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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-06-11

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

14 June 11, 1976

Jewish Press Unit Members Harassed on Tour by Soviet Custom Officials

and tapes destroyed as they
left the Soviet Union at the
end of the eight-day First
Editorial Conference to the
Soviet Union.
David Henschel, a St.
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cials only searched the lug-
gage of Joseph Samuels,
publisher of the Houston
Jewish Voice; Anne Shap-
iro, associate editor of the
Kansas City Jewish Chroni-
cle and himself.
Henschel said the Soviet
officials destroyed negatives
and erased tape recordings
taken at a meeting with 35
Jewish "refusniks" in Mos-
cow.

The Jewish newsmen
were part of a group that
included members of the
Overseas Press Club of
America and the News-
women's Club of New
York.

Others at the meeting
with the activists in addi-
tion to the three who were
searched were Doris Sky,
managing editor of the In-
termountain Jewish News
in Denver; and Milton Mov-
itz, an amateur photogra-
pher from St. Louis. They
were not searched and re-
turned with tape and film,
according to Henschel.
Henschel noted that
many of the non-Jewish
journalists after viewing the
search at Leningrad Airport
said they now realized for
the first time the ordeal of
Soviet Jews.
Robert A. Cohn, editor of
the St. Louis Jewish Light
and president of the AJPA,
said the AJPA is investigat-
ing these incidents as well
as the last minute refusal of
the Soviet Union to allow
four others to join the press
tour.

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In Tel Aviv, it was re-
ported that a secret diary
written by an inmate of a
Soviet forced labor camp
in the Perm region of Rus-
sia disclosed that a serious
disturbance occurred
there last year in protest
against the draconian
measures taken by the
camp guards, especially
against Anatoly Altman,
who was sentenced to 10
years at hard labor at the
first Leningrad hijack
trial in 1970.

ger strike in protest and was
joined by 20 other inmates.
As a result, Altman was put
in solitary confinement for
ten days and denied the
right to purchase food at the
camp commissary, the diary
stated.

Altman was subjected to
severe punishment between
May and August, 1975 be-
cause he refused to shave
his beard. The diary says
Altman was chained and
forcibly shaved.
As punishment, he was
denied permission to receive
visitors. He went on a hun-

According to the diary,
many Jews were put in soli-
tary confinement for stag-
ing hunger strikes in protest
against severe punishment
ordered by the camp com-
mandant.
Meanwhile, the National
Conference on Soviet Jewry
has welcomed the signing

On his release from con-
finement on Sept. 18, he
was immediately put back
in solitary for another 15
days. Fellow prisoners
demonstrated in protest
and threatened to react
even more violently unless
a petition they addressed
A copy of the diary, type-
to President Nikolai Pod-
written in Russian on white
paper, has reached Kibutz gorny of the Supreme So-
Yagur which has adopted viet was delivered. The
Altman as an honorary.. petition demanded better
conditions and a cessation
member.
of harsh punishment at the
According to the writer, camp.

by ,President Ford of the
Fenwick-Case bill which
provides for a U.S. commis-
sion to monitor the 1975
Helsinki pact, especially its
human rights provisions.
The accord calls on the
signatory countries, which
include the Soviet Union, to
observe international cus-
toms on the re-unification
of families and other as-
pects that would help Soviet
Jews obtain emigration vi-
sas to join their families
abroad.
The measure was spon-
sored by Sen. Clifford Case
and Rep. Millicent Fenwick,
both New Jersey Rep'
cans.
In a related development,
Herbert Bernstein, execu-
tive director of the New
York Association for New
Americans (NYANA) has
reported that more than 2,-
000 Russian Jewish immi-
grants now at a transit cen-
ter in Ostia, a suburb of
Rome, will soon begin arriv-
ing in the United States.

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Israeli Arab Leaders Call For
Creation of `Eli-National State'

JERUSALEM (JTA) A
group of Israeli Arab lead-
ers appeared to be having
second thoughts June 8 on a
memorandum they drafted
for Premier Yitzhak Rabin
which, in effect, calls for
recognition of a bi-national
state in Israel.
The text of the memoran-
dum, leaked to the press
Monday, engendered an an-
gry public reaction inas-
much as it challenged the
Zionist concept of Israel as a
Jewish state with an Arab
minority. Massab Kassis,
Mayor of Meiliyah Village
in Galilee, a spokesman for
the group, told the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency that the
memo would be held up.
He insisted, however, that
this did not mean the text
would be altered. "The
memo was prepared by
three people and we simply
wanted to discuss the mat-
ter again," he said. Other
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council members met with
the premier three weeks
ago to discuss the prob-
lems of Israel's Arab mi-
nority. They voiced dis-
pleasure afterwards with
Rabin's description of the
Arabs as a distinctive cul-
ture and religious without
mentioning any national
significance.

The group also warned
that it will oppose the ex-
propriation of "any centime-
ter" of Arab land in Galilee,
the Negev or the so-called
"triangle" east of the coastal
plain. Apart from the Gali-
lee project, there are no
known plans for expropria-
tion in any of these areas.
The Arab leaders also
criticized a government de-
cision to create an Arab-
Jewish public council to deal
with problems of the Arab
minority. The local leaden
insist that committees will
not solve the problems but
only indicates a change in
government policy toward
Israel's Arab citizens.

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