Soviet Activists Denounce Izvestia Charges
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— Seven Soviet Jewish
emigration activists who
were accused by the
newspaper Izvestia of
acting in the service of
the U.S. Central Intelli-
gency Agency (CIA) have
denounced the charges
against them as a "mass
of slanderous inventions"
that are "reminiscent of
the anti-Jewish trials of
the early 1950s."
Izvestia, the Soviet
government organ, made
its allegations in the form
of an open letter, purpor-
tedly written by a former
Jewish dissident, Dr.
Sanya Lipaysky, a 'physi-
cian. In an accompanying
article, Izvestia also
charged that two Ameri-
can diplomats assigned to
monitor dissident activ-
ity in the USSR, Melvin
Levitsky- and Joseph A.
Presel, attempted to per-
suade dissidents to pro-
vide defense-related in-
formation to the CIA. The
State Department called
the charges preposter-
The statement by the
Jewish activists, who de-
scribed their activitie,,s as
legal under Soviet law
and completely open with
no attempts at conceal-
ment, was signed by Ale-
xander Lerner, Vladimir
Slepak, Anatoly Shar-
nasky, Ida Nudel, Boris
Beilina and Michael
Kremer. All have been
seeking emigration visas
Their statement said
that coincidental with the
publication of the allega-
tions in Izvestia, a series of
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". harassment of Jews and
others seeking to emig-
rate from the USSR.
Meanwhile, a U.S. Em:
bassy spokesman in Mos-
cow said that an official
protest would be lodged
with the Soviet au-
thorities over the seizure
by police of Jewish dissi-
dents who attempted to
enter the embassy for ap-
pointments with Ameri-
Prof. Benjamin Fein,
organizer of the aborted
symposium on Soviet
Jewish culture, and a
companion, Iosif Begun,
were arrested outside the
embassy despite the fact
that they were escorted
by the American Third
Secretary, Larry Mapper..
In a related develop-
ment, two Jewish dissi-
dents, Vladimir Slepak
and Anatoly Shcharansky,
The Columbia University Student Struggle for were blocked by KGB
Soviet Jewry chapter demonstrated against the Kremlin agents from accompany-
matza import ban. A special postcard urging President ing Los Angeles Times
Carter's intervention is available free, singly or in bulk, correspondent Robert C.
from SSSJ at 200 W. 72nd St., Suites 30-31, New York, Toth into his apartment
where the two had been in-
vited for lunch.
searches was made of the Jewry called on Christ-
It also was reported
Moscow apartments of the ians and Jews to join in a
the wife of impris-
accused. They noted that protest against the Soviet that
oned Jewish physician
the Lipaysky letter in- decree.
Mikhail Shtern said au-
cluded "accusations of
In London, the office of thorities are bringing
spying and treason re- British Chief Rabbi Im-
to make him
miniscent of the anti- manuel Jakobowitz de- pressure
to a charge of
Jewish trials of the early scribed the ban as "a confess
1950s, particularly the grave violation of basic
In another develop-
notorious so-called "doc-' religious rights."
ment, the NCSJ reported
tors' plot.' " • -
Anglo-Jewish leaders, that Pesia Chap-
In London, local ac- meanwhile, have asked the kovskaya, one of the old-
tivists for Soviet Jewry government to intercede est Soviet-Jewish "refus-
said that intense with Soviet authorities to niks" has received an exit
harassment, threats by lift the matza ban.
permit to Israel after
the KGB and loss of
In New York, a promi- waiting for 16 years.
employment may have nent American Orthodox
Meanwhile, Anatoly F.
caused Dr. Sanya rabbi was critical of the Dobrynin, the Soviet
Lipaysky to buckle under methods employed by Ambassador to the U.S.,
pressure and sign a letter- Amerieah Jewish organi- waS.asked
to convey to his
that appeared in Izvestia zations active on behalf of government the "shock"
accusing Soviet Jewish Soviet Jewry. Rabbi Pin- of the Workmen's Circle
emigration activists and chas Teitz, of Elizabeth, upon learning that Soviet
dissidents of working for N.J., claimed the methods Union is officially condon-
were "wrong" that they ing the dissemination of a
The National Confer- "defeat the purpose-" and film designed to incite
ence on Soviet Jewry and do a disservice to Russian anti-Jewish feelings"
the Greater New York Jews" resulting in such among
Conference on Soviet acts as the SOviet ban on
The national executive
Jewry denounced the the shipment of matza board -of The Worktheri's
Soviet Union for its ac- parcels to Jews from ab- Circle, sent a message to
cusations against the dis- road.
Dobrynin asking for the
Addressing a press con- withdrawal of "Secret and
Meanwhile, Detroit's ference in New York, Other Things," a film pur-
Jewish Community Teitz named Al Tidom porting to trace the begin-
Council activated its and the Greater New ning of Soviet history, its
telephone banks and York Conference on personalities and events
telephone squad sending Soviet,Jewry. He said the since its founding.
telegrams of protest to restrictions on matza
In the film, according to
Soviet, Ambassador parcels from abroad was reports from Moscow, a
Anatoly Dobrynin, Presi- the response by Soviet would be assassin of Le- '
dent Carter and Secret- authorities to the politi- nin, Dora Kaplan, is
ary of State Cyrus Vance. cal campaign that Jewish called a "Jewess," Hi-
Telephone calls to the organizations in the West tler's tanks invading the
Soviet embassy also were are waging on behalf of Soviet Union are shown
with a narrator proclaim-
In a related develop-
Teitz disclosed that he ing that the Nazis were
ment, the NCSJ an- himself sent 1,000 pounds fueled with "Jewish capi- •
nounced that it is under- of matzot to Russian Jews tal" and Leon Trotsky is
taking a nation-wide ac- and the parcels were, re- pointedly referred to by
tion to protest against the ceived without' interfer- his
Soviet Union's ban on im- ence. Asked why the%an "Bronstein."
porting matza for use dur- did not apply to his ship-
In New York, the Al
ing the upcoming Pas- ments, Teitz replied,
Tidom Association, Inc.,
sent it as a religious item reported that in response
At the same time it was and you can understand to numerous requests
learned that the it as you want."
from throughout the U.S.,
Synagogue Council of
In Washington, the Se- Canada, Israel and New
America said that Sec- nate voted 91-0 last week Zealand for Pruim Megil-
retary of State Vance has to approve a resolution lot in Russian, it distri-
promised to have the strongly condemning the buted thousands of copies
State Department inves- Soviet Union for violations of the Megillat Esther
tigate the Soviet Union's of human rights.
and guides to the laws
ban on the importation of
The measure, intro- and customs of Purim.
duced by Sen. Frank
In Chicago, the Na- Church (D-Idaho) and
Kindness, nobler ever
tional Interreligious co-sponsored by 38 other than
Task Force on •Soviet Senators, criticized the