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January 19, 1979 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-01-19

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

12 Friday, January 19, 1979

Ex-Refusenik Levich Joins TAU Faculty

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TEL AVIV — Prof. Ben-
jamin Levich, considered
the highest ranking scien-
tist ever to receive an exit
visa from the Soviet Union,
has joined the academic fa-
culty of Tel Aviv University
as a professor of elec-
trochemistry in the faculty
of exact sciences. The uni-
versity plans to establish a
chair and a research team in
electrochemistry for Prof.
Levich.
The 61-year-old Prof.
Levich, a corresponding
member of the Soviet
Academy of Sciences and
formerly head of the de-
partment of chemical
engineering at Moscow
University, was relieved of
his post in February 1972,
when he applied for an exit
visa to immigrate to Israel.
Since that time, he was for-
bidden to lecture in public,
to take part in scientific con-
ferences or to publish his
work abroad.
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Prof.
notably
Neeman former president of
Tel Aviv University and
electrochemist Prof. Eliezer
Gileadi, maintained reg-
ular telephone contact both
on scientific and on personal
subjects, keeping the prom-
inent scientist informed of
world-wide efforts for his
cause. The contact was dis-
continued when the Soviets
disconnected his -telephone
after two years. In 1973,
Prof. Levich was appointed
a professor of elec-
trochemistry at Tel Aviv
University.
When finally allowed to
leave the Soviet Union,
Prof. Levich was offered
academic posts by out-
standing academic in-
stitutions in the U.S.,
England and Israel.
Prof. Levich joins the
ranks of several other prom-
inent scientists who immig-
rated from the Soviet Union
to take up posts at Tel Aviv
University, among them
the two prominent physi-
cists, Prof. Mark Azbel and
Prof. Alexander Voronel
and mathematician, Prof.
ilia Piatetski-Shapiro.
Following Prof. Levich's
decision to join the faculty,
the University plans to de-
velop a center of Elec--
trochemistry on an interna-
tional plane, which will
offer international re-
fresher courses, summer
courses and the like.
Meanwhile, members of
the unofficial Helsinki
Monitoring Group in Mos-
cow, joined by Prof. Andrei
Sakharov, have attacked
the "Olympian calm" and
"silence" of the Interna-
tional Olympic Committee
in face of Kremlin persecu-
tion of dissidents and Jews.
The text was obtained
by the International
Monitoring Committee
for the 1980 Olympics,

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_ NEW YORK — A New
York State Supreme Court
action dismissing a libel
suit by the Unification
Church against the author
and publisher of a book that
called church indoctrina-
tion techniques a form of
brainwashing has been
hailed by the American
Jeivish Congress — which
represented the author — as
"a significant victory for
freedom of the press."
Dusty Sklar, who wrote
"Gods and Beasts: The Nazi
and the Occult," and Harper
& Row, which published the
book last year, were sued for
$4 million by the Unifica-
tion Church in a libel ac-
tion.
The suit was dismissed by
New York State Supreme
Court Justice Edward J.
Greenfield on the grounds
that "the complaint is based
on statements reflecting the
author's opinion" and -"no
issue of fact as to knowledge
of falsity or reckless disre-
gard for the truth has been
shown to exist."

Israel imports 7.3 million
tons of oil per year.

comprised of the Student
Struggle for Soviet
Jewry, Union of Councils
for Soviet Jews and four
other activist groups in
five countries.
The 11 signers, which in-
clude refusenik Prof. Naum
Meiman, stated that "it is
already known now that the
atmosphere which will pre-
vail at the Games in Mos-
cow will essentially differ
from that of the previous
Olympics." The number of
foreign tourists will be "re-
stricted beforehand" and
"will be able to move from
one place to another inside
the USSR only within
strictly regulated cor-
ridors." The cultural aspect
of the program "will be in
complete control of Soviet
censors."
The Moscow Monitoring
Group listed names of pris-
oners of conscience for
whom the I.O.C. should ap-
peal, including Anatoly
Shcharansky, Vladimir
Slepak, Ida Nudel and Dr.
Joseph Begun.
In New York, the SSSJ
and Union of Councils for
Soviet Jews said they
have learned that, con-
trary to information re-
ceived by phone from

Moscow, Leonid Slepak
and his bride did not re-
ceive exit visas.
The groups said the call
was made from the U.S. to
"a reliable Moscow Jewish
activist" who twice repeated
that Slepak had a visa.
Leonid's brother Alexander,
who is studying in Califor-
nia, said the information
was incorrect after he
phoned Leonid.

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