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December 07, 1979 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-12-07

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Mrs. Shcharansky Continuing Her Appeal
for Release of Her Jailed Husband Anatoly

Avital Shcharansky, wife of
imprisoned Soviet dissident
Anatoly Shcharansky, re-
turned to Washington last
week appealing for contin-
ued support to help obtain
her husband's release so
that he can join her in Is-
Looking worn from her
ceaseless efforts for her

husband's freedom, Mrs
Shcharansky met with re-
porters at a breakfast at the
National Press Club, ap-
peared on television and
later was a guest at a recep-
tion at the Capitol, hosted
by Rep. Robert Drinan (D-
Mass.), who she described as
a "dear friend of our fam-
The reporters received

copies of her personal ac-
count of her life, entitled
"Next Year in Jerusalem"
which were Anatoly's last
words when his trial ended
in Moscow in 1977. (See
back page.)
Mrs. Shcharansky ex-
plained the background
of what she called the
double standard the
Soviets employ regard-
ing dissidents.
As an example, she said
the Soviet government pro-
duced "the very aggressive"
television film against Is-
rael and Zionism that em-
phasized to the Soviet
peoples "we have here in the
Soviet Union soldiers of
Zionism," meaning, she
said, "persons like Anatoly,
the Slepaks and Ida Nudel."
Mrs. Shcharansky ob-
served that "On the one
hand, the Soviet govern-
ment makes an anti-
Semitic atmosphere in the
street and on the other hand
it won't let them (the dissi-
dents) out."
She said that with the
1980 Olympic Games in
Moscow only eight months
away, Jews in the Soviet
Union are saying, "we're af-
raid" that the round-ups
and removals from Moscow
and other cities that pre-
ceded the visit of President
Nixon in 1972 will be re-
peated to avoid possible con-
tacts with foreigners.
Mrs. Shcharansky
urged that letters from
individuals and state-
ments by officials be sent
to the Soviet authorities
to explain to the Russians
in a "big public cam-
paign" that in her special
case "Anatoly is sick"
and that other Jews want
to emigrate too.
In a related development,
Congressman William
Brodhead (D-17th District)
introduced a resolution in
the House of Representa-
tives Monday urging
President Carter "to use

`Israel Better
Understood Due
to Iran Crisis'

Sen. John Warner (R-Va.)
said he feels that, as a result
of the Iranian crisis, Ameri-
cans have developed a new
understanding of Israel and
its problems.
Speaking before more
than 500 corporate execu-
tives and guests at a State of
Israel Bonds dinner last
week at which sales of over
$2.3 million in Bonds and
other instruments were re-
ported, Warner said, "The
Iranian crisis has brought
Americans together in pa-
triotism. It is beginning to
unite the Congress behind a
strong national defense of
which Israel is an integral
part. We have developed a
new empathy with Israel
because of its courage and
because it faces dangers
constantly. We are learn-
ing, as Israel has learned
when faced by terrorists, no
nation can surrender to ter-

every means at his disposal
to help insure the basic
human rights of all peoples
throughout the world."
The resolution also called
upon "the leaders of the
Soviet Union, Argentina,
Ethiopia and other coun-
tries (to) remove all obsta-
cles to the free emigration of
their Jewish citizens and
others who wish to leave to
live in other countries, and
insure the free exercise of
religious beliefs and cul-
tural expression."
It also supported the - Day
of Solidarity With Op-
pressed Jewry" Sunday,
sponsored by Detroit's
Jewish Community Council
and constituent organiza-
The National Confer-
ence on Soviet Jewry re-
ported that members of
the Congressional Wives
Committee for Soviet
Jewry joined a nation-
wide observance of the
Women's Plea for Soviet
Jewry Wednesday in
Washington. They fo-
cused on freeing Miss
Representing the Con-
gressional Wives Commit-
tee were Mrs. Henry
Jackson, Mrs. Harrison
Williams, Mrs. Jack Kemp
and Mrs. James Blanchard.
The United Nations has
declared Dec. 10 Human
Rights Day.

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