WASHINGTON (Feb. 1)
Petitions signed by nearly 200 Catholic and Protestant clergymen of the Washington area calling for the release of the Jews still living in Egypt, Syria and Iraq have been presented to the India and Pakistani embassies which represent Egyptian, Syrian and Iraqi interests here. Copies of the petitions were also delivered to President Nixon, Secretary of State William P. Rogers, the American Mission to the United Nations and the U.N. Human Rights Commission. The petitions, circulated by the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington, charged that the Jews remaining in the three Arab countries have been deprived of their civil liberties and are not allowed to emigrate. Many of them have been deprived of their jobs or had their property confiscated or have been imprisoned without trial, the petitions charged. Among the signers of the petitions were Bishop William F. Creighton of the Episcopal Diocese; Bishop John Wesley Lord of the United Methodist Church and Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle, Archbishop of Washington.