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August 24, 1973 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-08-24

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

`Protest Against Communist Tyranny'
Countered With Sympathy for Bolshoi

For the first time on a for-
eign tour, the Bolshoi Ballet
company was forced to inter-
rupt a performance as two
anti-Communist demonstra-
tors mounted the Masonic
Auditorium stage Monday
night to unfurl a banner:
"Death to Soviet Tyranny—
Free the Captive Nations."
Although members of the
Detroit Action Committee for
Soy 'Jewry had been distri-
but leaflets earlier out-
side the auditorium, they left
prior to the Bolshoi perfor-
mance.
(The Detroit Free Press
apologized in its editorial col-
umns Thursday for an edi-
t o r i a l Wednesday which
wrongly linked the Action
Committee with the stage
disruption. The paper also
printed a letter to the editor
which explained the Soviet
Jewry group's position.)
The two young protestors
who mounted the stage were
arrested, along with a third
demonstrator. Leaflets on be-
half of an organization that
calls itself Christian Resis-
tance were thrown from the
balcony after the two men
were escorted off the stage.
The interruption, roundly
booed by the audience, hard-
ly disturbed the dancers,
who continued their perfor-
mance after the incident. One
observer said the cheering
for the dancers seemed to be
in apology for the demonstra-
tion.
This was the Bolshoi's first
performance in Detroit in
more than 10 years.
A representative of the
sponsoring Hurok Concerts,
Inc., said there had been
"rigid security" for the group
and expressed suprise that
the two men were able to get
on stage when FBI agents
and plainclothes police were
guarding it.
Police also were staged out-
side where eight members of
the Detroit Action Committee
for Soviet Jewry, and mem-
bers of the ultra-right Break-
through, circulated fliers
prior to the performance.
The text of the Soviet Jew-
ry leaflets focused on the
plight of Valery and Galina
Panov, Soviet Jews who were
forced to leave the Kirov
Ballet after expressing their
desire to emigrate to Israel.
After distributing, their
2,000 leaflets, which also in-
cluded an explanation of the
J a ckson Amendment and
postcards to be mailed to the
President and the Soviet Em-
bassy, the Action Committee
IT • bers left for home, ac-
c ng to co-chairman Shir-
ley Leopold.
Mrs. Leopold said there
was no unpleasantness with
the Breakthrough group, led
by Donald Lobsinger, who al-
so were distributing fliers.
She described Break-
through members, who came
out in "battalion strength,"
as well dressed and polite,
giving the impression that
they were distributing offi-
cial programs for the ballet.
The outside of the Break-
through "pr og r am" was
glossy, but inside were pho-
tos of eight atrocities against
captive peoples of which the
Soviet Communist go v e r n-
ment was accused. The eight
photos allegedly were taken
at the Berlin Wall, in Viet-
nam, Estonia, mainland Chi-
na, Lithuania, Korea, Hun-
gary and Poland. None re-
ferred to Soviet Jewry and in
fact appealed "as Christions
and Americans" against the

"barbaric crimes against our
coreligionists."
The flier also included a
photograph of President Nix-
on with Communist Party
Secretary Leonid Brezhnev.
Mrs. Leopold said the three
young people who were ar-
rested later arrived after
most of the patrons had en-
tered the theater. They were
carrying bumper stickers and
signs. "I thought they were
leading up to something,"
she said.

Friday, August 24, 1973-5

Israel Fund Raising Needs Official OK

Mrs. Leopold said she saw
a number of Jews enter the
theater to attend the perfor-
mance, and she anticipated
some angry reaction to the
Action Committee's involve-
ment. "But we were in no
way involved in the demon-
stration," she said. "We, in
fact, welcome cultural ex-
change. Our intention was
simply to explain other as-
pects of Russian culture that
are not acceptable to free
men.

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
The government approved
the recommendations by the
Emergency Fund High Com-
mission concerning approval
and coordination of fund-
raisers.
According to t h e recom-
mendations, an organization
or institute supported finan-
cially by the government or

by t h e Jewish Agency is
obliged to get approval from
the Emergency Fund High
Commission to raise funds
independently.

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Eban Clarifies Israel Position
on Talks; Says Time on Her Side

NEW YORK—On his week-
end stopover in New York
before returning to Israel
from his Latin American
tour, Israel Foreign Minister
Abba Eban asked the New
York Times that he be in-
terviewed to present his
views on the latest develop-
ments in the 'Middle East.
In the statements he made
to Times staff member Ber-
nard Gwertzman, Eban de-
fended Israel's policy of
of f e r in g "unconditional"
talks with the Egyptians, but
with the understanding be-
forehand that Israel will not
withdraw from all the terri-
tory occupied since the Six-
Day War.
Eban sought to counter the
low-key State Department ef-
fort to bring public pressure
on Israel to "prime the
pump" of negotiations by
coming up with a more crea-
tive approach. Gwertzman
said Eban made it plain that
time was in Israel's favor
and there was no reason for
her to change her policy.
Eban said there is no
energy problem arising from
the Arab-Israel conflict and
suggested that the oil com-
panies devote more attention
to research and analysis
rather than becoming "ama-
teur diplomats."
During a brief stopover in
Peru en route from Brazil to
Bolivia, Eban met with his
Peruvian counterpart, Brig.
Gen. Miguel Angel de
Flor Valle.
The meeting was seen as
important to Israel since
Peru is a member of the
United N a t i o n s Security
Council.

Gen. de la Flor Valle in-
vited Eban to visit Peru of-
ficially in the future and
Eban extended an invitation
for the Peruvian official to
come to Israel.

For all
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occasions

Brazil agreed to join Is-
rael in combatting interna-
tional terrorism, but Israeli
Foreign Minister Abba Eban
discounted the possibility of
Brazil playing a peace mak-
ing role in the Middle East.
Meanwhile, in Santiago,
Chile, Jacques Torczyner,
U.S. Zionist leader, at a din-
ner given in his honor, ex-
pressed hopes for peace
b e t w e e n Israel and the
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He said Russia wants no
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administration helped Israel
more than all other adminis-
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Torczyner, former presi-
dent of the Zionist Organiza-
tion of America, was greeted
by Dr. Miguel Maldaysky,
president of the General
Zionists in Chile, and Dr. Gil
Sinay, president of the Rep-
resentative Committee.

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