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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-09-03

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12 Friday September 3, 1976

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Soviet Jewish Activist Mark Abramovich of Kishinev
Gets Long-Awaited Permission to Emigrate to Israel

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Jewry, Soviet Jewish ac-
tivist, and long-time re-
fusenik IVIark Abramo-
vich of Kishinev has re-
ceived permission to
emigrate to Israel,
Eugene Gold, NCJS
chairman, announced.
Abramovich, a leading
activist in the USSR, first
applied for an exit visa in .
1972 and was refused in
1973. Since then he had
repeatedly been denied a
visa on the grounds of
previous army service,
though he had been de-
mobilized in 1971.
At the same time, the
Greater New York Con-
ference on Soviet Jewry
received word that
Shmuel and Raya
Bronfman from Odessa
were granted visas to Is-
rael.
Dying of leukemia, Raya
was recently taken to the
regional hospital in grave
condition. She was denied
an exit visa when an ovir
official told Shmuel that
the USSR "has the capa-
bility of taking care of life
and death."
In a related develop-
ment, Moscow au-
thorities have refused to
allow 80 families from the
Soviet village of Ilyinka
to emigrate to Israel on
the grounds that they are
not really Jewish. The
families are descendants
Of Russians who were
converted to Judaism

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several centuries ago.
Bronx Borough Presi-
dent Robert Abrams, con-
ference chairman,
explained -that the au-
thorities had earlier per-
mitted the emigration of
eight families from
Ilyinka, which is located
in the Voronezh region
1,400 miles from Moscow.
However, in the past
year, 109 invitations from
relatives in Israel have
not been delivered.
The Ilyinka Jews are
forced to have their in-
ternal passports stamped
with a false entry stating
that they are Russian na-
tionals since they have
Russian surnames.
According to Moscow ac-
tivists, Abrams said, the
Ilyinka villagers observe
Shabat and Jewish holi-
days, bake matzot on Pas-
sover and give their chil-
dren biblical names. On
the birth of a baby boy, the
child is taken 650 miles to
Daghestan for circumci-
sion.
Meanwhile, it was re-
ported that Dr. Benor
Gurfel, 43, internation-
ally known econometri-
cian is in the midst of a
hunger strike in protest
of the Soviet govern-
ment's policies of repres-
sion against Jews who
have applied for exit visas
to Israel.
The Kafka-like maze of
bureaucracy in which
Gurfel and his family
have been enmeshed over
the past four years since
they first applied for
emigration to Israel was
related by Alvin H. Gi-
lens, associate national
campaign director and
Western Region director
of the United Jewish Ap-
peal, who has just re-
turned from a 12-day sur-
vey of conditions being
faced by Soviet Jewish
"refuseniks," those de-
nied exit visas to Israel.
Gurfel, who works in a
plastics complex in Tallin,
the capital city of Estonia
prior to being absorbed by
the Soviet Union after
World War II, co-
authored a scientific
paper for the Economet-
ric Society of Europe in
collaboration with - Dr.
Ilya Zlobinsky, formerly
of Kiev, who was allowed
to emigrate to Israel.
The excellence of their
_work gained an invitation
to both for the presenta-
tion of their paper before
the conference of the soci-
ety in Helsinki which con-
cluded Monday. Although
Helsinki is 60 miles from
Tallin, and the official con-
ference program lists Gin--
fel as a participant, the
Soviet government has
denied him the right to
participate on the basis
that he had not received a
formal written invitation.
Gilens pointed out that
every time Gurfel has
applied for an exit visa he
has been refused because
of possessing "secrets."
The alleged "secrets, - Gi-
lens observed, are availa-
ble in numerous scientific
journals which circulate
freely throughout the
world.

