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October 04, 1974 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-10-04

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U.S.-TSSit Trade WeiTment Imminen
Soviet Harassment of Jews Continues

By JOSEPH POLAKOFF
WASHINGTON (JTA) —
President Ford told Soviet
Foreign Minister Andrei
Gromyko, "I think we have
a lot to talk about" when
they met at the White House
Friday shortly after Sen.
Henry M. Jackson (D.Wash.)
left a meeting there with the
President and Secretary of
State Henry A. Kissinger.
Sen. Jackson said an agree-
ment was close on the num-
ber of Jews and others who
will be perrhitted to leave
the Soviet Union but he ob-
served that some issues re-
main to be solved.
Jackson also said that he
hoped a quick conclusion
would be reached between
the Ford Administration and
key senators on the emigra-
tion issue. He said the Soviet
Union had come around 180
degrees on the emigration
question but said that events
in Russia recently, including
the use of a bulldozer to wipe
out an art exhibit near Mos-
cow, indicated the need for
close control by Congress on
any emigration agreement.
Assistant presidential press
secretary John Hushen told
reporters after the 2%-hour
Ford meeting with Gromyko,
Soviet Ambassador Anatoly
Dobrynin and Kissinger, that
during the talks Ford touched
on his discussion with Con-
gress on the trade bill, which
includes the Jackson Amend-
ment.
Whether the Congress or
the President will determine
the results of a United States-
S o v i e t understanding on
Soviet emigration practices
was reported as the only
major obstacle to adoption
of U.S. legislation on the
emigration-trade issue be-
tween the two countries.
Capitol Hill sources con-
firmed that the administra-
tion and the Soviet govern-
ment have- reached an under-
standing and that the focus
now is on the administra-
tion's willingness to allow
Congress the authority to re-
view and judge the results
each year.
Under the U.S.-Soviet
agreement, reportedly
"nailed down" by Gromyko
and Kissinger, the Soviets
pledged to allow about 60,-
000 Soviet citizens, including
Jews, to emigrate annually
and not to molest these appli-
cants and family members.
However, key congressional
figures involved in the Jack-
son/Mills-Vanik amendments

to the Trade Reform Act
pending in the Senate, insist
that both houses of Congress
must approve legislation
each year to allow trade
benefits to the Soviet Union
to continue. The administra-
tion, however, demands that
the President report annually
on Soviet emigration prac-
tices and if the House or
Senate were dissatisfied, it
could then vote against fur-
ther benefits.
Reporters were told that
the congressional position is
firm and it is now up to the
administration to act.
Israel Exports 100,000
Olim Each Year After
U.S.-Soviet Trade Bill
TEL AVIV (JTA) — The
Jewish Agency aliya and ab-
sorption departments have
embarked on preparatory
plans to cope with an ex-
pected immigration of 100,-
000 Soviet Jews a year as a
result of the U.S.-Soviet
agreement expected to be
concluded shortly.
Moshe Rivlin, director gen-
eral of the Jewish Agency,
said that while it is known
that 130,000 Soviet Jews have
applied for exit visas for
emigration to Israel, he ex-
pects many more to apply
for visas once the Russians
reverse their policy of per-
secuting and harassing Jews
who seek to emigrate.
Rivlin said that by the end
of 1975, 27,000 apartment
units will be ready for new
immigrants, and an effort
will be made to increase
construction for new immi-
grants in the year to come.
New York Jews Warn
of Soviet Hoax, Sponsor
Sunday Freedom Rally
NEW YORK (JTA) —
Against the backdrop of con-
tinuing negotiations between
U.S. and Soviet officials on
the issue of Jewish emigra-
tion, the Greater New York
Conference on Soviet Jewry
pledged "constant vigilance,"
so that Soviet Jews "will not
become victims of another
Soviet hoax."
The sale of wheat to the
Soviets and other "political
deals" that benefitted the
USSR "underscore the need
for watchfulness in any ar-
rangement with the Kremlin
on emigration of Jews," said
Malcolm Hoenlein, executive
director of the conference.
The Soviets "make deals
when they suit their own
purposes, not out of any
humanitarian instincts. We
cannot and must not play the

