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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

12 Friday, June 21, 1980

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U.S., Women Protest Anti-Israel Agenda

(Continued from Page 1)
The Economic Commis-
sion for Western Asia,
which prepared the Palesti-
nian report, is a section of
the United Nations Eco-
nomic and Social Council
that has admitted the
Palestine Liberation
Organization into full
membership and has
excluded Israel.
At a State Department-
sponsored meeting this
month in Washington,
Chiae Herzig, co-president
of the Women's Division of
the American Jewish Con-
gress, spoke on behalf of the
Leadership Conference of
National Jewish Women's
Organizations.
Referring to the docu-
ment which used lan-
guage condemning Is-
rael, Herzig said, "not
only Israel but the rights
of women everywhere
are victimized by these
tactics." She continued

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by pointing out that
"delegates subject to
Arab-Soviet influence
will come carefully in-
structed. There will be no
way for Israel to escape
condemnation and no
way to prevent the sub-
version of the conference
from its true purpose to
one that serves the prop-
aganda needs and pur-
poses of the PLO."
Sarah Weddington, co-
chairman of the U.S. dele-
gation along with the U.S.
ambassador to the UN,
Donald F. McHenry, called
the dociiment "very one-
sided" and added that the
U.S. delegation "will work

with other delegations in
opposing other resolutions
based on the language and
analysis in that document."

The conference is divided
into two sections: one com-
posed of official delegations
representing, their respec-
tive countries as well as
Non-Governmental Organ-
izations with consultative
status at the UN. The other
is a forum, open to anyone
who wishes to attend.
The forum meets concur-
rently with the governmen-
tal section and provides the
participants with work-
shops, exhibits and dis-
cussions where anyone is

free to speak on any of the
issues. It does not, however,
issue any formal resolutions
or statements.
At present there are 700
American women regis-
tered for the forum with
several weeks still remain-
ing before the conference
begins. Among these are
representatives of various
Jewish organizations in-
cluding NCJW, Hadassah,
American Jewish Congress
and the American Jewish
Committee. Jewish wonii
from Venezuela, Pt
Finland, Sweden, Hollauu,
England and other Euro-
pean countries are also
planning to attend.

* * *

Michigan Coalition Protests UN Parley

A coalition of Michigan
individuals and organiza-
tions has issued a statement
protesting "the distortion of
the program" of the Mid-
Decade Conference of
Women.
Their statement said, in
part:
"By August 1979 it was
learned that the provisional
agenda of the world confer-
ence would include issues of
a political nature,_ which
would change the entire
thrust of the conference and
therefore not address the
real needs and concerns of
women all over the world.
"Recently, the pre-
paratory committee for
the women's conference,
meeting at the United Na-
tions, accepted a request
by the PLO to include in
the conference anti-
Zionist measures linking
the treatment of Palesti-
nian women by Israel

with apartheid. A docu-
ment replete with distor-
tions of fact was adopted
by the UN Economic
Committee for Western
Asia and officially ac-
cepted by the preparat-
ory committee for inclu-
sion in the Copenhagen
conference, upon request
of the PLO who are liter-
ally 'running the show.'
"We are concerned that
an attempt is being made to
use the so-called Women's
Conference, to spread anti-
Israel - and anti-Semitic
propaganda. We must ex-
pose the sham being made of
the original purpose of the
conference.
"A very effective and im-
portant platform is being
subverted and these facts
must be aired, publicized
and deplored before anyone
gets to Copenhagen."
The statement was

endorsed by the American
Jewish Congress, Jewish
Community Council,
American Jewish Commit-
tee, Israel Information and
Resource Center, Jewish
Labor Committee, National
Council of Jewish Women,
Pioneer Women, Women's
American ORT, World
Organization of Jews from
Arab Countries, Metropoli-
tan Detroit Bnai Brith
Women's Council, Detroit
Chapter of Hadassah,
League of Jewish Women's
Organizations, Dr. Carol
Rittner, R.S.M., Mildred
Jeffrey, member of the Na-
tional Commission on
Women's Year, Greater De-
troit Round Table of the Na-
tional Conference of Chris-
tians and Jews, Metropoli-
tan Detroit Youth Founda-
tion, and Michigan
Regional Office of the
Anti-Defamation League of
Bnai Brith.

Soviet Dissident Pilnikov Tried

NEW YORK (JTA) —
Valery Pilnikov, a Soviet
Jewish activist from Kiev,
was scheduled to go on trial
this week on trumped up
charges of malicious
hooliganism and .alleged
beating, the Greater New
York Conference on Soviet
•c,'s Jewry learned. The trial is
being held despite written
evidence clearing him of all
charges.
In . London, it was re-
ported that a series of at-
tacks on British Jews visit-
ing the Soviet Union has
sparked a bitter diplomatic
row between the two coun-
tries.
Nikolai Lunkov, the
Soviet Ambassador, was
called to the Foreign Office
and told of an organized
KBG campaign of "assault,
intimidation and harass-
ment" against British
tourists.
The Soviet Embassy
said that Britain's protest
was part of its campaign
against the Moscow
Olympics and an attempt
to intimidate would-be
visitors to the Games.
It denied there was a
campaign against Jewish
tourists and replied that
Moscow and Leningrad
were no different from Lon-
don where certain parts of
the city are unsafe.

Three generations of the famed refusenik Golds-
tein family of Tibilsi mother and father Isai and
Elizabeta, their son Avi, brother Grigory, and the re-
spective grandmothers ---, pose in a photo obtained by
the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry in front of thP 1
"Israel wall." The wall frames an Israel map and is
photos of the prisoners of conscience — and a S
poster of Grigory when he was a POC.

,

In fact, Jewish communal
circles here had been buz-
zing for months with reports
of attacks on British visitors
to the Soviet Union who
were trying to maintain
contact with Jewish "refus-
niks" there. The attackers
were always in
plainclothes, but the vic-
tims had no doubt that they
were secret policemen
rather than private indi-
viduals. -
In a related development,
Prof. Grigori Freiman, a
Soviet Jewish math-

ematician who has accuse--
the Soviet mathematics es-
tablishment of discriminat-
ing against Jews, said that
he had been dismissed from
his teaching post at the uni-
versity in Kalinin, north-
West of Moscow.
Freiman said he was told
he was dismissed as part of a
reduction in staff. He said
he would appeal the dismis-
sal on the grounds that it
violated a Soviet law insur-
ing a professorship for five
years after periodic reviews
of qualifications.

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