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May 09, 1975 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-05-09

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10 Friday, May 9, 1975

THE DETROIT JEWISH. NEWS

U.S. Assembly on Soviet Jews Signs Declaration of Freedom

(Continued from Page 1)

The Slepaks and their
children began a hunger
strike on April 13, five years
after they first applied to
emigrate. Slepak said that
he and his family are not al-
lowed to leave the country
because of "state secrets,"
but claims his work is 12
years behind the West's re-
search.

He worked at the Moscow

Research Institute for Tele-
vision.
Although Slepak has been
able to communicate with
the West, no return corre-
spondence has been deliv-
ered to him. The Detroit
Committee urged that ca-
bles of support be sent to
him at Gorky St. 15,' Apt.
77, Moscow, RSFSR-USSR.

Meanwhile, the Student
Struggle for Soviet Jewry

reported that Dr. Mikhail
Stern, the Vinnitsa physi-
cian, who was sentenced to
eight years in prison on
questionable charges has
been sent to a labor camp.
They also said that Vladi-
mir Markman, a_Jewish ac-
tivist from Sverdlovsk, has
just been released from a la-
bor camp after serving a
three-year term.

Markman was arrested

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April 1972 after protesting
the sentences of the first
Leningrad trials. His family
went to Israel last year.
In Brussels, \a, national

council supporting Soviet
Jews has been formed. The
council includes Belgian pol-
itical figures, two members
of the government and jour-

U.S. Aid to Soviet Jews \Detailed

WASHINGTON (JTA) —
The State Department has
released a "special report"
reviewing in detail "U.S.
assistance to Soviet Jews in
Israel" including federal fi-
nancing for the immigrants
and U.S. liaison with Jewish
and Israeli organizations
concerned with the refu-
gees.
The report said that most
of the $128 million appro-
priated by Congress since
May 1972 to aid some
100,000 Soviet-Jewish
emigres "along with the
much more substantial
funds from world-wide pri-
vate sources have gone to as-
sist Israel in -the reception
and resettlement of Soviet
refugees, following a plan
developed by Israel's Minis-
try of Absorption and the
Jewish Agency for Israel."
The release of the report
during a period of cool rela-
tions between the U.S. and
Israel, was viewed in some
quarters here as coinciden-
tal but by others as a step
toward improving the State
Department's relations with
the American Jewish com-
munity.
-

The report said that dur-
ing a typical month in
1974, about 7,100 Soviet

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refugees were living in 140
absorption centers and
other institutions in Is-
rael.

It referred to proposed
capital construction proj-
ects, including new absorp-
tion centers at Ranaana,
Tiberias and Hadera, and
considerable additional
housing. Medical treatment
being made available to ref-
ugee immigrants will in-
clude the Shaare Zedek
Medical Center presently
under construction.
It also noted that with
housing "one of Israel's
most acute problems," 124
U.S. government surplus
mobile homes, originally
used for victims of Hurri-
cane Agnes in Pennsylvania,
have been shipped to Israel
and installed for use at ab-
sorption centers.
The report said that proj-
ects which U.S. govern-

BUCHAREST (JTA)—
Asher Andrei, a resident of
the Romanian capital, has
been sentenced to death
here on a charge of accept-
ing bribes. All his belong-
ings have been confiscated.

He has appealed against
the death sentence but the
date of the hearing has not
yet been set. There are no
further details on the na-
ture of the charges.

Bavarian Youth
Plan Israel Visit

BONN — The Bavarian
Youth Council is planning a
visit to Israel for youth
workers, social workers,
teachers and pupils of the
polytechnics and colleges
concerned with social teach-
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ment funds help to finance
include care and mainte-
nance of the emigraata
while in transit; ,expans. " If
of- Israel's infrastructure to
receive and resettle present
and future immigrants; and
assistance such as language
training, vocational train-
ing, maintenance and other
services to individual immi-
grants.

The report said that
"since- the relaxation of
Soviet emigration restric-
tions for Jews wishing to
move to Israel, up to the
present, the U.S. govern-
ment has aided close to
100,000 Soviet refugees in
Israel." -
It noted that immigration

ranged from a low of 14,000
in 1971 to 33,500 in 1973 but
was down to 17,000 in 1974
and the 1975 monthly totals
to date continued at about
the same rate as the last
months of 1974.

Romanian Jew Gets Death
Sentence for Taking Bribes

Andrei, a 63-year-old
chemist, is married and has
a married son living in Ro-
mania. A daughter lives
with her husband and chil-
dren in Israel. Andrei has
not applied to emigrate
from Romania.

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nalists and university per-
sonalities.
The council appealed to
the USSR to abolish the per-
secution of Soviet Jews.

The Israeli counterpart
will be the Israel Labor
Party Youth Section, Tel
Aviv. The Israelis will in-
form participants about the
political and economic situ-
ation of their country with a
view to removing any pre-
judices.

The group will be finding
out about the organization,
the work and the problems
of Israeli youth work activi-
ties, and making contact
with other managerial per-
sonnel.

The report of . Andrei's
sentence arrived less- than
a week after President
Ford asked Congress to act
favorably on a trade
agreement with Romania.
The agreement was ex-
pected to provide an initial
legislative test of the re-
strictions in the 1974 trade
act which link U.S. trade
benefits to freer emigra-
tion from Communist
countries.

That law contains amend-
ments from Sen. Henry
Jackson (D-Wash.) and Rep.
Charles Vanik (D-Ohio)
providing such a linkage and
aimed at compelling the
Soviet Union to allow more
Jews and other nationals to
emigrate.
In the negotiations in
Bucharest earlier this
month, the Romanian gov-
ernment rejected such a lin-
kage but Romanian officials
cited Romania's relatively
liberal emigration police
under which nearly 400,0k
Romanian Jews emigrated
since the end of World War
II, mostly to Israel.

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