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Ninety U.S. Senators Publish Statement on Treatment of Soviet Jews

Ninety of the 100 members of the U.S. Senate expressed their “staunch support of the American Jewish community’s protests against the anti-Semitic policies of the Soviet Union” in an advertisement to be published Sunday in the New York Times. The advertisement will be sponsored by the American Jewish Conference on Soviet Jewry.

The 90 Senators expressed an “insistent demand that the three million Jews of the Soviet Union be allowed to live creatively and in dignity as Jews.” Pointing out that “Soviet policy seems to be aiming at the obliteration of the Jewish community and Jewish culture,” the statement said that “Jews, alone among all Soviet ethnic groups, are forbidden schools and other institutions of Jewish learning and research, though all are required if the ancient heritage of the Jew is to be perpetuated.”