6 Friday, August 3, 1984
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Paris (JTA) — A total of
118 Jewish families in the
Soviet Union have written
President Francois Mitter-
rand asking him to help
them obtain exit visas and
leave for Israel. A copy of
the letter was made avail-
able to French reporters in
The 118 families from
Moscow, Leningrad, Odessa
and other major cities said
they "feel no hostility
towards the Soviet Union"
but want to leave for their Discussing their 50-minute meeting with Soviet officials in
own country, Israel. They San Francisco are from left: Reps. Gerald Kleczka, Thomas
said their departure is ur- Foglietta and Sander Levin.
gent because of their "un-
LeeNevas, chairman of
Jewish sources say that raeli President Ephraim
over 25,000 Jews in the Katzir by the Leningrad the AJCommittee's Inter-
Soviet Union are still wait- KGB on July 1, the detain- national Relations Com-
ing for their exit visas. The ment of U.S. diplomats Jon mission, made public the re-
Soviet authorities have Purnell and George Glass sults of the study, conducted
granted only 222 visas dur- for two hours by the Moscow by Allan L. Kagedan, AJ-
ing the first four months of KGB on July 4, and the re- Committee policy analyst
fusal by Soviet authorities and Soviet affairs specialist.
Meanwhile, Aleksandr to grant Soviet citizens who
Kagedan is an associate
Yakir, a 29-year-old Jewish are married to Americans of Sidney Liskofsky, pro-
refusenik from Moscow, was
gram director of the AJ-
scheduled to go on trial last
Katzir said that after Committee's Jacob Blaus-
Thursday of charges of three KGB agents blocked tein Institute for the Ad-
"draft evasion," according his attempt to visit a Soviet vancement of Human
to the National Conference Jew, they took him to an Rights.
on Soviet Jewry (NCSJ).
Last year, according to
office where they ques-
Yakir was arrested on tioned him about his move- the study, a group of high
June 18. Threatened with ments in the Soviet Union. school teachers of gifted
induction into the army
Katzir stated he was "de- mathematics students con-
since his graduation from eply offended" by this inci- ducted a survey of 1983 ad-
the Moscow Technical Insti- dent and noted that the missions to Moscow Univer-
tute in 1977, he now faces KGB officers knew he had sity's physics and technical
three years imprisonment.
institute and mathematics
been President of Israel.
In a highly unusual ac-
The report explained that department.
tion for those arrested for the July 4 incident occurred
The random survey iden-
non-violent crime, the when the two U.S. dip- tified three categories of
NCSJ reported that Yakir lomats tried to meet with applicants: those with
was held in Moscow's Lina Tumanova, a Moscow "Jew" stamped on their
Butyrka Prison pending human rights activist with identification papers; those
trial rather than merely whom they had been in con- with one Jewish grand-
having to sign a statement tact.
parent; and those with no
pledging not to leave Mos-
The CSCE report added Jewish ancestry at all.
Kagedan states, "Of the
that dissident sources af-
The Yakir family has terwards told The Los students with no Jewish
been waiting since 1973 for Angeles Times
that ties, 76 percent were admit-
permission to emigrate to Tumanova had been active ted to the physics and math-
Israel. The NCSJ reported in Moscow for a number of ematics departments.
that the Yakir family be- years in human rights Fifty-six percent with some
lieves that they have been groups which the KGB had Jewish ancestry also gained
denied permission to leave attempted to suppress. admission. But only 14 per-
the Soviet Union because Soviet emigres in the U.S. cent of Jewish students
Aleksandr's grandfather reported that Tumanova were admitted."
and great-uncle were gen- was active in signing open
At the same time, accord-
erals in the Soviet Army, letters in support of various ing to Kagedan, the Anti-
both of whom were later political prisoners, particu- Zionist Committee of the
shot during the Stalinist larly from the Ukraine.
Soviet Public is 'staging
Further evidence of the press conferences, using
Another relative, Alek- official Soviet campaign to Jews who seek to refute
sandr's uncle, Pietr, was discourage unofficial con- claims that anti-Semitism
jailed after a show trial in tacts between Soviet citi- exists in the Soviet Union's
1972 for documenting zens and foreigners can be schools of higher education.
abuses of political prisoners found in a new Soviet law
Nevas and Rabbi Marc H.
in the Soviet Union.
which went into effect on Tanenbaum, AJCommittee
In a related development, July 1, and was published in international relations di-
the recently intensified the Bulletin of the Supreme rector, announced that
Soviet campaign to curtail Soviet on May 30. This law copies of the study are being
informal contacts between provides for fines of up to 50 made available to U.S. Con-
Soviet citizens and for- rubles for citizens who pro- gressmen concerned with
eigners was highlighted by vide transportation, hous- human rights.
several incidents last ing or "other services" to
In Washington, a small
group of students staged a
These were summarized
In New York it was re- hunger strike across the
in the monthly digest on ported that the Soviet street from the Soviet Em-
monitoring activities issued Union is continuing to prac- bassy July 24 to express sol-
by the Commission on Secu- tice discrimination against idarity with 100 people on a
rity and Cooperation in Jews in graduate fields of similar strike in Riga and
education, according to a Leningrad to protest the
As examples of the Soviet study just published by the three-year prison term
Union's stepped-up cam- American Jewish Commit- given to Zakher Zunshain
paign, the digest cited the tee's International Rela- recently for "anti-Soviet
detainment of former Is- tions Department. ,