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TEL AVIV (JTA)—The immigra-
tion of Jews from the Soviet Union
has increased to such an extent
that it is putting a severe strain
on Israel's housing resources, ab-
sorption ministry circles said this
Louis Pincus, chairman of the
Jewish Agency, told a Labor
Party meeting that 2,000 Soviet
Jewish emigres have arrived so
far this month.
He estimated that the total
Jewish immigration from the
Soviet Union this year would be
about 12,000. Absorption min-
istry officials said that if the
present rate of influx continues
it may be necessary to tempo :
racily house two childless fami-
lies in a single three room flat.
They said that arrangement
would continue until smaller flats
are made available for couples
About one-third of the emigres
come from the Soviet Georgian
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Republic, but the focal point of
emigration will soon shift further
eastward, according to Gen. Uzzi
Narkiss, director of the Jewish
Agency's immigration department.
Narkiss said that Jews from
Bokhara in central Asia may be
the next group allowed to leave
Russia in large numbers. His re-
marks confirmed a report from
Moscow published here last week
by the Soviet journalist Victor
Louis that B'okharan Jews would
follow the Georgians.
Like the Georgian and other
Soviet Jews, the Bokharan Jews
are townsmen not used to agricul-
tural work. Large numbers of
them settled in Palestine in the
early 1920s, centering in Tel Aviv
and Jerusalem. The latter city has
a Bokharan quarter adjacent to
the Mea Shearim quarter. The
Bokharans who settled here 50
years ago were strictly Orthodox.
Narkiss said that to meet the
influx of new immigrants, 10,000
homes should be built in Beer-
sheba, the Negev capital, where
there is no shortage of jobs.
According to reports from Jew-
ish sources in the Soviet Union,
Jewish prisoners in the USSR will
stage a one-day hunger strike to-
day, the anniversary of the sen-
tences banded down in the first
Leningrad hijack trial.
The prisoners have asked Jews
in Israel to observe a hunger
strike on the same date.
Dr. Benjamin Halevy, a Knesset-
member of the Gahal faction, has
asked the government to grant
automatic citizenship to all Jewish
political prisoners in the USSR on
the anniversary date. There are
about 40 Jews presently in Soviet
jails and labor camps.
Katya Palatnik, the younger sis-
ter of Raiza Palatnik, who is
serving a three-year sentence in
a forced labor camp for alleged
anti-Soviet activities, has been
granted an exit visa to go to Israel,
it was reported in London.
The information came from the
"Committee of 35," an activist
group, which appealed to the
Soviet Embassy for Raiza Palat-
nik's release on humanitarian
Her sister was granted a visa
after a five-day hunger strike in
Moscow, a spokesman for the com-
mittee told the JTA.
In Lima, Peru, 75 leading Latin
American intellectuals adopted
unanimously a resolution denounc-
ing the Soviet Union's discrimina-
tory policies against its Jewish
citizens. The Conference of Intel-
lectuals on the Jewish Minority in
the USSR, meeting here earlier
this month, also called upon the
Soviet Union to permit Jews to
emigrate to Israel or any other
country of their choice. Among
those attending were five former
cabinet ministers of various coun-
tries and intellectuals from 17
Latin American nations including
35 from Peru.
<The American Jewish Confer-
ence on Soviet Jewry has begun
the publication of a regular news-
letter devoted to the subject of
Soviet Jewry. The newsletter, writ-
ten by Carol Richman Saivetz, is
being sent to the entire Conference
membership and to community
leaders, as well as to academic
(The newsletter is being distrib-
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• bulk copies being shipped at cost
• to Jewish organizations, schools,
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to Reach Israel by Year's End; Housing
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