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December 18, 1987 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-12-18

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"My message to the Soviets is
that you are on trial until
every Jew in the Soviet Union
who wants to leave gets to
leave.
"We are not the prosecutors,
but you are the accused,"
Levin said.
At issue, Grossman said, is
the Soviet's deteriorating
economy. Despite the ap-
parent differences between
the Soviet Union and the
United States, he said each
country seeks domestic
security.
Jewish people in the Soviet
Union are well educated and
among the country's en-
trepreneurs, Grossman said.
Jews have the skills that Gor-
bachev needs to turn around
the decaying economy.
"He needs people who can
bring revitalization,"
Grossman said of Gorbachev.
"He is sincere — if you listen.
He is sincere about revitaliz-
ing the economy, but that
do es not include
humanitarian rights."
The Soviets, Grossman said,
probably will allow visible ac-
tivists who have applied for
visas to leave the country. He
fears, however, that the
Soviets' doors may soon be
shut to freedom.
. Slowly, Grossman said, the
Soviets have been affording
more privileges to their
Jewish citizens. Some can
keep kosher kitchens.
"He hopes the slow
assimilation will reduce
pressure for emigration,"
Grossman said. "He never
said he would improve human
relations."
Gorbachev has been labeled
a public relations genius who
shows little emotion and is
confident. Government wat-
chdogs believe he appears
sincere.
"I'm afraid sincerity was
echoed throughout the sum-
mit," Grossman said. "He
made it very clear that a
brain drain from emigration
would jeopardize his plans:'
Grossman said Reagan
made the human rights issue
a priority during the summit.
It was the first issue on the
agenda.
He said the State Depart-
ment has made some progress
and that the Soviets now will
discuss individual cases more
freely.
"We are not satisfied," he
added. "We will not stop and
quiet down until the numbers
increase."
The plea for human rights
ended with the release of hun-
dreds of balloons with printed
messages into the air. Called
the "Launch for Freedom,"
each balloon contained the
name and address of a Soviet
Jew.

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