tuesday at
Lydda Airport by Oved Ben.Ami,
mayor of Nathanya and head of
the delegation.
"After receiving our Soviet

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all success, as it had served as a
counter-balance to harangues by
the Arab delegates.
Earlier, a delegate reported
that some of them were stripped
naked by Soviet authorities, who
searched their persons and their .
baggage beforC they were per-
mitted to leave the Soviet Union.
Eliahu Speiser of Tel Aviv re-
ported the worst indignity was suf-
fered at Leningrad Airport. "Some
of us were stripped naked." Speiser
said. "They searched our attache
cases and the bottoms of our suit-
cases. They seemed to he looking ]
for books and other written mater-
ial. For a while we thought their ]
intention was to prevent our depar-
ture from Russia altogether. It was
only after an hour's search that
they stamped our passports and let
us go. - he said.
According to Speiser's report, the
only redeeming aspect of their trip
to Russia was the mayors attend- ]
ance at Saturday morning services
at the Leningrad Synagogue where
their presence caused "great ex-
citement."

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July 9, 1970
saw that it was nearly empty."
Dear Mom and Dad,
• •

The presidium of the confer-


We've talked about working within the system

ence refused to open the sessions

for
change—today
I
met
a
man
who
is
showing
me

without the presence of the Is


it can be done.

raelis.
:

The Soviet Embassy in Paris,
He's Howard Wittenberg, an attorney who


normally closed Wednesdays, was
came
to
speak
to
our
class.
Mr.
Wittenberg
didn't


opened on orders from Moscow ]


agree
with
some
of
our
arguments,
but
what
im-
s

for the dispensing of the visas.
pressed all of us about him was that he cares. He

Arab
Propaganda
Tied
The Israeli delegation attended
:

cares about what's happening to the air and water,

the conference last week on an to Anti-Semitism Rise

and
he
warned
that
if
mankind
cannot
unite
for

official invitation. They were the

THE HAGUE (JTA)—The dan- •
once
in
a
comon
fight
for
survival—there
will
be

first non-Communist Israelis in gerous evolution of Neo-Nazism :

no mankind.

the USSR officially since the six- I and anti-Semitism throughout the

He says, without the usual hesitation, that
Day War.
world was the main topic of dis- ' 2


In Leningrad, Ben-Ami said, cussion at the meeting of the Inter-
Viet Nam was a mistake. He says our plans for

"The news of the presence of an national Committee of Experts of •
Asia seem to have replaced our plans for our own


Israeli delegation spread rapidly the International Resistance and •
country—our plans for war against poverty, Miter-

among the local Jews. wherever Deportees Association.

acy, and illness.


we went, we were spotted and
General delegate Hubert Halin

But
most
of
all,
we
had
the
feeling
he
wasn't
welcomed by Jews. Some even said the growth in anti-Semitism •


dismissing us as romantics, adolescents, or worse.
came to our hotel rooms to talk was due in part to Arab propa- :

He said our criticism was the life breath of a vital
with us. For us, this was an ex- ganda throughout left and "so-

:

citing meeting with brothers — called" progressive circles and •
democracy.

like the meeting of Joseph with among certain Christian circles, •

So I'm passing out literature for Mr. Witten:


his brothers in ancient Egypt."
and in part to the persecution of •

berg,
who
is
running
for
State
Representative.
He

The delegation leader added Jews by the Soviet Union and Po- •
spends
all
his
time,
when
he's
not
practicing
law,


that he was "still shaking with land.


going door to door meeting the people of the 69th


emotion" over young Soviet Jews
He said there was collusion be-


district.
Already
he's
visited
over
5,000
homes
and
telling him in Leningrad that "they tween ex-Nazis and certain Arabs •

hopes, before the primary on August 4th, to meet

would even walk to Israel on foot whose common goal was the de- •

every family. That's the kind of concern I meant,
if they could find the slightest struction of Israel.



:
and
that's
why
I'm
working
for
him—within
the
crack in the wall that surrounds
Halin requested the Belgium gov-

system.
them."

ernment to move to extradite Van •


Doren, a war criminal who was •
Another Jew there, he said,
Love,


condemned to death in absentia by
came to his hotel room "at the

Michael

a Belgium court and fled to Aus- •
risk of his life" because "he


tria.
felt he had to pour out the bit-
P.S. Have you met Howard Wittenberg yet, what

His presence in Austria was dis- 2
terness within his heart before

do you think of him?

covered •y the Experts of the In- •
a visitor from Israel."

Paid Pol. Adv.
Ben-Ami concluded that his ternational Resistance and De- •

delegation's presence in Lenin- portees Association.

893-9898



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