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December 31, 1976 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-12-31

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8 Friday, December 31, 1976


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Tourists Expelled; Seminars Protest Harassment

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Soviet citizens from
The couple joined a
London protest demon-
stration at the Soviet
Embassy following their
ordeal to protest the ar-
rest of Soviet Jews who
had planned to partici-
pate in the symposium
and the expulsion and
Soviet refusal to grant
visas to others planning
to attend.


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Soviet authorities re-
leased 17 Jewish activists
held under house arrest
but detained 30 others on
Friday to prevent them
from attending a vigil
outside the Lenin Li-
brary to mark the sixth
anniversary of the first
Leningrad hijack trial,
Jewish sources in Moscow
The 17 who were permit-
ted to leave their homes
after four days under
police - guard were or-
ganizers of the symposium
on the state of Jewish cul-
ture in the USSR. The
symposium convened
briefly Tuesday but was
forced to adjourn because
its leaders were arrested.
• A number of Jews who
arrived at the Lenin Li-
brary steps for the vigil
Friday were headed off by
police and 'plainclothes-
men who escorted them to
the nearest subway, the
sources reported.
Conferences were held
throughout the United
States in support of the
banned Moscow confer-
In New York, four col-
lege presidents spoke at a
gathering of 100 partici-
pants at City University.
The four included William
McGill of Columbia, Nor-
man • Lamm of Yeshiva
University, Gershon
Cohen of the Jewish
Theological Seminary of
America and Harold
Proshanskv of Colum-
bia's Graduate Center.
A similar conference
was called at Vail, Colo. to
draw President Gerald
Ford's attention to the ar-
rests of the Soviet Jews.
Ford was vacationing at
Meetings were also
held in Philadelphia,
Cambridge, Mass., and in
Chicago, where Prof.

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University of,Michigan
was one of the featured
speakers. President Ep-
hriam Katzir of Israel led
a similar conference in
Meanwhile, the board
of directors of' the Writers
Guild of America, West,
have sent a letter to the
Soviet Union expressing
"dismay" and "concern"
that three Soviet writers
have not been permitted
to emigrate or to work.
The three are Felix
Kamov-Kandel, 32, the
creator of movie car-
toons; Yevgeny Baras,29,
a journalist, film critic
and script writer; and
Arkady Polishchuk, 46,
journalist and script
writer. All first applied in
1973 for exit visas:
In New York, City Coun-
cil President Pabl
O'Dwyer, Human Rights
Commissioner Eleanor
Holmes Norton and the
five Borough presidents
each sent a telegram to
Soviet Communist .Party
Secretary Leonid
Brezhnev asking him to
grant amnesty to the

.Jewish Prisoners of Con-
science on his 70th birth-
At the same time, an
employe of the Ovir office
in Moscow informed Dr.
Benjamin Levich that an
exit visa has once more
been denied him for "re-
gime considerations," for
knowing alleged secrets,
according to reports
reaching the National
Conference on Soviet
Jewry (NCSJ).
Levich is the highest
ranking Soviet scientist
to apply to emigrate to Is-
rael. When Levich, a
member of the Soviet
Academy of Sciences,
first applied in 1972 he
lost his posts with an in-
stitute, five scientific
committees, two editorial
boards and the chair he
held at Moscow State
The NCSJ also reported
that Moscow activist Ilya
Levina has been sen-
tenced to 15 days for
Rudolf Barshai, a prom-
inent Soviet conductor and
founder of the Moscow
Chamber Orchestra has



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chapters in New York
have announced a pen pal

campaign with Soviet
Jews. Hadassah Presi-
dent Berneice Tannen-
baum said that if the
project works well she
expected Hadassah chap-
ters throughout the
country to join the proj-
"If the project is
stymied," Mrs. Tannen-
baum said, "we shall call
on the Carter Adminis-
tration to take another.:;
look at the Helsinki ac-i•'
cords, so the issue can be
dealt with at the follow-
up meeting in Belgrade
this summerZ

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ion movement last
month, met in Tel Aviv
Monday but appeared to
be too far apart in their
political views to con-
template a merger. They
plan, however, to meet
seemed to be aimed at es-
tablishing a strong third
force as an alternative to

Bell Appointment
Defended by Levi

— Attorney General Ed
ward H. Levi holds that
membership in clubs that
discriminate against
Jews, blacks or women
should not be "the pivotal
point'' in judging
President-elect Jimmy
Carter's choice of former
JUdge Griffin Bell as the
next Attorney General.
In a farewell nation-
wide appearance on
NBC-TV "Meet the
Press," Levi, the first Jew
to head the Justice De-
partment, termed criti-
cism of Bell's member-
ship in such clubs in At-
lanta as "trivializing a
rather important sub-
Bell himself said last
week that he would re-
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next Knesset.
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to be the most expensive
in Israel's history. Under
Israeli law, the Treasury
allocates money for cam-
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on the basis of the
number of seats it holds
in parliament.
According to the
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had no comment on Mid-
dle East reports that
President-elect Jimmy
Carter has invited Arab
foreign ministers to meet
with him in Washington.
A Department spokes-
) man referred questioners
to Carter.


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