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numbers game with the
USSR. The barriers to free
emigration by all those who
wish to leave the Soviet
Uriion must come down for
all time," Hoenlein said.
He noted that the negotia-
tions give special timeliness
to the Simhat Torah "Festi-
val of Freedom" to be spon-
sored Sunday by the Greater
New York Conference in
Manhattan.
The event will "reaffirm
support here for Jews in the
Soviet Union who are striv-
ing to gain their freedom,
and be an expression of our
commitment to the survival
of Israel," said Kings Coun-
ty District Attorney Eugene
Gold, conference chairman.
Theodore Bikel will be the
master of ceremonies for the
festival, which will be high-
lighted by the presentation
of a Torah scroll to author
Elie Wiesel for the Soviet
city of Khus.
Gold said most of the
Khust Synagogue was de-
stroyed this spring and the
Holy Ark and seven - Torah
scrolls were badly burned.
Soviet authorities closed
down the synagogue, confis-
cated the keys and refused
to provide an alternate place
of worship.
Soviet police accused the
Jews themselves of setting
fire to the synagogue. Mem-
bers of the synagogue, how-
ever, suspect workers at a
neighborhood factory w h o
had often urged that the
synagogue be converted into
a sports club.
The synagogue w a s re-
opened after Jewish volun-
teers worked around the
clock to make basic repairs.
However, the synagogue is
still without Torah scrolls.
Aleksander Feldman
in Solitary Confinement
at Soviet Prison Camp
NEW YORK (JTA)—Alek-
sander Feldman has been
placed in solitary confine-
ment in the prison camp
near Odessa where he is
serving a 31/2 year sentence,
the National Conference on
Soviet Jewry reported. Feld-
man was tried in November
1973 on charges of "malici-
ous hooliganism." He has
been kept separated from
other Jewish prisoners since
the start of his sentence, the
NCSJ said.
Meanwhile, it was reported.
that police in Moscow Mon-
day harassed Soviet Jews
commemorating the World
War II massacre of Ukrain-
ian Jews at Babi Yar, one
of the participants told United
Press International.
Leonid Tsipin said 300 po-
lice and plainclothes security
men prevented all but a dele-
gation of 20 Jews from ap-
proaching the site outside
Kiev where 100,000 Jews were
machine-gunned to death.
The 20 were allowed to lay
a wreath, he said, but the
police ripped dedicatory in-
scriptions from it.
When members of the
group tried to put on yar-
mulkes and yellow Stars of
David, the security men also
destroyed these, Tsipin said.
Russian Jewish Doctor
Wishing to Emigrate
Accused of Poison Plot
NEW YORK (JTA) — A
Jewish doctor in Vinnitsa in

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hirthat the Siovi
tempting to use the incident
to discourage other Jews
from seeking exit visas."
The participants in the vigil,
included Sister Rose Thering
of Seton Hall University; Sis-
ter Kathy Hardy, represent-
ing the New` Jersey Council
of Churches; Mary Jean
Friel-Nieto, representing the

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viittsmowsir grftworicers of
America; Dolores Mann, who
works closely with the Ocean-
front Council for Soviet Jew-
ry, and Lorraine Nicolas, a
student at Seton Hall.

the Ukraine has been ac-
Belong ever to the perse-
cused of "attempted poison-
cuted, rather than to the
ing of children," the Student
persecutors.
Struggle for Soviet Jewry
— Talmud
here reported.
Dr.Mikhail Stern, his wife,
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Ida, and their sons, Victor, 18—Friday, October 4, 1974
a physicist, and August, a
biologist, all of whom have
applied for permission to
emigrate to Israel, wrote the
SSSJ that the charge and in-
Norton Stern
timidation began immediate-
ly after they received an in-
on $3 Million of
vitation from a relative in
Israel.
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"On May 25 our father was
arrested by officials of the
KGB. Ten men broke into the
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apartment in the most brutal
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manner without any warn-
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All of Dr. Stern's posses.
sions and papers were gone
through, and an accusation
of "attempting to poison little
children • who were under his
care as a doctor" has been\
prepared.
"Investigating officials .are
browbeating witnesses to
make them lie and give testi-
mony accusing a doctor they
have always trusted and re-
spected of the intention to
poison their children," the
letter stated.
Dr. Stern, 56, has been a
practicing physician for more
than 30 years. The case, ac-
cording to the letter, has
been handed over to the pro-
curator's office "with instruc-
tions to prepare some sort of
case so that our father could
be brought to trial."
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The pledges were forward-
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co's board chairman, who
has spearheaded a drive in
the business community to
stop the Jackson Amendment
in Congress.
Kendall was urged by the
students to "direct all your
energies and resources in the
Soviet Union and here in the
U.S. to bring a speedy solu-
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