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June 01, 1973 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-06-01

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NEW YORK (JTA) — A tion iat the Americana Hotel
Freedom Assembly for Soviet in New York.
The petition, introduced by
Jews will take place on the
Ellipse in Washington June Dr. Morton I. Grossman,
17 on the eve of the arrival professor of medicine and
of Soviet Communist Party physiology at UCLA, stated
Secretary Leonid I. Brezh- that unless Levich is allowed
nev, it was announced by the to continue his medical treat-
National Conference on Sov- ment, "we firmly believe
iet Jewry, general sponsor that his health will be se-
verely deteriorated and place
of the assembly.
An NCSJ spokesman said him in grave jeopardy of
that the event will repre- survival."
More than 100 Moscow
sent the concern of millions
'f Americans for Soviet Jews appealed to world Jew-
Jews, and will initiate a ish organizations to "help
week-long series of events save" Levich.
Levich, 25, was arrested
around the country.
Richard Maass, chairman and drafted May 16 and sent
of the NCSJ, said that in to Siberia with the rank of
with the Nation- private, his family reported
al J, ish Community Rela- earlier.
His father, prominent theo-
:ions Advisory Council, doz-
ens of Eastern Seaboard retical chemist Benjamin Le-
communities will be repre- vich, is the only member of
sented at the assembly. Re- the Soviet Academy of Sci-
sponsibility for coordinating ences to request permission
the assembly in Washington to emigrate to Israel.
The appeal was signed by
has been undertaken by the
Washington Jewish Commu- 105 persons.
nity Council for the NCSJ.
All universities in Israel
Other organizations involv- ceased studies for one hour
ed are the Interreligious Task May 24 and held mass as-
Force on Soviet Jewry and semblies to protest the fate
the Academic Committee on of the Leviches, to identify
with the Soviet Jewish strug-
Soviet Jewry.
A delegation is expected gle, to mourn the murdered
Kashkosh family and to pro-
Lo attend from Detroit.
Diplomatic reports in Lon- test the treatment of Jews
don said Brezhnev hinted the in Iraq and Syria. Later, all
Kremlin has agreed quietly university presidents met in
to allow 30,000 Jews a year Jerusalem to draft a declara-
to emigrate and to suspend tion of these issues.
the emigration tax indefinite-
At the Haifa Technion,
ly to smooth the way toward computer student Mira Korn-
cooperation with the United bill, daughter of prisoner Lev
Kornblit, spoke of the Lev-
Brezhnev was said to have iches whom she knows per-
hinted these "concessions" sonally. Reliable sources
in advance contacts and told the Jewish Telegraphic
preparations for his meeting Agency that Technion has
with President Nixon.
offered Benjamin Levich a
The Soviet promise of a chair in chemistry or in
suspension of the emigration chemical engineering. The
'Lax already has been report- offer was transmissed to him
ed from Washington.
some weeks ago.
The reports said that the
Addressing a mass rally
Kremlin will not and can- of students and professors
not open the gates to free at Tel Aviv University, Yuval
and unlimited emigration of Neeman, university presi-
Jews from Russia for a va- dent, appealed to all aca-
riety of reasons.
demic institutions through-
This would be an admis- out the world and to the
sion that masses of people international scientific com-
want to leave. It also would munity to exert pressure on
encourage other minorities to Soviet authorities to relax
seek similar concessions.
their anti-Jewish persecution
There are no evident signs and permit Jews to leave
that Moscow will annul the Russia.
Lax law altogether but will
instead keep it for use when-
ever required.
In Jerusalem, Deputy Pre-
mier Yigal Allon told the
Knesset that Israel demands
that the recently suspended
education tax on Jews leav-
ing the Soviet Union must be
abolished altogether.
(He said Israel would not I
be Isfied with a tempo-
rar- eezing of the measure
which could be "unfrozen at
any time the USSR wished
to do so." He said Israel was
satisfied that the tax is not
being implemented at the
(Allan said that some 100,-
000 Soviet Jews have asked
relatives to apply to Soviet
authorities for family reunion
permits on their behalf.)
A petition to Brezhnev,
urging immediate release of
Evgeny Levich, 25-year-old
astrophysicist, from a mili-
tary compound in eastern
Siberia was signed by 1,000
medical specialists from 650
states attending the annual
conference of the American
Gastroenterological Associa-

