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August 23, 1985 - Image 11

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Friday, August 23, 1985 11

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Continued from Page 8

U.S, should have given the
Smile& the trade benefits, in
1979 when emigration was high.
Levine suggested that a . sub-
sequent removal of the benefits
"would have beei a powerful re-
sponse" to the Soviets' closing of
emigration. It could be argued
that our failure to use the carrot
of Jackson-Vanik in 1979 has
precluded our ability to use it as
a stick more recently," she said.
"We have to ask ourselves
whether our posture of resisting
the use of Jackson-Vanik un-
dermined what is in fact a very
powerful weapon."
She urged "that we recognize
its full potential and confront
how and when it ought to be
used?
In response, the Union of
Councils for Soviet Jews, in its
most recent publication, re-
printed an October 1983 article
by Dr. William Korey, Director
of International Policy Research
of B'nai B'rith International, de-
fending the amendment.
The Council warned: "With
the Jackson-Vanik Amendment
coming under considerable criti-
cism of late, and with pressure
being placed on the Administra-
tion and Congress to ease re-
strictions, the historical facts re-
lated below serve as a reminder
of the importance of continued
support for the amendment.
Korey, in his article, wrote:
"The fact is Jackson-Vanik has
worked to the benefit of all
mankind by underscoring the
right of persons to leave a na-
tion „ , Jackson-Vanik was the
first piece of American legisla-
tion that was inspired by the
Universal Declaration of Human

,

Rights — specifically Article
XIII, the right of everyone to

leave any country."
Soviet officials in the United

States have indeed recently
stepped up their efforts to court
the American Jewish comma-
nity, There have been some un-
publicised meetings, for in-
stance, between Soviet dip-
lomats in the United States and
American Jewish leaders, There
is still a strong possibility thi t
User Brahman, President
the World Jewish Congress, will
be invited to Moscow in the
woke ahead,
The Soviets have told the
Jewish _leaden what the Soviet
Ambameedor to Paris, Yurl slop
told his is•
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In Washington, for example,
lawmakers are once again in-
creasing their visibility on the
issue. There are numerous Con-
gressional representations to the
Soviet leadership. Typical was a
July 17 letter from Republican
Representative John Porter of
Illinois to Foreign Minister
Shevardnadz:
"As you assume yciur new
position as Foreign Minister, I
would like to call your attention
to a situation that has serious
ramificatioris for the relations
between our two nations — the

There is no doubt
that both Reagan
and Shultz are
deeply committed to
helping Soviet Jews.

denial of exit visas to Soviet
citizens. In amy role as co-
chairman' of the Congressional
Human Rights Caucus, I know
that my concern over this situa-
tion is shared by many of my
colleagues in the House of
Representatives."
Porter went on to cite the case
of Tamara Livshite Tretyekova
and her son Mark of Moscow,
both of whom have been denied
permission to leave. She is mar-
ried to an American citizen,
Simon Levin of Deerfield, Il-
linois. "During the past six
years, she has applied re-
peatedly for an exit visa and has
been refused each time," Porter
wrote. "For your information I
have enclosed copies of corre-
spondence I have previously
sent to government officials on
this issue,
"As you know, the right of
free emigration is guaranteed
under the Helsinki Accords, the
Universal Declaration of Human
Rights and other international

agreements to which` the USSR
is a signator, Therefore, I urge
you to intervene on behalf of the
Tretyekova family and allow
them to emirate to the United
States andJointheir husband
and father, At a time when both
of our countries have em-
phasized a desire to improve m-
istime, it is important that your
country demonstrate a commit-
ment to peace through
hignialtorian gestures,"
There is no doubt that both
Hewn and Shells are deeply
coumittod to helping Soviet
Jews, They have spoken of the
matter on many public ova-
Woo, 'rimy ribs the Issue — as
do other senior U.S. oAlciaiaa
during oh000t all substantive
tihooloolon with the Soviets,
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