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40,000 Israelis Sign Petition Seeking Emigration of Jews from Russia

Forty thousand Israelis have, thus far, signed a petition calling on the authorities of the Soviet Union to permit Soviet Jews to emigrate, it was announced here today.

The announcement was made by Maoz, a non-political organization dedicated to helping Soviet Jewry. The organization plans on presenting its petition to the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, in an effort to stimulate parliamentary action here on behalf of the Jews in the Soviet Union. Maoz leaders said the campaign to obtain further signatures to its petition will continue for the next two months.