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May 06, 1977 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-05-06

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•THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

16 Friday, May 6, 1977

EEC Will Abstain From M.E. Attack

CHUCK BORSHANIAN

LONDON -(JTA)—The Eu-
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Huge New York Demonstration
Supports Cause of Soviet Jewry

By DAVID FRIEDMAN

NEW YORK (JTA)—So-
viet Jews were promised on
Sunday that Americans will
not forget them as long as
their efforts to emigrate re-
main unrealized. This was
the pledge of the estimated
200,000 Jews and non-Jews
who marched down Broad-
way from City Hall to Bat-
tery Park at the tip of Man-
hattan in what Robert
Abrams, chairman of the
Greater New York Confer-
ence on Soviet Jewry,
called the largest turnout
for Solidarity Sunday for So-
viet Jewry in its six-year
history.
It was also the pledge
made by speakers at the
demonstration, including
Midge Constanza, President
Carter's assistant for public
liaison, and Sen. Howard
Baker (R-Tenn.). the Sen-
ate minority leader.
Ms. Constanza, the first
representative from the
White House to speak at a
Solidarity Sunday demon-
stration here, did not men-
tion Carter by name. But
she said the American gov-
ernment will 'seek every
productive way to promote
human rights here and
abroad." She said while the
U.S. wants detente, human
rights "will assume a posi-
tion of importance" in all
dealings with foreign coun-
tries. She said peace must
be combined with justice,
and added, "I want to say
to Soviet Jews we have not
forgotten them."
Baker pledged that the
Republicans in the Senate
will work for the freedom
of Soviet Jewry and others
who seek freedom in the
USSR. He said today was
not important because of
the number of demonstra-
tors or the speakers "but
because of the courage of
those in the Soviet Union—
whose determination is far
more eloquent than our
mere words."
The demonstration at Bat-
tery Park was one - of many
held throughout the United
States and is part of a
month-long series of activi-
ties which culminate in Na-
tional Solidarity Day in ,
Washington on June 12. The
event was also the first
time that the Conference
held its demonstration in
lower Manhattan rather
than along Fifth Avenue
and eastward to the United
Nations. The march began
with youngsters dressed in
Soviet prison costumes sur-
rounded by banners saying
"Their Fight is Our Fight";
"Free losif Begun." and
"Free Anatoly Sharansky."
Abrams, who declared on
the platform that "We
pledge to Soviet Jews we
shall never forget you; we
are one people," pointed
out that today's demonstra-
tion was particularly dedica-
ted to Sharansky and
Begun. two Moscow Jewish
activists who have been ar-
rested and are threatened
with trials on trumped-up
charges.
One of the most colorful
contingents in the march
was a large group from the

Mrs. Jeanette Mager, left, and Mrs. Esther Lazaris dis-
cussed the plight of their Soviet "refusenik" husbands with
Rep. William Brodhead .(D-17th District) before a recent
House speech in which Brodhead cited their cases among
the "blatant" violations of the Helsniki accords by the So-
viet government.
* *
Oceanfront Council for So-
or working in fields below
viet Jews in Brooklyn
their training, have sent an
which carried blue flags
appeal to Judge V. Avdo-
with white stars of David—
nin, scheduled to try activ-
the banner of Soviet Jews.
ist Dr. Iosif* Begun on
There were also banners
charges of "parasitism,"
urging freedom for Syrian
asking that they be allowed
Jews.
to attend the trial sched-
The marchers also includ-
uled for May 6.
ed groups from the Nation-
Meanwhile,_ four - self-de-
al Council of Churches and
scribed "convinced social-
labor organizations.
ists and friends of the So-
Other speakers included
viet Union" who are editors
Senators Jacob K. Javits
of Jewish periodicals in
(R-NY ). Daniel P. Moyni-
New York, have sent a let-
han (D-NY) and New York
ter to Soviet officials declar-
Gov. Hugh Carey.
ing they are "deeply dis-
Messages of thanks were
turbed at the continuing vio-
received from Soviet Jews
lation of Marxist principles
with appeals to continue de-
with respect to the Jews in
manding that the Soviet gov-
the Soviet Union."
ernment meet its com-
The protest, reportedly
mitment to human rights.
sent last year, was signed
by Morris U. Schappes, edi-
However, before the start
tor of Jewish Currents;
of the demonstration, the
Paul Novich, editor, and
Union of Orthodox Rabbis
Chaim Suller, co-editor of
of the United States and
the Yiddish daily Morgen
Canada said it could not
Freiheit; and Itche Gold-
participate nor condone the
berg, editor of the monthly
actions of Soviet Jewry
Yiddishe Kultur.
groups. "Regardless of how
It, was also reported that
well their intentions of ac-
Moscow Synagogue congre-
tions and words might be,
gant Sergei Reser was sen-
we cannot agree to all their
tenced April 19 to 15 days
methods and speeches,
imprisonment for "dis-
which can, God forbid,
rupting traffic' after he
cause fatal consequences,"
asked a plainclothes police
the Union said in a state-
agent to show identification
ment by its president,
as authorities sought to dis-
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein.
perse worshippers after
Meanwhile, more than 200
services on April 16.
people participated this
In Leningrad, 68-year-old
week in a demonstration in
Communist Party member
Berne, Switzerland on be-
Mikhail Furman, who has
half of Soviet Jewry.
not applied for exit but
whose son, Lev, is a refus-
NEW YORK (JTA)—Ten
nik, was sentenced to 10
Soviet-Jewish activists who
days. Another activist said
have been dismissed from
only that it was because the
their - jobs for applying for
elder Furman "was helping
exit visas to Israel, and
the Jews."
who are now unemployed

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