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October 17, 1986 - Image 33

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-10-17

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TOMORROW THRU WEDNESDAY

For six days, we'll have a bagful of attractions for the entire family to
enjoy, ending with Celebrity Bag Day on Wednesday, October 22.
On the 22nd a long list of Detroit area celebrities will appear in
the Mall's Centre Court to donate their gently worn clothing and
accessories to the National Council of Jewish Women Greater Detroit
Section for their annual fundraising fashion spree on November 9
and 10 at the Southfield Civic Center.
We'll also have activities throughout the week, including:

BAG PIPE CONCERTS

Friday,
Sunday,
Monday,
Tuesday,
Wednesday,

Oct. 17
Oct. 19
Oct. 20
Oct. 21
Oct. 22

7:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m.

DOUG SCHEER'S BAG OF TRICKS MAGIC SHOWS

Saturday,

Oct. 18

2:00 p.m.
and 6:00 p.m.

DEMONSTRATION-MAKING HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
FROM PAPER BAGS

Tuesday,

Oct. 21

Tel

4:30 p.m.

Mall

12 Mile and Telegraph Roads, Southfield, 353-4111
Open 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily, Sunday noon - 5 p.m.
Featuring Crowley's, Montgomery Ward, K-Mart, and 60 other stores and restaurants.

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Friday, October 17, 1986

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Sakharov

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Jewish prisoners of con-
science, and a safe and secure
Israel.
As early as 1970, Sakharov
monitored the trial of the
nine Jews and two non-Jews
who had sought to divert a
plane from Leningrad to
Sweden, an incident that cap-
tured the world's attention
and dramatized the plight of
those seeking to leave the
USSR. The next year, to-
gether with the other two
members of the Committee
on Human Rights, he called
on the Kremlin leadership "to
end the persecution of repat-
riates (Soviet Jews seeking to
leave for Israel) and to stop
violating the right to leave
the country."
1973,
September
In
Sakharov sent a letter to the
U.S. Congress supporting the
withholding of most-favored-
nation trade status until
Soviet citizens were given the
right to emigrate. "In our
country there are tend of
thousands of citizens ... who
wish to emigrate and who,
with endless difficulties and
humiliations, for years and
years on end have been
struggling to obtain this
right." The next year both
houses of Congress over-
whelmingly passed the his-
toric Jackson-Vanik Amend-
ment linking U.S. trade pol-
icy with Communist coun-
tries' policy on emigration.
In October 1973, two ter-
rorists seized Soviet Jewish
hostages in Austria and de-
manded the closing of the
Schoenau camp, the transit
site for Soviet Jews proceed-
ing to Israel. Chancellor
Kreisky acceded to the de-
mand, provoking outrage
from Andrei Sakharov. "It is
extremely painful for us to
hear that two terrorists could
blackmail whole nations on
whom we placed our hope,"
Sakharov wrote. "That is a
dreadful thing not only for
our Jewish emigrants, but for
all men who oppose bondage
and terror."
Shortly thereafter, the Yom
Kippur War broke out. Reut-
ers reported that on Oct 21,
two guerrillas claiming to be-
long to Black September
entered Sakharov's Moscow
flat, cut his telephone wires
and threatened him with re-
prisals if he did not remain
"silent on the Arab-Israeli
war and cease active support.
for Israel."
In 1975, while the United
Nations was considering the
infamous "Zionism is racism"
resolution, Sakharov warned
the world body against' sanc-
tioning anti-Semitism. "If
this resolution is adopted," he
stated, "it can only contribute
to anti-Semitic tendencies in
many countries, by giving
them the appearance of in-
ternational legality. No less
important is that this resolu-
tion indirectly denies the
lawfulness of the existence of
the State of Israel and
thereby contradicts the spirit

and letter of the most impor-
tant U.N. decisions on this
question."
years,
the
Through
Sakharov has continued to
speak out for the right of
emigration and Jewish cul-
ture and against the persecu-
tion of Jewish activists, in-
cluding his friend Anatoly
Shcharansky. Indeed, in an
interview with the Jerusalem
Post shortly after arriving in
Israel, Shcharansky referred
to Sakharov as "the con-
science of the Soviet Union."
And the Knesset, the Weiz-
mann Institute and other
leading Israeli institutions
have honored Sakharov.
As the United States and
the Soviet Union enter a new
round of high-level bilateral
diplomacy, the Jewish com-
munity and its friends are
vigorously mobilizing to press
demands for increased Jewish
emigration and an end to re-
pression of Jews. Never in re-
cent memory has the situa-
tion of Soviet Jews been
worse. At the same time,
there is an unparalleled
opportunity to demonstrate
support for Andrei Sakharov
and Elena Bonner.
Some have argued that to
extend overt Jewish support
to the beleaguered couple
might only complicate their
situation. After all, Sakharov
is not Jewish and his wife is
half-Jewish, half-Armenian.
Could not Jewish support
hurt them in the Kremlin's
eyes? Frankly, it is hard to
imagine their situation being
any more difficult than it al-
ready is. But more appeals to
public officials and interna-
tional bodies , can only
strengthen the worldwide
campaign on the Sakharovs'
behalf.
Still others contend that it
would be inappr3priate to
"mix" the Sakharov case with
that of Soviet Jewry. Accord-
ing to this view, Soviet Jewry
is a unique issue that must
not be confused with human-
rights questions. Soviet Jews
are not seeking the liberali-
zation of the Soviet state,
only their right to repatria-
tion and family reunification.
To mix their cause with dis-
sident concerns might dam-
age chances for further emig-
ration. But the Sakharov case
is so 'unique — and embodies
such overriding moral issues
that • we must find every
appropriate channel to press
for an end to their exile.
Could our conscience per-
mit us to do any less?

IDF Manpower

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Gen.
Natan Vilnai, chief of the Is-
rael Defense Force manpower
division has warned that the
IDF will soon face a crisis
with respect to career mili-
tary personnel. In the past
two years, more regular
soldiers left the army for civi-
lian life than had been an-
ticipated, he said.

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