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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-04-01

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Friday, April 1, 1977 23

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

arter Re-Evaluating Jackson-Vanick Resolve

WASHINGTON
(JTA)President Carter's en-
dorsement during his elec-
tion campaign of the Jack-
son-Vanik legislation is un-
dergoing re-evaluation with-
in his Administration and is
now an open issue.
Senior U.S. officials made
that known last week on the
eve of the Soviet-American
conference in Moscow at
which trade and emigration
are the major topics along
with transfer of arms and a
reduction of armaments, in-
cluding nuclear weaponry.
The Jackson-Vanik meas-
ure, a part of the U.S.
Trade Reform Act adopted
in late 1975, bans U.S. cred-
its and other benefits to the
Soviet 'Union until it modi-
fies its policy on emigration
by Jews and other minor-
ities.
Meanwhile, Secretary of
State Cyrus Vance received
appeals from members of
Congress and American
Jewish organizations to
help Soviet Jews to emi-
grate if they wish.
At the same time, 18 sena-
tors wrote to Soviet Com-
munist Party Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev requesting
the release of Anatoly Sha-
ransky who was arrested in
Moscow March 15.
In Washington, President
Carter described the resolu-
tion adopted by the Con-
gress condemning Soviet
harassment of Jews as
"strong confirmation" of
the American people's ap-
proval of his stand on
human rights.
In a related development,
Rabbi Alexander Schindler,
chairman of the Conference
of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organiza-
tions, said. that President
Carter's recent criticism of
the state of human rights in
the Soviet Union did not
bring about the "vilification
of Jews" by the Soviet gov-
ernment or was responsible
for the harassment and per-
secution of Jewish dis-
sidents,and emigration ac-
tivists in the USSR.
He said, in reply to ques-
tions, that the barring of
symposia on Jewish culture
in the Soviet Union, the
screening of anti-Semitic
films on Soviet television
and the beatings of Jews on
park benches in Soviet
cities all occurred before
the President "said a soli-
tary word on Soviet Jews."
Meanwhile, the National
Conference on Soviet Jewry
has learned that former So-

viet Jewish prisoner of con-
science Dr. Mikhail Shtern
and his wife have received
hermits to join their two
sons in Israel. •
At the same time, former
Soviet Jewish prisoner of
conscience Kopel Spector
was told upon his release
from prison in December
,1976- that he would be al-
lowed to re-apply to emi-
grate to Israel once he was
employed and had a place
of residence.
Now that he has been

the city's Jewish activists
who may soon be brought
to trial on serious criminal
charges, the Greater New
York Conference on Soviet
Jewry reported.
The Lithuanian KGB ac-
cused Vladimir Drot- and
Viadirnir Raiz, of "anti-so-
cial and anti-Soviet activi-
ties" in connection with
their Jewish cultural activi-
ties and their agitation to
emigrate. The , KGB threat-
ened the two activists with
imprisonment if they refuse
to testify against Salensky.
In New-, York, holding
aloft matza in protest
against the Kremlin's ban
on importation of the Pass-
over food, Bella Abzug, rep-
resentatives Elizabeth Holtz-

man, Edward Koch, Step-
hen Solarz, Herman Ba-
dillo, all of New York, and
Brooklyn Borough Presi-
dent Howard Golden led
1,000 youths in a 10-mile
walkathon, a modern inter-
pretation of the ancient Is-
raelite exodus from Egypt.
Meanwhile, 30 Moscow
Jews staged a hunger strike
Sunday to protest the latest
wave of persecution of Jew-
ish .-emigration activists.
They had the support of 500

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the USSR who conducted a
prayer fast at the same

time for religious freedom
and the right to emigrate,
the SSSJ said.

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working one month in Cher-
novtsy, the authorities have
refused to register him at
his place of residence, ac-
cording to the NCSJ. With-
out such registration the
local ovir authorities refuse
to process his application to
join his parents iri Israel.
It also was reported that
Soviet Jewish prisoner of
conscience Sender Levinzon
has been transferred to a
strict regime camp in the
city of Dmitrograd in the
Ulyanovsk region of the
USSR.
The NCSJ also reported
that arrested Jewish activ-
ist Iosif Begun could be
charged under Article 209
of the Soviet Criminal Code
for "systematically engag-
ing in vagrancy and beg-
ging" which carries a sen-
tence of up to two years im-
prisonment or "correctional
work" of up to one year.
Mikhail Roiz, trapped in
the USSR, wonders when he
will ever see his wife Rach-
el again. They parted in
1974 when she left for Is-
rael. According to the Stu-
dent Struggle for Soviet
Jewry, Roiz has been re-
peatedly refused exit on the
unexplained grounds of "re-
gime considerations."
Meanwhile, Soviet author-
ities are pressing two Vilna
activits to testify against
Naum Salensky, leader of

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Schoenau Camp for Emigres

VIENNA Austria Chan- closed after Arab terrorists
cellor Bruno Kreisky dis- took several Jews hostage
closed that one of the rea- on a train from the Soviet
sons the Jewish Agency-run Union and demanded that
transit camp for Soviet Jew- the camp be shut down.
ish emigres at Schoenau The Austrian authorities
was closed down in 1973 complied on the grounds of
was the fact that emigrants security and since then Jew-
staying there had no choice ish emigres are housed in
of where to resettle. transit camps under Austri-
Every Jew who emi- an supervision.
grates via Austria has the
In a related development,
right to decide where he the U.S. Senate Appropri-
wants to go, Kreisky said at ations Committee refused
a press conference on his re- to earmark money for help-
turn from a visit to the ing Soviet Jews and other
United States. Eastern European refugees
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