6 Israelis Received Warmly in Moscow
The council, which represents been on a hunger strike at the
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other Soviet cities. The Soviet 40,000,000 Methodists in 87 coun- Office of Registration and Visas
(OVIR) in the Latvian capital.
Peace Committee, which extended tries. also protested "the suppres-
the invitation, is a government- sion of Jewish cultural and reli-
According to Richard Maass,
sponsored unit. The Israeli visitors gious traditions (in the USSR) and chairman of the conference, early
are members of the Committee for restrictions on the proper rights reports indicated that "Yerahmiel
Improving Relations with the So- of Jews to emigrate to other Trubeskin (Triskin) and Munia
Yechielson had launched a hunger
viet Union but none has an offi- lands."
cial position in Israel. Two are af-
(In New York Rabbi Marc H. strike in order to dramatize to the
filiated with the Communist-sport- Tanenbaum, interreligious affairs world the refusal of Soviet authori-
sored Israeli League for Friend- director of the American Jewish ties to grant their requests to leave
ship with the Soviet Union. Tass. Committee, welcomed the "unpre- for Israel." The conference report-
the Soviet news agency, described cedented" resolution "with appre- ed that the txo were arrested .
the group as "progressive public ciation."Rabbi A. James Rudin, shortly after a demonstration was
figures" seeking "to become ac- assistant to Rabbi Tanenbaum, rep- launched Aug. 22. Tog-ether with a
quainted with the life of the Soviet resented the AJCommittee at the third associate, Menuha Tesel,
convention as an official observer.) they were sentenced last Monday
One of the delegates, Nathan There were no Soviet delegates to fifteen days in prison for "hooli-
Yalin-Mor, former Stern Gang to the Methodists' convention s as ganism."
leader and a former Knesset me-m- I the World Council has no opera-
ber, was quoted as saying on his tions in the USSR. There were,
arrival in Moscow that the group however, two Russian observers.
IF YOU TURN THE
hoped to talk to Soviet Jews, "lis- Last Wednesday the Council
ten to them (and) learn first hand president. Dr. Charles C. Parlin,
UPSIDE DOWN YOU WON'T
of their experience here." He add- declared that "anti-Semitism and
FIND A FINER WINE THAN
ed: "We are certainly going to violence have no place in the Chris-
talk with our hosts and perhaps tian program."
some other people about the poli-
The American Jewish Confer-
tical situation in the Middle East.
ence on Soviet Jewry has learn
I think there is a basis for under-
Milan Wineries, Detroit, Mich.
ed of the arrest of three Riga
standing, even on that."
The Israeli said his group "shall Jews, at least two of whom had
certainly interest ourselves'' in the
question of Soviet Jewish emigra-
tion. Other members of the dele-
gation are James Jacob Rosenthal,
parliamentary correspondent emer-
itus of the newspaper Haaretz;
Yaacov Riftin, a former Mapam
MK; and Ruth Luvitch and Moshe
Edelberg, members of the Israel
Peace Committee and the Israeli
League for Friendship with the So-
It was reported Jews from
Sverdlovsk sent a cable Fri-
day to the Soviet Committee for
Peace in Moscow asking that they
be allowed to discuss with six
Israelis now in Russia the case of
Valeriy Kukui, the 33-year-old en-
gineer sentenced in June to three
years imprisonment for alleged
anti-Soviet activities, informed
Jewish sources reported here to-
* * *
Methodists Protest Bias,
Particularly in USSR
DENVER (JTA) — The World
Methodist Council at its convention
here approved a resolution ex-
pressing its "abhorrences of every
kind of racial and religious dis-
crimination," and "in particular
. . the resurgence of anti-Semi-
tism within the Soviet Union."
ead ,O,e rd,
UJA Mission Advised
of Growing Poverty Gap
TEL AVIV (JTA) — Louis A.
Pincus, chairman of the Jewish
Agency, told a visiting United
Jewish Appeal mission Wednes-
day that world Jewry must help
Israel solve its urgent social prob-
lems, mainly the poverty gap.
Addressing 250 donors from the
United States, Pincus warned that
Israel's security would be en-
dangered by the creation of a
stratified society of wealth and
poverty. It would be like having
two nations, he said. He noted
that 300,000 Israelis still live in
substandard housing. a situation
that has far-reaching repercus-
Finance Minister Pinhas Sapir
told the group that Israelis "first
of all make demands of ourselves."
He said Israelis paid $1,400,000,000
in taxes in 1968 and 1969, and
double that amount will be col-
lected this year.
Replying to questions, Sapir
noted that since statehood, Israel
has increased its exports more
than 60-fold from $28,000,000 to
$1,750,000,000, while the Jewish
population has increased only 3 1/2
times. He said that within 10-12
years, Israel's population would
double. Sapir said he was en-
couraged by the increased immi-
gration from the United States,
which now amounts to about 10,000
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