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December 31, 1971 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-12-31

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Exit Visa Situation Reported Improved
but Harassment of- Soviet Jews Continues

Reports of a liberalized Soviet
'migration policy were coupled
this week with other reports of
harassment against those Jews
who seek to make aliya.
Jewish .sources in the Soviet
Union reported a change for the
better in the issuance of exit visas
for Jews who want to go to Israel.
They said the change became
apparent in Lwow after the man-
ager of the local Ovir (visa office)
returned from a visit to Moscow
with new instructions. Some Jews
whose visa applications were re-
jected were called to the Ovir and
issued visas without having to
make a second application, the
sources reported.

on a telephone conversation with
Mrs. Leila Kornfeld, a Jewish ac-
tivist, 10 of the Jews were arrest-
ed as they left their homes and
27 were seized at the UN center.
All the prisoners were released,
she noted, but fear reprisals.
The information from Mrs. Korn-
feld came after the Soviet au-
thorities lifted a nine-day ban on

phone calls to Moscow, according
to the SSSJ.
The student group also reported
that Viktor Maximenko, a 19-

year-old Moscow Jewish activist,
faces an army draft following his
renunciation of his Soviet citizen-
ship Nov. 15. Maximenko had ap-
plied for migration to Israel in
Recently, 30 Jewish families September.
Boris Kochubiyevsky, a 35-
were given visas and many
year-old Jewish engineer from
others were promised that their
Kiev who once said in a letter to
visas would be issued shortly.
Kremlin leaders that he would
In Sverdlovsk, which has a Jew-
go to Israel even if he had to
ish population of 14,000, a num-
walk there barefoot, arrived at
ber of Jews were invited to the
Lydda Airport Dec. 23 with an-
KGB 4-secret police) offices to
other large group of Jewish
discuss their visa applications.
The Ovir there makes no diffi: emigres from the USSR. .
culties and in some cases secures
He told newsmen at the airport
the required character references that threats and beatings were a.

Peled said that all available flats
under construction will be assign-
ed to the new immigrants. He said
there would be no interim layover
in aliya centers for the newcom-
ers as the centers are already
overcrowded.)
At the United Nations Ambassa-
dor Yosef Tekoah of Israel pre-
sented United Nations Secretary
General U Thant with 11 appeals
from Soviet Jews seeking to unite
with their families and people in
Israel.
Ambassador Tekoah expressed
appreciation for the secretary gen-
eral's efforts to vindicate the
human rights of Soviet Jewry.
A total of 158 Soviet Jews fast-
ed over the weekend in solidarity
with the Soviet Jewish prison-
ers who staged a hunger strike
last Friday on the first aimiver---
sary . of the - Leningrad show
trials: . The sympathy hunger
strike involved Jews in five
cities and two of them had al-
ready fasted 24 days.
Thirty-seven Jews were arrest-
ed Dec. 10—Human Rights,- Day—
in connection with their attempted
peaceful demonstration for emi-
ration rights at the United Na-
tions Information Center in Mos-
cow, the Student Struggle for So-
viet Jewry reported.
According to the report, based

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Maj.
Gen. Raphael Vardi, the military
governor of the West Bank, warned
that he would not tolerate political
interference or disturbances during
the municipal elections to be held
in at least 10- West Bank towns
within three months.
Israeli authorities warned earlier
that army officers would take over
the town halls in any town that
failed to nominate candidates for
the elections ,which have been or-
dered by the military government.
The warnings were issued to
counteract threats of retaliation
by the Jordanian government
against localities and officials
that cooperate in elections held
under Israeli auspices.
The threats from Amman ap-
parently have had some effect.
Leaders of Nablus, the largest
West Bank town; announced- that
they would boycott the elections
and other townships may make a
similar decision.
The Jordanian government still
pays the salaries and otherwise
subsidizes many West Bank offi-
cials. The payment could • be
stopped if they cooperate in the
elections.

