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June 18, 1982 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-06-18

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Friday, June 18, 1982 11


Early Release for Soviet Refusnik

Theodore R. Mann, chair-
man of the National Con-
ference on Soviet Jewry
(NCSJ), reported that POC
Evgeny Lein, was unexpec-
tedly released one year
early from his labor camp
location in Krasnoyarsk,
and arrived at his residence
in Leningrad June 6.
Lein was convicted in
August 1981 of "resisting a
representative of
authority," and sentenced
to two years of "compulsory
labor for the national


Lein taught Hebrew to
his fellow inmantes follow-
ing his conviction. He also
instructed them in legal
Meanwhile, the Euro-
pean Interparliamentary
Conference adopted a
resolution calling on the
Soviet Union to permit
more Jews to emigrate,
free Jews imprisoned for
applying for exit visas
and to allow a European
parliamentary commis-
sion to investigate condi-
tions under which Jews
live in the USSR.
The conference, meeting
in the Second Chamber of
the Dutch Parliament in the
Hague last Friday, was
attended by representatives
from Holland, Britain,'Bel-
gium, France, Sweden, Au-
stria and Ireland.
In a related development,
the record of the Soviet
Union with respect to emig-
ration and family reunifica-
tion "continued to worsen"
during the six month period
ending last April 30, accord-
ing to the President's 12th
semi-annual report to the
Commission on Security
and Cooperation in Europe
on Implementation of the
Helsinki Final Act. It cited
"the continuing deteriora-
tion of East-West relations"
as the cause.
The report, submitted by
the State Department to
Rep. Dante Fascell (D-Fla.),
chairman of the Congres-
sional group • which
monitors compliance with
the Helsinki accords, said
that while freer travel
policies were detected in
Eastern Europe, the Soviet
government denied it citi-
zens that right.
The report noted that
the Soviet government is
signatory to several in-
ternational documents
which assert the right of
citizens to leave their
Family reunification is
the only officially recog-
nized basis for emigration
from Soviet Union.
It also was reported that
Soviet leaders have made
ittle progress in adhering
- to the human rights princi-
ples of the Helsinki agree-
ments, Arthur A. Hartman,
U.S. ambassador to the
Soviet Union, said at the
Waldorf Astoria Hotel in
New York City.
"The Soviet Union made
an equal commitment"
when the Helsinki accords
were signed, Hartman said,
but Russian leaders do not
seem to take that commit-
ment seriously.

Ambassador Hartman
was speaking at the
Yeshiva University In-
ternational Affairs
Dinner given in honor of
Madame Simone Veil,
former president of the
European Parliament.
Mademe Veil, who is also
former French Minister
of Health and Family Af-
fairs, received an honor-
ary Doctor of Laws de-
gree from the university
at its 51st annual com-
mencement. She also was
presented with the his-
toric Sarajevo Haggada
as a gift from the Univer-
Ambassador Hartman
said the Soviet Union has
not honored even "the
simplest, niost basic obliga-
tion" of the Helsinki agree-
ments, the right of "family
reunification." He noted
that some 20 Soviet citizens
who wish to join their
American spouses in the
United States have not been
allowed to emigrate.
Overall emigration from

the Soviet Union, Ambas-
sador Hartman said, "has
slowed to a trickle. Jewish
emigration is running at its
lowest rate in over a de-
In New York, Arthur
Chernick, president of the
New York Association for
New Americans (NYANA),
declared that Jews from all
lands of oppression must be
aided to reach "whatever
haven of refuge they seek."
Hopefully, he said, they
will emigrate to Israel
"where they are sorely
needed," but if not there,
they should be assisted to
go elsewhere.
Chernick addressed more
than 350 guests at NYA--
NA's 33rd annual meeting.
He was re-elected NYANA
Since NYANA was estab-
lished in 1949, it has reset-
tled more than 237,000
Jewish refugees here, he re-
ported. They came, he said,
"in 13 waves of emigration,
beginning with victims of
the Holocaust, after World