At Hebrew University,
Mikhai Zand said the kid-
naping of Jewish children in
Russia had now been re-
placed by kidnaping of in-
Meanwhile, Soviet author-
ities have apparently decided
to call off a planned show
trial that reportedly would
have involved some 100 Jews
in Minsk accused of estab-
lishing a "Zionist under-
ground" there.
According to Jewish sour-
ces in the USSR, reached
by telephone, Gedalya Kip-
nis, who spent five months
in jail pending the trial, has
been released.
The other Jews had been
undergoing questioning for
some time, but none had
been detained. The sources
said that Yepim Davidowitz,
a former Red Army officer
who has been awaiting trial
in Minsk on charges of Zion-
ist ,and anti-Soviet activities,
has been informed by the au-
thorities that they have de-
cided to drop the case.
Report On Soviet
Olim in Israel
Some 85 per cent of Soviet
olim with university training
find employment in their
own fields, and only 15 per
cent need to change their
work, according to a report

Pilots' Chief Blasts
Book by Terrorist

LONDON (JTA) — Capt.
E. S. Linstead, chairman of
the British Airline Pilots As-
sociation (BALPA), is urging
the public to boycott a book
by Leila Khaled, the Pales-
tinian terrorist who partici-
pated in an attempt to hijack
an El Al airliner over Bri-
tain three years ago.
Capt. Linstead warned that
the book would probably
glamorize and encourage
others to commit the same
He castigated the book's
publisher, Hodder and
Stoughton, for distributing
the book at a time when "all
sections of aviation and all
state governments consider
the hijacking menace to be
one of the most serious prob-
lems facing aviation today."

Friday, June 1, 197.3-11


Brezhnev to Be Welcomed to U.S.
With Assembly for Soviet Jews

submitted to the Jewish
Agency board of governors
meeting here.
Sixty-six per cent of Soviet
olim over age 18 are work-
ing within one year of aliya,
compared with 52 per cent of
other olim.
The report also stated that
77 per cent of Soviet olim
are satisfied with jobs, com-
pared with 62 per cent of
other olim; and 53 per cent
of the Soviet olim settled on
the coastal plain, 38 per cent
in development towns and 8
per cent in Jerusalem.
Jewish Agency Chairman
Louis Pincus told the board
of governors that 28,000 olim
can live in existing absorp-
tion centers, and that rooms
for 1,250 more were planned.
The agency has nine special
centers for elderly olim.
Youth Thanks Congressman
for Role in Emigration
NEW YORK — A 22-year-
old Soviet Jew at first denied
permission to be reunited
with his family in Israel,
came to the U.S. last week
and thanked Congressman
Mario Biaggi (D.-N.Y.) for
his role in gaining his re-
The Bronx - Queens con-
gressman greeted iMatvei
Gerranovich Weig following
•the youth's arrival at Ken-
nedy Airport.
Biaggi visited the Soviet
Union last Jan. 8-11 and
pleaded with Soviet officials
for the release of Weig and
four other young Soviet Jews
kept back when their families
emigrated to Israel.
The American Embassy
in Moscow notified Biaggi in
late April of Weig's release
and said the ministry of in-
ternal affairs (MVD) had
also told them that the exit
applications of the other four
men in which Biaggi had
"expressed interest" would
be "considered next year."
Biaggi met 16 top Soviet
officials in five meetings dur-
ing his Soviet visit and was
the first American legislator
to be granted an interview
with Andrey Verein, head of
the office of visas and regis-
trations (OVIR).
Weig now lives with his
parents and brother and sis-
ter in Natanya.

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