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July 31, 1970 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-07-31

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Youth End Vigil at Soviet Show;
Plight of Soviet Jews Heard

USSR Jews Continue Pressure for Exit Visas

(Continued from Page 1)
earlier emigration appeals. The
congressman said he would per-
sonally present the petitions to
Mrs. Rita Hauser, U. S. c'elegate
to the Commission of Human
Rights, with a request that she ap-
peal to the Soviet representative
for a "relaxation of the barriers
against emigration to Israel." He
charged that the "Soviet Union's
systematic policy of cultural geno-
cide leveled at Soviet Jews had
aroused virtually no active concern
on the part of the Nixon adminis-
tration."
The fist petition, dated May,
said the nine families (24 persons)
are "firm in our intention to go to
the historical homeland of the Jew-
ish people, Israel, where our rela-
tives live. All our actions are in
strict accordance with Soviet laws.
We stress once more that none of
(us) is connected with any State
secrets of the USSR and that con-

sequently there are no objective
reasons for detaining us. We want
only one thing—to make use of the
natural right of every free person
—to live wherever he wants. We
have been trying to achieve this
for many years. Our moral suffer-
ing is great. We beg you—do not
remain deaf to our petition." The
second petition, dated June 28,
warned that a "trial is being pre-
pared against persons who wanted
only one thing: to go to Israel.
They applied for permits to emi-
grate. They were refused. They
complained to all the higher So-
viet instances. They wrote to the
UN Committee for the Rights of
Man and now they have been ar-
rested." The petition continued,

"We don't know in what manner
the organs of the KSB (secret po-
lice )will attempt to charge those
arrested of any crime (in such
things their predecessors had a
rich experience) but we know this:
the main reason for the start of the
legal proceedings against them is
the firm desire of those arrested to
go to the historical homeland of
the Jewish people in Israel."

SAN ANTONIO (JTA)—A three- solidarity from Soviet Jews were
week vigil by Jewish youth at a received by Kibbutz Baram, lo-
Soviet photographic exhibit here, cated near the village of Avivim,
in protest against Russian mis- where a school bus was attacked
treatment of Jews, will end when by Arab guerrillas two months ago.
the exhibit leaves for its last stop
Two letters came from Grisha
at New Orleans, a spokesmn for Feigin of Riga.
the youth said.
Both letters end with the quote
Mike Duchin, president of the "hope that the happy day will
San Antonio chapter of the Reform come when we can join you as one
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Federation of Temple Youth, one family and build our beautiful
Friday, July 31, 1970-5
of the project co-chairmen, said homeland."
the effort was decided on July 6
The third letter came from David
at a meeting attended by leaders Ish Tov (Giterman) in Lavender
of the local Masada, youth affiliate near Kishinev, who wrote, "may
of the Zionist Organization of the Almighty avenge the blood of
America; the Reform Youth Fed- the children and give the criminals
eration; and the United Synagogue their due.'
Youth, the Conservative youth
The situation of Soviet Jewry to-
IA TOE TUNS Tit
agency.
day is similar to that of Iraqi
Representatives of other local Jewry 20 years ago, and hopefully
groups and unaffiliated individuals Soviet Jews will be relocated in
MAN DOWN TOO WON'T
Israel as Iraqi Jews were then.
NM A MBA WON MAN
also attended.
The participants approved a con- Police Minister Shlomo Hillel said.
He
spoke
at
a
festive
ceremony
tinuing program of distributing
leaflets in front of the "U.S.S.R. marking the 20th anniversary of St. Louis Fed. Sponsors
Photo 70" exhibit, which is a sec- Iraqi Jewry's re-settlement in Is- Housing for. Aged
Mho Wineries.. Detroit. Mich.
tion of the United States-Union of rael in the "Ezra and Nehemia"
ST. LOUIS (JTA) — Construction
Soviet Socialist Republic Cultural operation which brought 120,000
Jews from Iraq to Israel within has been started in University City
Exchange program.
the space of a few months. After on a 14-story, low-cost apartment
Assignments were made at a sec- the mass exodus of 1950, some building for older adults sponsored
ond meeting on July 12 to cover 10,000 Jews remained in Iraq.
by the St. Louis Jewish Commu-
every session of the exhibit.
Now there are only 3,000, many nity Centers Association and the
Protesters took up positions on of them in prison. A few recent St. Louis Jewish Federation. The
Formerly at 7 Mile - Schaefer
the opening day at the Hemis- escapees have told of tortures used project was made possible by a
phere Convention Center, site of by the Iraqi police when investi- $3 million loan insured by the
the program, and have been pres- gating Jewish prisoners. Minister Federal Housing Administration.
Now at Lincoln Shopping Center
ent since throughout each period Hillel was a leader of that exodus. Scheduled for completion by Jan-
10 1/2 Greenfield
of the day when the exhibit has
The gathering yesterday was uary, 1972, the completely air-
been open, Duchin said.
also addressed by Aryeh L. Pin- conditioned building will contain
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The youths have pursued mem- cus, chairman of the Jewish 130 efficiency units and 65 one-
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Only
the
force
of
world
opinion
tion whenever and wherever they
Rentals, averaging $85 and $106
have appeared in public, the co- can prevent further escalation of monthly, will cover cooking ranges,
chairman reported. Two of the So- the Soviet Union's "already severe refrigerators, carpeting, drapes,
542-7450
viet members were confronted crackdown on its Jewish citizens," all utilities and a wide variety of
with a barrage of questions on the Dr. William A. Wexler, president of special accommodations to serve
plight of Russian Jewry when they Bnai Brith said here at a meeting the needs of the elderly residents.
appeared on a radio interview pro- of the organization's administrative The project is being built and will
committee.
gram.
be operated by the Parkview Hous-
He said "profound concern" had ing Corp., a non-profit agency
Mr. & Mrs. Borenstein Jr. (AVROM) have just
Leaflets also were distributed at
a panel on Soviet life held at been created by the coordination of formed under auspices of the.
returned from Israel on a buying trip.
recent
raids
on
50
Jewish
homes
JCCA.
William
S.
Seltzer
is
presi-
Trinity University.
in several Soviet cities after a pur-
The co-chairman complained that ported hijack attempt of a plane dent of the corporation and Irvin
Larner
is
vice-president,
according
none of the protesters were called at Leningrad airport, a news black-
on during the question-and-answer out following the arrest of 18 Jews to William Kahn, JCCA executive
session which followed the panel in that incident and the vilifica- vice-president.
That everyone loves to buy in Israel are now at Boren-
discussion.
tion of Israel by Russian Jews, un-
steins at a Special Price.
The demonstrators passed out der government pressure, in lan-
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hibition site to both local visitors propaganda mill."
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Adult—$2.25
the U. S. and from overseas coun- political prosecution of the innocent
tries, he reported.
and "work to secure justice for
Many more buys at the bargain table
The young Jews obtained financ- persons jailed under questionable
ing for their materials from the circumstances" in Russia, Dr.
San Antonio ZOA chapter and par- Wexler said.
ticularly from the Jewish Social
Service Federation, which placed United Foundation Services
half-page advertisements in the
United Foundation agencies
three San Antonio daily news- stretch contributor dollars by
papers on the plight of Russian charging fees for services on the
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