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February 13, 1976 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-02-13

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

8 Friday, February 13, 1976

Soviet Press Conference Called Propaganda Ploy

(Continued from Page 1)
Israeli investigations into
two of the Russian-Jews
who participated in the
Moscow press conference
indicated strongly that one
of them may have been a
"plant"_ and the other a
chronic malcontent.
Boris Braystein came to
Israel in March 1971 with
his wife and mother. Bray-
stein's absorption in Israel
was smoother than for

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many other olim and when
he decided to return to
Russia after a year he was
welcomed with open arms
while other yordim who
sought re-entry were re-
jected.
Braystein's wife gave
birth to a son shortly after
their arrival in Israel, the
first child to be born at an
absorption center. The
Braysteins soon received a
flat in Beersheba and his
mother received a flat of her
own. He also found a good
job as an engineer at the
Beersheba branch of the
Housing Ministry, and
seemed content with his life
in Israel until a Kiev news-
paper published an article
signed by Braystein in
which he denounced Israel
and its regime.
In 1972 Braystein re-
turned to Russia, but unlike
many other returnees who
were forced to languish in a
Vienna ghetto because the
Soviet authorities refuse to
re-admit them, Braystein
received his re-entry visa
without delay.
He also got back his for-
mer flat that was appar-
ently saved for him and was
promptly given a job. His
new job is at the OVIR, the
Russian visa office where he
interviews Jews applying
for visas to emigrate to Is-
rael.
Israelis believe Braystein
maintained contact with
Soviet authorities while he
was in Israel.
The second case cited is
that of Valeri Kovant, a

Caucasian Jew who ar-
rived in Israel in August
1972 and was settled in
Upper Nazareth. At his
request he was relocated
in the Arad district of the
Negev and got a job with
the local authorities on the
strength of his claim that
he held degrees from So-
viet institutions.
But Kovant refused to
work, and sent his wife to
work at a restaurant. She
subsequently killed herself.
Kovant earned the repu-
tation of a professional com-
plainer and agitator. He
participated in a demon-
stration near the Premier's
office in Jerusalem against
alleged improper treatment
of Russian Jews in Israel.
He returned to the Soviet
Union in September 1973.

Pressure on Belgium to
cancel the conference,
which was reported last
week, has been growing.
Belgian ambassadors in
Arab countries and the
USSR have been pres-
sured through articles in
the Arab and Soviet media
and political statements.
The Belgian Foreign Min-
istry issued a statement
stressing, "It hasstradition-
ally been Belgium's policy to
permit all conferences as
long as they do not create a
public disturbance or are
contrary to public morals."
The statement said that the
government would grant
permission for similar con-
ferences, if requested to do
so, "on behalf of other corn-

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munities such as the Pales-
tinians."
The statement noted that
Belgian ministers and mem-
bers of parliament who will
participate in the World
Conference on Soviet Jewry
will do so "as private per-
sons" and not as representa-
tives of the government.
Even before the Moscow
press conference, growing
Soviet propaganda had
caused the Greater New
York Conference on Soviet
Jewry to start an intensified
campaign on behalf of So-
viet Jews.
Eugene Gold, chairman
of the Conference and
Brooklyn District Attor-
ney, said the Soviet Union
has been "falsifying"
facts about the persecution
of Jews in the USSR.
The group expects more
than 100,000 people to at-
tend the Solidarity Day
rally on behalf of Soviet Je-
wry on May 2 in New York.
Meanwhile, more than
1,000 Jewish leaders as well
as Catholic and Protestant
spokesmen are expected for
the Brussels conference.
The Detroit contingent in-
cludes Jerry Rogers and
Judy Grant of the Detroit
Committee for Soviet Je-
wry, Dan Berk, Alan Yost of
the Jewish Community Cen-
ter, and Beverly Yost and Al
Kushner of the Jewish Com-
munity Council.
The U.S. Christian lead-
ers plan to issue a "Call to
Conscience," demanding
that Soviet authorities pro-
vide full human rights to So-
viet Jews, including the
right to emigrate, as pro-
vided in the Helsinki Decla-
ration signed by the Soviet
Union and 34 other coun-
tries last summer.
The delegation of Chris-
tian leaders at the Brus-
sels conference will repre-
sent the National
Interreligious Task Force
on Soviet Jewry. The
group, founded in 1972,
draws together Roman
Catholics, Protestants,
Evangelicals, Eastern Or-
thodox, and Jews in an
interreligious effort to se-
cure basic human rights
for Soviet Jews.
The 50 Canadians at the
conference will include
three members of Parlia-
ment. More than 150 per-
sons are expected from Brit-
ain, led by Greville Janner,
MP, acting president of the

Arabs Hit Israel
Office in Berlin

NEW YORK — An explo-
sive device blew up Sunday
in the empty office of an Is-
raeli trade association in
West Berlin, according to
police reports.
Investigators found lea-
flets on the staircase saying
the bomb had been planted
by the Army of the Arab
Revolution.
The Army of the Arab
Revolution was the same
group that kidnapped and
later released 11 oil minis-
ters attending a conference
in Vienna last December.

Board of Deputies of British
Jews in the absence of the
president, Lord Fisher, who
is ill. Britain will also have a
Parliament delegation.
The U.S. Senate unani-
mously approved a concur-
rent resolution expressing
"the solidarity of the Ameri-
can people with the efforts
to enlarge human freedom
by the participants in the

Second Brussels Confer-
ence."
The Senate resolution,
introduced by Sens. Henry
M. Jackson (D-Wash.) and
Clifford Case (R-NJ), had 14
additional sponsors.
The House of Representa-
tives has an identical resolu-
tion before it with a score of
sponsors.
(See Commentary, Page 2)

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