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fice when he raised the sub-
ject of the Saved brothers."
Nonetheless, Dr. Kahn noted,
almost as soon as the U.S.
congressmen had left
Damascus, Eli and Selim
were removed from the
dungeons.
But it's hardly enough, Dr.
Kahn complained, commen-
ting that the administration
had recently stated that
"modest progress had been
made" in the matter of Syrian
Jewry. Noting that in 1989 a
total of 24 Syrian Jews were
permitted to leave, in 1990
just 12 Jews left, and in 1991
not a single one, Dr. Kahn
said, "It is interesting what
the administration defines as
`progress,' let alone 'modest.'
With everyone still in awe
at the dramatic rescue of
14,000 Ethiopian Jews from
Addis Ababa in a single
weekend, it is incumbent that
the issue of Syrian Jews be
worked on now, said Dr.
Kahn. He stressed three
points:

• Syrian Jewry "is not a
peace process issue, but a
human rights issue," and
should be totally separated
from the topic of Israeli-Arab
peace talks;
• The House of Represen-
tatives' foreign aid authoriza-
tion bill, which was adopted
on June 18, includes specific
language about Syrian Jews,
and its implementation
carefully
be
should
monitored;
• Public attention must be
increasingly focused on the
plight of specific prisoners,
such as the Sweds and the
Kastikas.
"We are not talking about
mass demonstrations," said
Dr. Kahn, "as we anticipate
negative reactions to such
public protests from the Arab
mentality. But we need to ad-
dress our own officials much
more forcefully, explain
things to them and insist that
they act. The Bush ad-
ministration and the State
Department view everything
within 100 miles of the Mid-
dle East as a peace process
issue. They have to be per-
suaded that this is a human
rights issue, and also be made
to understand that they have
to start seeing the incarcera-
tion of 4,000 Syrian Jews as
more important than they
have to date."
"There is a narrow window
of opportunity for us to do
something to save the rem-
nant of Syrian Jewry. But we
need your help — the Jewish
press, the general press, the
public at large. We cannot,
must not, abandon our Syrian
brethren in distress." ❑

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