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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-05-04

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Friday, May 4,`1'684

THE7 6ETR611JEWISH NEWS

WIUMWAIL .11EWILUIMS

Europe parliamentarians sign
Soviet Jews' clemency appeal

Paris (JTA) — Members
of the parliaments of 15
European countries are
being asked to sign an ap-
peal to the Soviet Union for
_clemency for Russian Jews
ho have been jailed be-
-- -----ause of their wish to emi-
grate or to propagate
Jewish culture.
The appeal was drafted by
the office of the Interpar-
liamentary European Con-
ference. Jean Poperen,
chairman of the office, said
it has been circulated to the
15 countries participating
in the conference and will be
presented, with the signa-
tures, to the Soviet embas-
sies in each of the countries.
The draft already has been
signed by 300 members of
the Swedish Parliament.
Poperen noted at a press
conference that only 1,314
Jews were allowed to leave
the Soviet Union in 1983,
compared to 51,328 permit-
ted to emigrate in 1979.
The Interparliamentary
Conference for Soviet Jews
will convene in London on
July 3.
In Geneva, a delegation of
five Swiss rabbis headed by
the Chief Rabbi of Zurich,
Mordechai Piron, presented
the Soviet Embassy in Bern
with a letter of protest re-
garding the recent activity

Arab League
hits Salvador
on embassy

United Nations (JTA) —
The transfer by El Salvador
of its embassy in Israel from
Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was
condemned by the 21 mem-
bers of the Arab League in a
letter which said the trans-
fer would have serious
negative impact on their re-
lations with El Salvador.
The letter to UN Secre-
tary General Javier Perez
de Cuellar, published last
Friday, registered the "veh-
ement protest and deep in-
dignation" of the Arab
states over the transfer
which they called "a flag-
rant violation" of Security
Council and General As-
sembly•resolutions.
Specifically, the letter
ted a Security Council
esolution adopted in
August 1980, after Israel
formally declared all of
Jerusalem, including the
Old City, as Israel's eternal
capital.
The letter said the trans-
fer "also constitutes a posi-
tion hostile to the Arab
states and the Palestinian
people, and represents full
support for Israel's aggres-
sive expansionist policy,
and this will have serious
negative repercussions on
Arab relations with El Sal-
vador."

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of the KGB in Odessa. The
KGB confiscated tefilin and
Bibles.
Meanwhile, five Soviet
Jewish activists, including
two former prisoners of con-
science, issued a special
Passover message which
was received by the Student
Struggle for Soviet Jewry
(SSSJ).
They declared that "we,
Jews of the USSR, send our
greetings and best wishes to
the State of Israel and to the
Western Jewish corn-
munities for Passover."
The SSSJ also reported
that Soviet authorities will
seek to imprison Dr. Gir-
gory Goldstein a second
time. The SSSJ said it had
learned Goldstein believed
he would be either a defen-
dant or a witness in an em-
bezzlement involving the
director of the plant where
he works now under inves-
tigation by the Kalinin
regional prosecutor's office.
Goldstein was reported to
have said that the local dis-
trict prosecutor wrote to his
Kalinin colleague recom-
mending that the refusnik
physicist be treated as a
bribe taker.
The SSSJ said that on
April 11, brothers Isai and
Grigory Goldstein sent a
letter to Alexander Rekun-
kov, USSR prosecutor-
general, protesting corrup-
tion among members of the
Communist party, and they
declared a one-day protest
hunger strike for Tuesday,
the USSR holiday of May
Day.
The Passover message
was signed by the Goldstein
brothers; Elizabeta Bykova
of Tibilisi; Ida Nudel, who
was exiled from Moscow to
Bendery; and Lev Furman
of Leningrad, who teaches
Hebrew unofficially. Isa
Goldstein and Nudel are
former prisoners of con-
science.
On a related develop-
ment, two French tourists
were expelled from the
USSR for allegedly having
in their possession what
Soviet officials termed
"Zionist propaganda," the
World Jewish Congress re-
ported.
It also was learned that
the equation of Zionism
with fascism, a frequent
theme in the official Soviet
media, "acquired an
authoritativeness it did not
hitherto possess" when it
became the thesis of an arti-
cle in the Communist Party
Daily Pravda, written by
Vladimir Boshakov, accord-
ing to an analysis published
in London by the Institute of
Jewish Affairs (IJA) in
association with the World
Jewish Congress.
The significance of the
Bolshakov piece, titled
"Fascism and Zionism: The
Roots of Kinship", lies in the

fact that its author is a
writer of considerable
status in Soviet society and
is thus representative of the
mainstream view on
Zionism, the analysis noted.
Furthermore, "Pravda it-
self does not, as a rule, in-
dulge in publishing articles
or cartoons equating
Zionism with fascism or
Nazism."
The analysts found "par-
ticularly disturbing" Bol-
shakov's implication of a
"Zionist 'fifth column' in the
countries of the world —
first and foremost,
presumably, in the USSR
and the Socialist countries."
That was suggested by
the writer's allegation that
Zionists view Jews
throughout the world, no
matter in which country
they live, as obliged to sup-
port the State of Israel in
every possible way.
Other claims of a
Zionist-Fascist kinship
cited by the author are al-
leged collaboration between
Zionists and Nazis during
World War II; common
ideas of "racial purity"; the
practice of "genocide" by Is-
rael in Lebanon; and the
role of Zionism, like fas-
cism, as "a lackey of big cap-
ital and imperialism."

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Jane Fonda
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see refusenik

New York (JTA) — Ac-
tress Jane Fonda returned
this week from the Soviet
Union, where she met with
Jewish refusenik Ida Nudel
who has been denied an exit
visa for emigration to Israel
since 1972 and now lives in
the exile city of Bendery.
"We were the first Wes-
terners to have visited her
in six years," Fonda said in
press conference at the Hil-
ton Hotel Monday, two
hours after she returned
from the five-day trip. She
was accompanied to the
USSR by her press secre-
tary Stephan Rivers, and a
Los Angeles attorney, Mar-
shall Grossman, who is
familiar with Soviet Law.
Fonda said she went to
the Soviet Union to meet
with Nudel and to try to dis-
cuss her case with Soviet of-
ficials. She said that while
she was in
Moscow, she met with V. V.
Kuznetsov, head of Ovir,
the Soviet emigration
agency, and asked for Nudel
to be allowed to emigrate to
Israel to be reunited with
her sister, Elena Fridman,
who lives in Jerusalem.
The Soviet official said
that Nudel's case is an
"internal affair" and that it
is no different than other
cases, Fonda said.

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