Anti-Zionist Diatribe May Signal Closing of Gates
NEW YORK (JTA) — The anti-Zionist manifesto signed by eight prominent Soviet
Jews and published in Pravda last Friday "might presage a period in which the iron gates
of the USSR could be padlocked shut against any Jewish exit," two SOviet Jewry groups
warned this week.
According to the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) and the Union of Councils
for Soviet Jews -(UCSJ), the document's assertion that Russian Jews are "citizens of the
USSR, part and parcel of the Soviet people" makes it clear that any Jew who wishes to go
to Israel or applies for emigration "can be classified as an enemy of the state_and treated
The two groups pointed out that another article under the byline of Tsezar Soladar, a•
Jewish journalist, which appeared in the March 9 edition of Literaturnaya Gazeta,
distingushed between capitalists, backers of Israeli Premier Menahem Begin and ordi-
nary workers. Both represent "the newest and most frightening aspect yet of the Krem-
lin's anti-Semitic campaign," the groups said.
The anti-Zionist manifesto was signed by Gen. David Dragunsky and law
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Administration Warns Arabs
Not to Lose 'Unique Moment'
WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Reagan Administration warned the Arab world this week that it must
seize "a unique moment" before it is lost and come to the negotiating table which, it stressed, was the only
place where the Palestinian problem could be solved.
The warning came after Palestine Liberation Organization chief Yasir Arafat left Amman for Kuwait
without giving King Hussein of Jordan the green light the King said he needs to enter the negotiations for
autonomy for the Palestinians on the West Bank and Gaza.
"What is needed is a prompt move to the negotiating table," State DepartMent spokesman
John Hughes said. "It is only there that a solution to the Palestinian problem in all its aspects can
be found." He said that President Reagan's Sept. 1 Middle East peace initiative, "based on UN
Security Council Resolution 242, provides the best means for accomplishing that goal."
"King Hussein has taken the lead in recognizing the opportunity currently available for revitalizing
the peace process," Hughes added. "We hope that others as well will recognize that this is a unique moment
_ _ which must be seized before it is lost and
that they will support the King in his de-
sire to move forward toward peace."
The statement seemed to be aimed at
Arafat or beyond him, the Arab League
TEL AVIV (JTA) — A Swiss doctor representing the Inter- - • summit conference that is expected to be
national Red Cross has confirmed the findings of the Israeli
held in Morocco April 16 17. But Hughes
Health Ministry that no poisonous substance was involved in the
to be specific. He noted that there
mystery ailment which felled nearly 600 persons on the West
been a great deal of talk, Hus-
Bank, most of them teenage Arab girls.
to people, Arafat talking to
Dr. Franz Altherr reported to Health Minister Eliezer Shos-
people and it was time to bring the talks to
tak that his investigations on the West Bank, discussions with
West Bank and Israeli physicians and with some of the girls
afflicted with the illness showed absolutely no indication of
But at the same time, Hughes denied
that the U.S. was "disappointed" that the
The Health Ministry and army medical offiCials came to
latest talks in Amman between Arafat and
the same conclusion last week. Nevertheless, two epide-
Hussein had not ended with Hussein an-
miologists from the United States Centers for 'Disease
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Red Cross Doctor Says
Arab Girls Not Poisoned
Some 35 Jewish youngsters from Ethiopia who
immigrated to Israel in recent years spent last sum-
mer "camping" • at Talpiot Hadera Youth Aliya Vil-
lage. Funded by the Jewish Agency, a beneficiary of
Detroit's Allied Jewish Campaign, the Youth Aliya
program is marking its 50th anniversary this year.
The program has aided more than 200,000 Jewish
youngsters adjust to a new life in Israel. (See story on
Anniversary Marks Valiant Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
The 40th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising is the historic occurrence of heroism and resistance,
marking the spiritual triumph of a small band of Jews who fought the powerful Nazi army, and the
recollections of that memorable experience will dominate the observance of the annual tribute to the victims
of the Holocaust.
The heroes of that revolt will be memorialized at the Shaarit Haplaytah event at Bnai David 1 p.m.
Sunday and at assemblies throughout the world.
It will be the occasion to pay tribute to Emmanuel Ringelblum, whose memoirs and the retention of his
chronicled account of the occurrences serve to perpetuate the horrors of that era.
Ringelblum was one of the foremost historians in Poland and was chairman of the YIVO
Historians' Circle. It was organized during the German occupation of Noland as an institution with
the deceptive title Oneg Shabat to gather and preserve documents on the Holocaust and the Jewish
resistance. The documents were placed in tin receptacles and milk cans and were buried in the
ground. They were unearthed after the war and became the reminder of what had occurred.
Ringelblum was murdered on March 7, 1944. On March 1, less than a week before his capture in "Aryan"
Warsaw and his tragic death, Ringelblum wrote a letter to the Yiddish Scientific Institute (YIVO), the
Yiddish Pen Club, Sholem -Asch, H. Leivick, J. Opatoshu and R. Mahler:
"We write to you at a time when 95 percent of the Polish Jews have already died in the throes of horrible
tortures in the gas chambers Of the annihilation centers in Treblinka, Sobibor, Chelmno, Oswiecim or were
slaughtered during the numberless 'liquidation campaigns' in the ghettos and camps. The fate of the small
number of Jews who still vegetate and suffer in the few concentration camps has also already been deter-
"Perhaps there will survive a small group of Jews who are hidden in the 'Aryan districts' in the constant
fear of death or who wander through the woods like hunted animals. That any of us, the community workers,
who carry on under conditions of two-fold secrecy, will outlive the war, we greatly doubt. We, therefore, want
to take this means to tell you in brief about those activities which link us most closely to you.
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These milk cans and other metal containers were buried in
the Warsaw Ghetto by Emanuel Ringelblum and his "Oneg
Shabat" organization. The cans contained -the Jewish record of
the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.