Swiss Bank Blocks the Sale
of Israeli Arms to Argentina

spokesman for the Credit
Suissein Zurich has con-
firmed that the bank last
week turned down an ur-
gent request for some $50
million in credit, appar-
ently to finance an Argen-
tine weapons purchase from
The deal reportedly in-
volved a letter of credit for
Israel -Aircraft Industries
arranged through a
Panamanian bank that is
believed to have been acting
on behalf of Argentina.
Credit Suisse was appar-
ently disturbed by the com-
plexities of the transaction,
the sum involved and the
nature of the deal.
Israel Aircraft Industries
manufactures the "Dagger"
version of the French Mir-
age jet fighter plane and the
"Gabriel" surface-to-
surface missile used by the
Israeli navy.
Argentina had been using
the Israel-made "Dagger"

Daniel Patrick Moynihan
(D-NY), speaking at the an-
nual dinner for Bar-Ilan
University last week, called
for the restoration of an in-
dependent Lebanon with
guarantees for its security
and territorial integrity.
"Israel's action . . . could
produce peace, not only in
the Middle East, but
throughout the world," ac-
cording to Sen. Moynihan.

The university awarded
honorary degrees to Jewish
Philanthropic leaders Mr.
and Mrs. Arthur (Diane)
Belfer. Belfer is chairman of
the board of Belco Petro-
leum Corp.
Stollman and Dr. Leon Fill
also participated in the fes-
tivities. Stollman is chair-
man of Bar-Ilan's Global
Board of Trustees and Dr.
Fill is a board member.

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jets against British forces in
the Falklands Islands war.
The Financial Times of
London reported that
British officials were deeply
disturbed by an approach to
Credit Suisse because it
confirmed British fears that
Israel continues to be one of
the main sources of weapons
for the Argentine junta.
The Financial Times re-
ported that the junta has
been running into difficul-
ties trying to finance ur-
gently needed arms
supplies from Israel. But
Argentina was said to have
received up to 300 tons of
military equipment from
Libya last week.

Israel has acknowledged
selling arms to Argentina.
But when the war with
Britain over the Falklands
broke out, the Israelis in-
sisted that while they would
honor past arms sales con-
tracts they would not enter
into any new ones.

Labor Zionists Assail AZF
Canceling Congress Elections

Labor Zionist factions in
this country this week is-
sued a challenge to the
American Zionist Federa-
tion, condemning the deci-
sion not to hold elections to
the forthcoming World
Zionist Congress to be held
in Jerusalem in December.
Accusing the Area Elec-
tion Committee of the AU'
of seeking to deny American
Zionists their democratic
rights, the Labor Zionist Al-
liance, at a meeting of its
National Administrative
Committee unanimously
decided to challenge the
arArea Election Commit-
tee's action before the Con-
gress Court of the WZO and,
if necessary, on the floor of
the Congress itself.
The Area Election Corn-
mittee decision would freeze
the make-up of the Ameri-

War II, followed by refugees
from Greece, Hungary,
Egypt,- Romania, Czechos-
lovakia, 'Syria, Iran and
"In the last 10 years,"
Chernick said "more than
35,000 Russian Jews were
helped to establish new
lives in New York City.
However," he pointed out,
"the number of Jewish emi-
grants from the Soviet
Union has deopped pre-
cipitously in the past year,
from 2,798 in 1981 to only
269 in the first five months
of 1982.
NYANA will receive the
Program of the Year Award
from the National Associa-
tion of Jewish Vocational

Senator Urges Independent
Lebanon at Bar-Ilan Dinner

can representation as it was
at the last Congress.
The LZA said the WZO
constitution now re-
quires the holding of
democratic elections for
congress delegates in
every country. It said no
slate can be established if
even one part objects.
Five member-
organizations have de-
manded elections including
the Labor Zionist Alliance,
Pioneer Women - N'Amat,
ARZA (Reform Movement),
MERCAZ (Conservative
Movement) and the Ameri-
cans for Progressive Israel.
ARZA, it was pointed out,
had just been formed and
had not opportunity to par-
ticipate in the elections be-
fore the last congress, and
MERCAZ was not yet in

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