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February 27, 1976 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-02-27

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

16 Friday, February 27, 1976

Brussels Seeks Soviet Human Rights Support

OPENING SOON

MAZER'S SHOES

BRUSSELS (JTA) — The
second World Conference on
Soviet Jewry ended its three
days of meetings here with

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own constitution and laws formed public opinion of
and "recognize and respect Moscow's refusal to respect
the right of Jews in the and honor its own constitu-
USSR to be united with tion and laws as well as the
their brethren in the Land Helsinki declaration which
of Israel, the Jewish historic it signed.
homeland." The declaration
On the other hand, the
was read to the conference failure to attract important
by David Blumberg, presi- non-Jewish personalities —
dent of Bnai Brith. (Text of except for a U.S. Congres-
the
appears on sional delegation headed by
page 56.)
Sen. Frank Church (D.-
(In Israel at the outset of Idaho) — demonstrated that
the Brussels II conference, Israel and world Jewry
thousands of Israelis, in- must count mainly on them-
cluding Soviet immigrants, selves to succeed in their
participated in a solidarity struggles.
rally.)
Another major statement
The conference laid par- issued at the conference was
ticular stress on the need the Call to Christian Consci-
for Jewish emigration from ence which urged the Soviet
the Soviet Union, although leadership to allow Soviet
it also called for religious Jews the right of free emi-
freedom and the rights of gration and to live up to the
Jews in Russia to develop pledges the Soviet Union
their cultural heritage and made in signing the Hel-
language.
sinki agreement last year,
The mass of the more especially those provisions
than 1,000 delegates from related to freedom of
30 countries were rank- thought, conscience, reli-
and-file militants and ac- gion and belief. (Text of the
tivists without whom the Call to Christian Consci-
struggle for Soviet Jewry ence appears on Page 56.)
could not continue.
The only jarring note
Jewish leaders said that was the eviction of Rabbi
keeping up the spirits and Meir Kahane, leader of the
enthusiasm of these ele- Jewish Defense League,
ments was just as impor- from the conference hall
tant as any other purpose of Feb. 18, a replay of the
the conference.
Brussels I incident five
The main substantive re- years ago.
sult of Brussels II was the
More inspiring was the
decision by the presidium presence here of hundreds
and steering committee to of Soviet Jews who have
exert a certain degree of immigrated to Israel. Some,
control over world-wide ac- like Sylva Zalmanson and
tivities on behalf of Soviet dozens of other women have
Jews. The exact form this husbands, brothers, fathers
will take remains to be de- or sons in Soviet prison
cided.
camps. Thirty-five Soviet
At the final session of Jews were members of the
Brussels II, Yosef Almogi, Israeli delegation and
chairman of the World Zion- hundreds more came from
ist Organization Executive Israel as observers, people
and acting chairman of the whose own suffering bore
Jewish Agency, read a witness to the plight of Jews
statement indicating that in the USSR.
the conference would be ti Manwhile, a group of
continued in some perma- 10.4ren Soviet Jews who re-
nent form.
Sntly left the Soviet Union
Actually Brussels II was said here that conditions
not called, as its spokes- have recently worsened, an-
men made clear from the ti-Semitism is on the in-
start, to discuss or debate
crease and the authorities
policy or tactics but to are cracking down sharper
serve as a rallying point than h%'ore on would-be em-
and spotlight on the plight igy A t
of Soviet Jewry. Accord-
widesprturie time, the
ing to all observers, this ," curity guard ence of se-
objective was achieved.
.4"'d World Confer&e second
The world press focussevs. in
,n Soviet
on the situation of jr" 4nd in-
the Soviet Unio
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cooperation.

In New York, Yosef Te-
koah, Israel's former Am-
bassador to the United Na:
(Continued on Page 17)

* *

russels Delegates
to Speak 1.
o ex e eting Sunday

Detroit delegates -,,,, e
International Conference t., Yost of the Jewish Com-
1
Soviet Jewry held last week munity Council; Sal
in Brussels, Belgium, re- T.erner, Jewish Fari„A'y
turned with programmatic service executive director;
Suggestions for the Dtroit Alan Yost of the Jewish
Jewish community to M Center ; Ernestine Lerner;
press solidarity with the and Judy Grant, Jerry
ob
D aniel Berk,
vor:grie.chrswai nd eD
\w
jectives of the conference. jse it
the Detroit Commit-
The suggestions includd
e
film,
seekin g ratification of the
tee for S ov iet
"Call to
Christian
an onsci-
ting ,,, 8
ence" by Detroit area Chris- ' \v ill have a n open meeting
D . rn Sunday in the new
tian clergy,
implementation , ' j ish Community Center,
of a community-wide letter
writing campaign t
,'
cour-
T `hCehpi uldbri.en of the Gulag,
age contacts with Soviet of-
-pled out of the Soviet
ficials and refuseniks and Uanliloof
Rogers and Ms.
involving local trade union- Grant
will report on the
fists in the struggle for So-
ference on Soviet
viet Jewry.
WorrrldhCeopetroit
Committee
Delegates to the confer-
invited at no
ence included
Beverly charge.

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rrry

Jewry drew criticism from
delegates and newsmen and
led Golda Meir, honorary
president of the conference,
to ask the guards at her
press conference to stop dis-
turbing the press meeting.
Some newsmen were
prevented by the guards
from attending Mrs.
Meir's press conference
and other media personnel
are regularly asked to
make a wide detour on en-
tering or leaving the r -
ing hall. The sharpest
icism was leveled at the
manner in which Rabbi
Kahane was forcibly
barred by security men
from entering the confer-
ence hall earlier in the
day.
Meanwhile, scientists
from eight countries who at-
tended the Second World
Conference on Soviet Jewry
have formed an Interna-
tional Federation of Con-
cerned Scientists to be lo-
cated in Paris.
The purpose of the federa-
tion will be to gather and
disseminate information
and to coordinate the activi-
ties of its affiliates in all
countries where committees
on behalf of ostracized So-
viet scientists already exist
or are in process of forma-
tion.
The federation will en-
courage its affiliates to in-
crease their efforts and ac-
tivities on behalf of Soviet
scientists who are denied
fundamental scientific and
personal rights.
Nobel Laureate Dr.
Polykarp Kusch (1955-
physics), of the University
of Texas at Dallas, said at
the press conference that
in his view cooperation by
U.S. scientists in ex-
- between
change pro
R was
the U.S. an
interpreted by the Soviet
government to mean sup-
port of their repressive
measures against dissi-
dent Soviet scientists. He
advised his American col-
leagues to think carefully
before engaging in such

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