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October 09, 1970 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-10-09

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Senators Accuse Soviet Union of Discriminatory Policies

publican senators accused the So-
viet Union Monday of following
policies of calculated discrimina-
tion against its Jewish citizens.
Sen. Jacob K. Javits of New
York said in a speech on the Sen-
ate floor that "The effects of pro-
secution and persecution are notice-
able, especially in cases of appli-
cations by Jews seeking emigra-
tion to Israel."
He said that in the Soviet Union
"Jewish spiritual and cultural life
is cruelly repressed."
Sen. Clifford P. Case of New
Jersey said in a statement issued
later that he shared Javits' "deep
concern' He said, "Through pub-
lic appearances and resolutions,
my colleagues and I have tried to
put some measure of pressure on
_ the Soviets to change their policies.
Unfortunately, little result has been

H o w e v e r, the New Jersey
senator added, "We must con-
tinue our efforts, for it seems
that the Soviets will only alter
their behavior when the onus
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changing too great for the So-
viets to bear."
Sen. Javits called on the Krem-
lin to answer specific charges of
anti-Semitism. He mentioned the
anti-Semitic incitement contained
in the writings of Trofim Kitchko
and others in violation of the So-
viet Union's own avowed prohibi-
tion of anti-Semitism; the imprison.
ment of Jews who have applied
for emigration to Israel and the
ban on schools in Hebrew and Yid-
dish where Russian Jews can teach
their children the religion, culture
and history of the Jewish people.
In what is believed to be the
first letter sent directly to an
American Jewish organization by
Soviet Jews, seven Muscovite Jews
have written to the American
Jewish Congress to proffer their
"New Year's greetings to all of
our brethren and friends in the
U.S.A. and in the entire world."
The seven signers, describing
themselves as "a group of Jews
demanding the right of emigrating
to Israel and being detained by
force on the territory of the USSR
by the Soviet authorities," assert-
ed that "We are proud of the re-
markable ability of our people to
survive no matter what the cir-
cumstances and to retain our spiri-
tual treasures."
Despite "all the trials and tribu-
lations," they continued, Jews
"have remained one people tied
by a common destiny."

Their Rosh Hashana message
concluded: "Let the New Year be
a year of peace and prosperity
for the Jewish people in the en-
tire world: We are approaching
the New Year with the conflict-

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ence that, in spite of the attempts
to deprive us of our Jewishness
and forcing us to live in, for us,
an alien country, we will attain
our rights to live in, for us, the
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The letter, two copies of which
were received separately by AJ-
Congress Executive Director Will
Maslow, was signed by Anatoly
Dekatov, Grigory Tartakowski,
Michail Chersonski, Lev Sheinkar
and Michail Yakobson. All gave
their addresses.
Maslow said that, "This call
from Russian Jewry is further
demonstration of their indomitable
will to remain a vital part of the
Jewish people despite , repression
and threats of imprisonment."
Five national officers of the
American Jewish Congress picket-
ed for an hour Monday across the
street from the Soviet Mission to
the United Nations to demon-
strate "solidarity" with Soviet
The protesters, who fasted for
the day, convened on the steps of
the Park East Synagogue, bearing
placards demanding equity for So-
viet Jews. They read excerpts from
the letters and petitions sent to
the United Nations and heads of
state by more than 200 Soviet Jews
seeking the right to emigrate to

A "Day of Solidarity With So-
viet Jews," organized by the

French Jewish population, was
observed last week throughout

Special prayers were conducted
in Catholic and Protestant churches
for the welfare and well being of
Soviet JewrY. Demonstrations were
held in Paris and other major
Eighty Jewish and non-Jewish
intellectuals met here and adopted
resolutions calling for the right of
emigration for Soviet Jews, for
equal social, cultural and religious
rights for Soviet Jews, and for the
release of Jews being held in So-
viet jails.
In Paris, the "Solidarity Com-
mittee" distributed leaflets in the
center of the city calling for the
release of imprisoned Jews.
In Lyons, a caravan of 80 cars
covered with leaflets proceded
through the center of the city.
Demonstrations were held in other
major cities and Jewish communi-
ties in those cities also sent pro-
test telegrams to the Soviet Em-
bassy in Paris and to U Thant,
secretary general of the United


In Philadelphia, the Moiseyev
Dancers were invited to participate
in.a memorial , service for the Jew-
ish victims of the 1941 Babi Yar
massacre. Representatives of the
Jewish community, under the spon-
sorship of the Jewish Community
Relations Council of Greater Phila-
delphia, met for a half hour with
a spokesman of the dance troupe at
the Academyeof Music shortly be-
fore the evening performance to
extend the 'Invitation.

The spokesman was also asked
to transmit to Soviet authorities
a. petition permitting the Phila-
delphia Jewish community to
erect a memorial at Bahl Yar
in memory of the Jewish martyrs
to Nazi terrorism.

gress, brochures welcoming the
Moiseyev Dancers, but deploring
the denials suffered by Soviet Jews,
were distributed in front of the

Members of the Jewish com-
munity participating in The meet-
ing and protest marched to the
center of the city where they lit
memorial candles in memory of
the 100,000 Jews massacred by the
Nazis. The activities were part of
"Soviet Jewry Month" proclaimed
by Mayor James H. J. Tate on
Sept. 18, "to show concern for the
plight of Russia's 3 million Jews."
In Baltimore, some 80 to 100
Jewish college students delayed the
opening of the second half of the
Moiseyev Dance Company pro-
gram at the Lyric Theater for ap-
proximately 15 minutes when, as
the curtain went up, six students
stood in the balcony and sounded
Then another 80 to 100 persons
stood up and sang Hatikva, the
Israeli national anthem to the ap-
plause of many in the audience of
The students, members of the
Baltimore - Washington Committee
to Smash Soviet Repression, were
from the University of Maryland,
American University, Johns Hop-
kins, Goucher C., Loyola of Balti-
more and the Talmudical Academy
of Baltimore. Outside the theater,
the committee distributed leaflets
which showed anti-Semitic cartoons
published in the Soviet Union and
told of Soviet repression of its
Jewish citizens.


Friday, October 9, 1970-15

Council Readies
for Conference
on Russian Jewry

The Jewish Community Council
is accepting reservations from in-
dividuals and organizations—both
adults and teen-agers—for its Con-
ference on Soviet Jewry, to take
place 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 25 at the
Jewish Center.
Dr. Zvi Gitelman, professor of
political science at the University
of Michigan, a nationally known
authority on Soviet affair"; will be
guest speaker.
The conference is designed to
bring participants up to date on
the current situation in the So-

viet Union and to encourage and
promote a greater organizational
response to the situation.

Resource materials, programa-
tic suggestions and other aids will
be distributed to assist organiza-
tions in developing an ongoing,
year-round program on the issue
of Soviet Jewry.
The nominal registration fee will
include continental breakfast. For
information, call the Council, 962-


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making It possible to do, coolly,
continuously, and with a good con-
science, things which otherwise
one could do only in the, beat of
passion, spasmodically, and under
the threat of subsequent remorse..

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