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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-12-21

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Friday, December 21 1984 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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New York (JTA) — The Na-
tional Conference on Soviet Jewry
has expressed "grave concern"
over the conditions of three
Jewish activists and Hebrew
teachers currently awaiting trial,
Aleksandr Kholmiansky, Yuli
Edelstein and Yakov Mesh.
Kholmiansky, arrested in July
for allegedly "possessing weapons
and ammunition," is currently in
the third month of a hunger strike
begun to protest the beatings he
received when he arrived in
prison.
Although a medical commis-
sion which recently examined
Kholmiansky at the request of
Soviet authorities determined his
condition was "not life-
thratening," medical experts
have noted in the past that such a
lengthy fast can produce irrever-
sible physical damage.

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While variables such as the in-
dividual's weight and general
health must be considered, nutri-
tion experts at Cornell University
Medical School estimate that a
hunger striker can sustain life for
30-35 days if water is ingested.
Edelstein, detained on charges
of "drug possession" since Sep-
tember, has recently completed
seven days in solitary confine-
ment, according to the NCSJ. He
is also on a hunger strike follow-
ing the confiscation of religious
articles he had with him in the
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The 35s, Women's Campaign for Soviet Jewry, dressed in prison garb
and chained themselves together fora march from the Finnish Embassy
to the American Embassy in Washington to protest the Soviet violations
of human rights.

a result of a beating he received
upon arrival at the prison. After
sustaining injuries to the lower
abdomen and liver, he is diag-
nosed as suffering from hepatitis.
No trial date has been set for
Mesh, who is charged with al-
legedly "resisting arrest" and "re-
fusing to give testimony."
Meanwhile, Kiev refusenik
Iosif Berenshtein, charged with
allegedly "resisting arrest," was
convicted and sentenced to four
years imprisonment on Dec. 10,
the NCJS learned. The maximum
penalty for the charge is five
years.
Berenshtein, a 47-year-old
engineer, was arrested on Nov. 12
while in nearby Novograd Vil-
insky to answer allegations of
economic crimes made against his
aunt, which have since been drop-
ped.
The NCSJ's Lawyers Commit-

tee noted that the warrant for this
arrest was dated Nov. 13, leaving
questions concerning the legality
of the procedure, as well as the
initial grounds for his arrest.
Since his arrest Berenshtein's
wife, Faina, and his daughter
have been threatened with simi-
lar action.

Storm rocks
Israel coast

In a recent development, Yuri
Shtern, spokesman for the Soviet
Jewry Education and Research
Center in Jerusalem, was in
Washington earlier this month to
meet with government agencies,
Congressmen and their staffs.
In a meeting with Congressmen
Bob Lagornarsino (R-Calif.) and
Ben Gilman (R-N.Y.), Shtern de-
scribed the recent harsh
crackdown against Hebrew
teachers and religious activists in
the Soviet Union. "The Jews in
the Soviet Union are at a very
critical place right now," Shtern
said. "It is important for influen-
tial U.S. and European
policymakers to speak out against
these outrageous acts."
Meanwhile, Dr. Alexander
Tiemkin, a Soviet Jewish dissi-
dent who was allowed to immig-
rate to Israel, has issued a plea for
his daughter, Marina, who has
not been able to leave Russia.
In 1973, the then 13-year-old
Marina was kidnapped by the
authorities from her father, after
both had received exit visas for
Israel, the Student Struggle for
Soviet Jewry reported.
Dr. Tiemkin was forced from
the USSR several months later,
and has continued his campaign
calling for the release of his
daughter. Dr. Teimkin is associ-
ated with Tel Aviv University.

Tel Aviv (JTA) — A heavy
storm swept Israel last Wednes-
day and Thursday with torrential
rains and winds of up to 60 miles ,
an hour registered in Arad. Roads
in many parts of the country were
flooded, traffic lights put out of
order, and there were intermit-
tent breaks in the electric power
supply. Work in the Haifa and
Ashdod ports came to a temporary
halt.
Farmers in general were
pleased by the rains, which ex-
tended as far south as the parched
northern Negev area.

Captors rape
woman soldier

Yuli Edelstein

Although the investigation of
Edelstein's case is now complete
and he is expected to be tried
shortly, the lawyer retained by
Edelstein's wife, Tanya, now
claims that he has been "made di-
rty" by the case, and that he is
"unable" to defend him.
Finally, Mesh is reported as
"dangerously ill" by the NCSJ as

Tel Aviv (JTA) — The chief
police pathologist confirmed that
Hadass Kedmi, a 20 year-old
woman soldier whose remains
were found two weeks after she
disappeared on Nov. 29, was
raped repeatedly by her captors
for about a week before they mur-
dered her.
The police are continuing their
investigation of the crime under a
tight lid of secrecy.

Yakov Mesh

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