Compounding
the
plight of Gurfel's family,
which includes his wife,
Soroti, 40; a physicist, and
son, Eliezer, 17, who will
complete high school in
the near future, is that
time is running out for
them. Eliezer will apply
for an exit visa on his own
prior to his 18th birthday.
If it is denied, he. must
serve in the Soviet armed
forces. If this happens, it
will all but eliminate the
chances for the Gurfel
family to emigrate to Is-
rael, since the regula-
tions state that one who
serves, or any member of
his family, cannot be al-
lowed to leave the USSR
for a period of five years
after discharge from the
military because of "sec-
rets, - according to Gilens.

In Chicago, Dr. Vitaly
Rubin, noted Soviet
Jewish authority on an-
cient Chinese philosophy,

addressed the Public Af-
fairs Committee of the
Jewish United Fund of
Metropolitan Chicago
held a press conference
and appeared on TV.
Rubin and his wife were
permitted to emigrate to
Israel last June after a
41/2-year struggle.
Speaking at a press
conference sponsored by
the Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Chicago, he
expressed the opinion
that "almost all -Russian
Jews want to emigrate —
Jews are insulted every
day. - The primary vic-
tims of the Soviet policy of
"locked borders," Rubin
said, are the Jews and
Germans.
Rubin thanked the
American Jewish com-
munity and academic
community, without
whO'se efforts he is con-
vinced he would not have
been permitted. to emig-
rate.

Rabin Charges That Soviets
Hamper Peace Conference

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
Premier Yitzhak Rabin
charged that the Soviet
Union prevents the re-
convening of the Geneva
peace confer'ence on the
basis of the original invi-
tations extended to the
parties in the Middle East
conflict by the Secretary
General of the United Na-
tions following the Yom
Kippur War.
The Ru .ssians have
adopted a. policy of total
support for the most ex-
tremist Arab states,
Rabin said on a television
interview.
- He made his remarks
when asked if Israel's ap-
parent interest in keep-
ing_the Soviet Union out
of Middle East diplomatic

Peres.: Israel's. Only
Choice to Re-arm

activity might not make
that country a sworn
enemy of Israel. Rabin
said, "To the best of my
knowledge, it is the Soviet
Union which, through its
policy, decided that Israel
Would be its sworn
enemy, not Israel that
decided this."
The interview, con-
ducted on the occasion of
the first anniversary of the
Israeli-Egyptian interim
agreement in Sinai eli-
cited from the Premier an
acknowledgement that
there had been Egyptian
violations of the accord
during the year.
"These are of second-
ary military signifi-
cance but we should see
that they are corrected, -
he said without elaborat-
ing on their nature. How-
ever,,Rabin said that the
Egyptians appeared to be
interested in observing
the agreement and were
likely to continue to do so
in the foreseeable future.

TEL AVIV (JTA) — De-
fense Minister Shimon
Peres declared that be-
cause of the continuing
supply of Soviet arms to
the Arab states, Israel Sharon to Address
has no choice but to ob- ZOA Conference
tain new combat aircraft,
assault helicopters, artil-
NEW YORK
lery, missile boats and Brigadier General Ariel
"Arik ." Sharon, the Israel
missile systems.
He said Israel would military hero who mas
acquire part abroad and terminded and led th
crossing of the . Suez
produce the rest.
Peres,
addressing Canal by the Israel De-
graduates of the Com- fense Forces during the
mand and Staff College, Yom Kippur War, will ad-
stressed that Israel will dress the opening session
not be frightened by of the 79th annual na-
threats or pressure. He tional convention of the
said Israel will instead Zionist Organization of
persist in the slow move- America.
Sharon
gained
ment toward a peace set-
tlement with its Arab worldwide fame for his
military exploits in the
neighbors.
Peres pledged that Is-• Six-Day War and Yom
Kippur War. The crossing
rael would allow Lebanon
to restore itself after the of the Suez Canal by Is-
present conflict without rael forces completely iso,
any interference from Is- lated the Egyptian Third
rael. He said that instead Army.
of the fence between Is-
rael and Lebanon being a
barrier it could develop
I am a Jew because the
like the Jordan River faith of, Israel demands no
bridges into a means for abdication of my mind.
furitful contact.

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