Canadian Students Urge Sharp to Tell Gromyko of Concern for Jews of Russia

A delegation of Jewish students from two universities met yesterday with Mitchell Sharp, Secretary of State for External Affairs, and asked them to relay to Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko, now visiting Canada, their concern over the plight of Soviet Jewry. The students from Sir George Williams and McGill universities were received by Mr. Sharp at about the time Mr. Gromyko was arriving here as a guest of the Government.

Mr. Sharp promised to mention the students’ views at a meeting today with the Soviet diplomat. In their memorandum, the students said that the Soviet Government was using Russian Jews as “scapegoats” for internal difficulties. The memorandum also asserted that admission of Jews to Soviet universities was by special quota.

The delegation presented Mr. Sharp with a petition on the problem of Soviet Jewry, containing 10,000 signatures of Jewish and non-Jewish students, for presentation to United Nations Secretary-General U Thant.

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