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July 02, 1976 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-07-02

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6 Fnday,`July 2, 1976


Vladimir Slepak, Moscow `Refusnik' Joins
In Monitoring Helsinki Accords in USSR

With the emigration of Vi-
taly Rubin, Vladimir Sle-
pak, the longest waiting
"refusnik" in Moscow, has
become a member of the
Public Group to Assist the
Fulfillment of the Helsinki
Accords in the USSR, filling
the vacancy caused by Rub-
in's departure, the Union of
Councils for Soviet Jews re-
Led by scientist-dissident
Yuri Orlov, members of the
group formed on May 13,
1976, include Yelena Bon-
ner, the wife of Andrei Sak-
harov; Alexsandr Ginzburg,
Anatoly Marchenko and
Pyotri Grigorenko, all
prominent in the human
rights dissident movement
in the Soviet Union.
Meanwhile, the Washing-
ton Committee for Soviet
Jewry reported that Sle-
pak's wife, Masha, has di-
vorced her husband so that
she and her 17-year-old son
Leonid can apply to emi-
grate separately. Masha's
health, undermined by
many years of nervous ten-
sion, has deteriorated in the
last few months. She is suf-
fering from serious vascular
and endocrinal disorders
and needs immediate medi-
cal care which she could get
in Israel.
A group of leading So-
viet refusniks including
Dr. Alexander Lerner,
Dina and Yosef Beilin,
wrote to emigration move-
ment leaders in the West

that "the tragic fate of this a discussion of the 'Pres-
remarkable family is well- ervation of Cultural Heri-
known, kept back in the tage.' This, in a country
USSR for more than seven where Jews continue to be
years and suffering con- denied the right to live as
stant and uninterrupted Jews, where they are con-
persecution." They appeal sistently denied all access
for a major campaign for to their religious and cul-
the release of Masha Sle- tural legacy."
Mexico City was the scene
pak and her son.
of another meeting to pro-
It was learned by the
test Soviet treatment of
Washington Committee Russian Jews. Ricardo
that Masha has been re- Franco Guzman, taking of-
fused an exit visa, even
fice last week as President
though the official reason of the Mexican Committee
for her being detained for 'for the Rights of Soviet Je-
seven years has been her -wry asserted that "as a.
husband's alleged knowl- Mexican jurist I understand
edge of "secrets."
perfectly the injustice of
In related activity the Soviet discrimination
American Jewish Congress against the Soviet Jewish
has called on the Interna- miniority and the persecu-
tional Council of Museums tion of the Prisoners of Con-
to assure that "all qualified science."
He spoke before some
participants" — including
person's at a meeting
Soviet Jews — "will be per-
mitted to join in the pro- organized by the Youth
ceedings" of its Triennial Committee at the Ashkena-
General Conference and zic Kehillah Hall.
Soviet harrassment of
Assembly in Leningrad and
Jews continues however.
Moscow in May, 1977.
Phil Baum, associate ex- The Student Struggle for
Soviet Jewry charged that
ecutive director of the Con- Jewish
prayer has been
gress and chairman of its banned in
the Moldavian
Commission on Interna- town of Kalarash,
tional Affairs, said in a let-
ter to Susan M. Yecies, in a private home minyan
program coordinator of the services have been con-
ducted since the synagogue
"It is particularly ironic was shut 15 years ago.
that the theme of the Con-
Rabbi Steven Riskin,
ference will be 'The Mu- SSSJ's chairman, said
seum as an Instrument of that the prayershawls,
Mutual Enrichment Be-
tween Cultures,' featuring

phylacteries and prayer-
books of the worshippers,
mainly older persons, were
seized on the spot and de-
spite protests have not
been returned. The only
answer from authorities
was that they would
"Look into the issue," he




Jewish Cemetery
Bulldozed in Minsk

Israelis' Hebrew Criticized by MK

significant number of Knes-
set members representing a
broad spectrum of political
factions reached agreement
Monday that many Israelis
cannot speak proper He-
brew. Shalom Levin, of the
Labor Alignment, who hap-
pens to be chairman of the
National Teachers Associa-
tion, introduced an agenda
motion on "The State of the
Hebrew Language" in Is-
rael, which he himself found
to be poor. He suggested
that Knesset members
should be provided with spe-

According to reports reach-
ing the National Conference
on Soviet Jewry all that re-
mains of the historic Minsk
cemetery is "one part of one
tombstone," the rest has
been completely desecrated
and destroyed by Soviet au-
A recent visitor said that
the Soviet officials had bull-
dozed the entire cemetery to
make way for a dance floor.
Trenches cut across the vast
area and a soccer field has
already been erected in one
section of the cemetery.
"We literally walked on
the bones of the dead, which
surfaced when excavation
work began," the visitor
confided. "A Minsk activist
told us that the destruction
began the day after the Six-
Day War when an iron fence
which had surrounded the
cemetery was dismantled
and sold to a cooperative

cial language advisors to
check their speeches — be-
fore and after delivery —
for correct usage.
Levin claimed that very
few Israelis could say they
have mastered the Hebrew
language. Specifically, he
charged, "most radio and
TV broadcasters, public fig-
ures, Knesset members and
even university professors
harm the language, so_me-
times because of disre
for it and sometimes rn ,,
because they don't know

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Israelis See Possibility Of
U.S. Peace Initiative in 1976

Highly placed Israeli
sources said Tuesday they
do not rule out theprOspect
of some stepped-up Ameri-
can Mideast diplomacy in
advance of the Presidential
elections. The sources said
there is not "yet" any hard
evidence to -support this
prediction, but they nev-
ertheless consider it a rea-
sonable possibility.
They explained that the
Ford Administration would
have two purposes in accel-
erating its diplomatic ef-
forts in the region at this
time: to ensure continued



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stages of the election cam-
paign; and to underline its
past successes in this field
and its image of successful
peacemaking between Ar-
abs and Israelis.
The sources said. the U.S.
effort could take two forms:
either a trip through the
region by Secretary of State
Henry A. Kissinger, who is
due to visit Iran in the sum-
mer, or invitations to Israeli
and Arab heads of govern-
ment or foreign ministers to
visit Washington.
The sources said an
American initiative was
feasible even if the Le-
banese crisis has not - been
settled by the summer. On
a related issue, the sources
said no Arab state has as
yet responded to Israel's
end-of-war initiative but it
was significant, and per-
haps encouraging to note
that by the same token no
Arab state has officially
rejected the initiative.
There were some rejec-
tions voiced by the press and
other media commentators
in some Arab states, but
this still did not represent
an official rejection, the
sources said.

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