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October 23, 1981 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-10-23

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Friday, October 23, 1981 13

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Refusniks Make Appeal
Burg Refutes NY Times Report,
for Assistance on Emigration Affirms Position on Palestinian Autonomy

WASHINGTON (JTA) —
A group of Soviet Jewish re- ;
fusniks have appealed to
Congress for help against
what they see as a plan by
the Soviet government to
end emigration.
The appeal was presented
to Congress by Sein. Charles
Mathias (R-Md.), who along
with Sen. Alan Cranston
(D-Calif.), received the ap-
peal during their recent
visit to Moscow.
The appeal offered "con-
vincing proof of an obvious
trend not only to sharply
diminish Jewish emigra-
tion to Israel" but also of "an
attempt or even decision ...
to stop emigration al-
together."

The refusniks said
their proof included "a
sharp upturn in the
number of refusals"; a
drastic drop in emigra-
tion over the last two
years; "the waiting
period of consideration
of applications is unrea-
sonably prolonged and in
most cases has been
stretched to as much as
two years and more"; in-
vitation affidavits from
families abroad are not
delivered and many re-
fusniks are being ar-
rested.

The Soviet Jews urged
Congress to press for an end
to the restrictions on emig-
ration and to urge the
Soviet government to re-
lease all prisoners of con-
science and allow them to
join their families in Israel.
In Geneva the Interna-
tional Committee of the Red
Cross is reported to be act-
ing as an intermediary for
an exchange of prisoners be-
tween South Africa and the
Soviet Union.
According to rumors,
Soviet Jewish activist Ana-
taly Shcharansky may be
included in the deal. The
ICRC confirmed this week
that it had been contacted
three weeks ago by the
Soviet and South African
governments.

Dec. 10, Human Rights
Day, it was announced by
Sylvia Bermack, Bnai Brith
Women national chairman
for the 11th annual
Women's Plea.
This. is the second year
Bnai Brith Women serves
as national convenor for the
Women's Plea.
Taking the theme, "Our
Concern, Their Hope," the
Women's Plea will
dramatize and publicize the
sharp decline in emigration
figures, the news of in-
creased harassment of re-
fusniks by the authorities,
and the continued plight of
the prisoners of conscience.
The Women's Plea is
under the auspices of the
Leadership Conference of
national Jewish women's
organizations, in coopera-
tion with the National Con-
ference on Soviet Jewry and
the National Jewish Com-
munity Relations Advisory
Council.

Premier Menahem Begin's

meetings with President
Reagan in Washington last
month or in Cairo when
Begin met with Secretary of
State Alexander Haig and
other American officials at
the funeral of President
Anwar Sadat.
Burg, who was with
Begin both in Washington
and Cairo, spoke in re-
sponse to a report in The
New York Times that the
Israeli Premier had indi-
cated to Americans that Is-

rael was prepared to accept
certain proposals put for-
ward last year by Sol
Linowitz, President Car-
ter's special envoy to the au-
tonomy talks.

resumed in Tel Aviv this

Burg said that Israel
had always favored
Linowitz's suggestion
that both sides draft a
"memorandum of under-
standing" on the pro-
gress of the autonomy
negotiations to date but
considered that more
negotiations were neces-
sary before agreement
could be reached on the
contents of the
memorandum.

According to the New
York Times story, Begin
had promised American
representatives attending
Sadat's funeral, including
former President Carter,
that they would be "sur-
prised" by the accommoda-
tions Israel would offer at
the autonomy talks which

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week. The Times said Begin
specifically mentioned sub-
stantive proposals by
Linowitz, made last De-
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