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October 21, 1994 - Image 54

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-10-21

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Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union arrive in Israel.

the Student Struggle for Soviet
Jewry. "When you're so close, you
don't give up."
The statement issued by the
National Conference is directed
at Russia, which is considered the
successor state to the former So-
viet Union, said Levin of the Na-
tional Conference. "We will deal
with each of (the other successor)
countries on a case-by-case ba-
sis," he said.
The statement was approved
unanimously by the National Con-
ference's Board of Governors, dur-
ing a telephone conference call.
It reads: "Following an exten-
sive review of the evolution of
Russia's emigration practices and
policies, the National Conference
on Soviet Jewry concludes that
the Russian Federation contin-
ues to make significant progress
in this area."

It later adds that "based on
these developments," the Na-
tional Conference "will recom-
mend and support a presidential
determination that Russia is in
compliance" with Jackson-Vanik.
Mr. Levin said the National
Conference took the action "be-
cause we believe that it is impor-
tant to recognize continued
progress by the Russian govern-
ment, and we felt with the up-
coming summit, along with the
ongoing progress, that this was
an appropriate time to make this
decision."
Added Mr. Wexler: "Certainly,
from all the reports we have re-
ceived, including our regular con-
tacts with the Vaad — the
organization of Russian commu-
nities — free emigration from the
Russian Republic is a reality." 0

T H E D E T RO I T J E W IS H N E WS

Envoy Urges Investment
By Jews In Morocco

Rabat, Morocco (JTA) — The
same forces driving young Jews
out of Morocco — a lack of jobs
and economic instability — are
taking a toll on all Moroccans, ac-
cording to Marc Ginsberg, the
U.S. ambassador to Morocco.
For that reason, Mr. Ginsberg,
the first Jew to hold his post,
would like the United States to
work in partnership with Moroc-
co to increase trade and econom-
ic opportunities.
"Thousands and thousands of
young Moroccans need jobs," said
Mr. Ginsberg during a recent
group interview at the U.S. Em-
bassy in Rabat.
"The American Jewish com-
munity should understand that
Morocco is open for business," he
said. "The best way, the most
tangible way, is not only to come
here, but to come here and invest
and support the political process."
An international trade lawyer
who has served in both the Carter
and Clinton administrations, Mr.
Ginsberg came to his post with

distinctive credentials. Educated
as a child in Israel, he speaks He-
brew and Arabic, and holds de-
grees in both law and Islamic
affairs from Georgetown Univer-
sity.
According to Mr. Ginsberg,
Morocco's King Hassan II brings
to his position 30 years of expe-
rience as a statesman, with a "vi-
sion and understanding and
appreciation of the Middle East."
As a result of the king's expe-
rience, Mr. Ginsberg said, King
Hassan was able to serve as a
mediator between Israel and the
Palestinians and ease the way for
last September's signing of the
declaration of principles in Wash-
ington.
"The importance of Morocco is
as a pivotal player in the peace
process," Mr. Ginsberg said. "The
American Jewish community
needs to (hear) more that Moroc-
co deserves credit."
"American Jewish leaders
should liric - p behind the king,"
Mr. Ginsberg said.

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