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Political, Public Leaders Urge
Resolute Campaign for USSR Jews
BRUSSELS (JTA)—Representa-
lives of almost all sectors of Bel-
gian political and public life un-
animously adopted a resolution to
carry out to the very end the strug-
gle for Soviet Jews and not to
desist from it until the last Jew-
ish political prisoners are freed
in the USSR.
The mass meeting at which the
resolution was carried marked the
4, 1970 and was sentenced May 24, conclusion of "Ten Days for So-
1971. The time he spent in custody viet Jews," which was sponsored
before trial was deducted from by the Coordinating Committee of
Jewish Belgian Organintions.
his sentence.
Nine prominent Washington-
Ilya Ripps, the Latvian Jew
area religions leaders have ask-
ish student who set himself-
ed for the release of Soviet Jews
a fire April 12, 1969, in protest
convicted a year ago in Lenin-
grad for conspiring to attempt
W. Bank Official Warns to emigrate to Israel.

Against Election Boycotts

PHILADELPHIA — The private corporated into the Dropsie Uni-
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retirement in 1965. The gift of his
collection of several thousand
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Bnai Brith called on its leaders
throughout the nation to seek
resolutions from their state legis-
latures urging President Nixon to
appeal to Soviet leaders to end dis-
crimination against Jews when he
visits the Soviet Union next May.
. The President's effectiveness,
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(The upsurge in the immigration
of Jews from the USSR was re-
flected in Tel Aviv Sunday where
Er Al announced that it would
divert one of its new 747 jumbo
jets from commercial service to
carry immigrants from Vienna.
A 747 is expected this week with
some 300 Soviet Jewish emigres,
the largest number to arrive in a
single plane.
(Absorption Minister Natan

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Despite the apparent easing of
visa policies, Jews seeking emi-
gration claimed that anti-Semi-
tism has increased noticeably in
Leningrad where Jewish doc-
tors in hospitals have become a
target of hostility from their non-
Jewish colleagues. As a result,
many Jews are delaying visa
applications in order not to lose
their jobs.

daily occurrance at the labor camp
where he said he was incarcerated
with hardened criminals although
his alleged offense was political.
He said the camp authorities en-
couraged the mistreatment of Jew-
ish prisoners by their fellow in-
mates.
Kochubiyevsky was the first
Russian Jew to publicly demand
civil and emigration rights for his
fellow Jews. His outspokenness
got him a three-year prison sen-
tence for allegedly slandering the
Soviet Union.
He was arrested. in December,
1968, tried and sentenced on May
16, 1969 and was released from
a forced labor camp Dec. 5. Kochui
biyevsky left his wife and daugh-
ter behind.
Boris Maftsier, a 24-year-old
Jewish activist from Riga who
completed a one-year jail sentence
for alleged anti-Soviet activities
last August arrived in Israel with
his wife, Genia.
Maftsier was arrested -on Aug.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

11 EFF ICI ENC Y

from the applicants' places of em-
ployment, the sources said.
They reported, however, a visible
struggle in Sverdlovsk between
Russian intellectuals who argue
that Jews should be permitted to
go to Israel at will and the bureau-
crats who are opposed to free emi-
gration.
Jewish sources also reported that
there is a campaign afoot to abol-
ish character references as a re-
quirement for a visa because they
are meaningless and often are a
source of great trouble for the
applicants.

against rejection of his emigra-
tion application, has received a
visa for himself and his family
and is expected in Israel with
them soon.
Ripps was hospitalized for sev-
eral months for treatment of his
burns and was later sent to a men-
tal asylum. He was released a few
months ago, studied Hebrew at
home and asked again for a visa.
He is now around 23. •
Sylva Zalmanson Kuznetsov, who
was sentenced to 10 years at hard
labor last December has refused
an offer by Soviet authorities to
reduce her sentence by 45/2 years
if she would recant her recent
charge that she was not getting
adequate medical care in prison.
The offer and her refusal were
reported by her brother, E. Zal-
mazison, who was interviewed in
Vienna by a- Dutch radio corres-
pondent. Mrs. Kuznetsov also re-
portedly was asked' to be a spy
for the authorities.
Immigrants arriving from the
Soviet Union via Vienna reported
that a Georgian Jewish - couple
were taken off the train at the So-
viet-Polish border by Soviet au-
thorities and have not been heard
from since the incident occurred

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