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April 13, 1984 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-04-13

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Friday, April 13, 1984


Women's Soviet Jewry parley
focuses on separated families


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Washington (JTA) — A
Canadian who participated
with American, Canadian,
British, Dutch and Israeli
wives of members of Con-
gress and Parliaments in a
three-day conference on
Soviet Jewry stressed that
their concern for the issue
was over the plight of sepa-
rated families.
"What we are doing is not
political," nor is there any
`ulterior' motive, Penni Col-
linette, wife of Canadian
Liberal MP David Col-
linette, said at a news con-
ference at the end of the In-
ternational Conference of
Parliamentary Spouses for
Soviet Jewry.
"What we are doing as
wives and mothers is caring
about families," she said.
"We are caring about
families that are not
allowed to be together."
Collinette added that the
women were also asking
"why a powerful country
such as the Soviet Union,
with the Russian well-
known love of the family,
would do this sort of thing."
Helen Jackson, widow of
Sen. Henry Jacoson (D-
Wash.) and founding co-
chairman of the Congres-
sional Wives for Soviet
Jewry, noted that the con-
ference came at a bleak time
for Soviet Jews with only 51
allowed to emigrate in
March. But she said she was
"pleased with the renewed
commitment" by the 22
wo-men who participated
this week and their deter-
mination that the effort for
Soviet Jewry must be "in-
The Congressional Wives
wa' founded in 1978 under
the sponsorship of the Na-
tional Conference on Soviet
Jewry. In April 1983, they
held a meeting with the
Canadian Parliamentary
Spouses Association in Ot-
tawa. The first interna-
tional conference which
concluded last week will be
followed up by a second con-
ference in London in 1985.
Valerie Cocks of Great
Britain said that the U.S.
and Canadian groups have
inspired the European Par-
liamentary wives to form
their own organization. She
. said that she hoped that the
meeting in London will in-
clude women from all West
European countries.
Markye Van Den Bergh
of the Netherlands said she
found it "remarkable" that
non-Jews were so deeply in-
volved in the issue since the
efforts of Soviet Jewry in
Holland was carried out ex-
clusively by Jewish groups.
She said she planned to
change the situation.
Tamara Barley, wife of
Israeli MK Haim Barley,
and Nitza Ben-Elisar, wife
of Likud MK Eliahu Ben-
Elisar, expressed Israel's
gratitude for the efforts the
women were making. Mrs.
Ben-Elisar said that Israel
is "ready and willing and
anxious" to receive all the
Jews of the USSR in their
"historic homeland."
Mrs. Barley said "the
Jews have no future in Rus-

sia" but she believed that
"there is a chance the Soviet
Union will let them go to Is-
rael, and only to Israel" be-
cause "to some extent, they
do recognize Israel as the
homeland of the Jewish
Although the Canadian
spouses group was refused
twice by the Soviet Ambas-
sador to Canada, Mrs.
Jackson said that Soviet
Ambassador to Washing-
ton, Anatoly Dobrynin, re-
fused to see the Congres-
sional wives after the Ot-
tawa meeting last year or to
meet with the international
group here last week.
The women adopted a
resolution which will be
presented to the Soviet Am-
bassadors in their respec-
tive countries. It said they
"are resolved:
"To press for the release of
the prisoners of conscience
in the USSR — most nota-
bly Anatoly Shcharansky
and Iosif Begun who were
sentenced to especially long
"To press for the reunifi-
cation of families — most
notably" Ida Nudel, Vla-
dimir Tsukerman, Vladimir
Slepak and Vladimir
"To urge the USSR to
allow those who desire, the
right to observe, study and
practice their religion, lan-
guage and culture.
authorities by all means
available to adhere to in-
ternationally accepted
standards of human rights
behavior and the human
rights provisions they
pledged to respect in the
Helsinki Final Act and

other international cove-
The resolution also said
they would seek to have
Soviet Ambassadors in
their countries "enter into
dialogues on Soviet Jewry"
and pledge the women "to
continue our national and
international efforts by in-
volving similar groups from
other countries."

* * *

POC Kislak
back in Kiev

New York (JTA) — Pris-
oner of conscience Vladimer
Kislak, who had served one
year in a labor camp and
two years "working for the
national economy," has re-
turned to his home town of
Kiev, it was reported Mon-
day by the National Confer-
ence on Soviet Jewry
The 49-year-old physicist
has been waiting 11 years to
join his wife Evgeny and son
Maksim in Israel. He plans
to renew his application to
emigrate, the NCSJ re-
Kislak was arrested in
March 1981, and sentenced
to two months later to three
years in a labor camp for
"malicious. hooliganism."
The sentence was changed
in 1982.
According to the NCSJ,
he participated in a Moscow
seminar on Jewish culture
in 1976. He was tried on a
trumped-up charge of al-
legedly attacking a woman
on a street. .Aware that
there were no witnesses to
the supposed incident, the
judge pronounced that they
were "unnecessary because
all the facts are known," the
NCSJ said.

Reagan reiterates his
support for State of Israel

New York (JTA) —
President Reagan told a
group of some 120 Jewish
leaders, members of the
Jewish Community. Rela-
tions Council (JCRC) of
New York, that there is an
alliance between Israel and
the United States and that
if Israel is expelled from the
United Nations, "We will
walk out with her."
Reagan met with the
Jewish leaders last week in
a private meeting in New
York. His remarks at the
meeting were conveyed
later at a press conference
by Mrs. Peggy Tishman,
president of the JCRC, and
Malcolm Hoenlein, its
executive director.
According to Tishman,
Reagan said that the "ugli-
ness of anti-Semitism" still
existed, pointing out that
the "so-called anti-Zionism"
in the United Nations, "is
just another mask for vici-
ous anti-Semitism that the
United States will not
Tishman said that the
President said that he had
instructed U.N. Ambas-
sador Jeane Kirkpatrick to
fight against the 1975 Gen-
eral Assembly resolution
equating Zionism with ra-

Tishman also said that, in
response to a question re-
garding the move of the
American embassy from Tel
Aviv to Jerusalem, the
President replied that the
issue should be "part of the
Camp David negotiations."
Any attempt to change the
status of Jerusalem will pre-
judge the issues before
negotiations, the President
reportedly said.
Hoenlein said that the
President stressed the spe-
cial relations between Is-
rael and the United States
and noted that the Ameri-
can commitment to Israel is
based not only on moral
consideration but on
strategic values as well.
Hoenlein also quoted the
President as saying that the
United States is determined
to fight terrorism and that
terrorism is a form of "war-
fare" and "a scourge" that
should be fought against.
Reagan arrived in New
York two days after the
state's Democratic primary
in which former Vice
President Walter Mondale
and Senator Gary Hart
made the MideaSt and the
moving of the U.S. Embassy
to Jerusalem a major issue.

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