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Police Disperse Youth Demonstrating Against Soviet Treatment of Jews; 15 Arrested

Fifteen youths were arrested last night as police violently dispersed several hundred Jews demonstrating in Bastille Square against the repression of Soviet Jewry. Demonstrations were also held at the Place de l’ Opera and Republique Square. Six Jewish boys and two girls are staging a hunger strike at the monument to unknown Jewish martyrs here. The demonstrations were organized to coincide with the visit here of Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko. Jewish groups plan to march on the Soviet Embassy tonight to hand Mr. Gromyko a petition demanding freedom for Russian Jews to emigrate to Israel. The head of the Mideast Department of the French Foreign Ministry expressed France’s sympathy today with the Israeli school children who have fallen victim to Arab terrorist attacks in recent weeks. Eytan Ron, Minister of the Israel Embassy in Paris visited the Foreign Office today to draw official attention to the serious situation on the Israel-Lebanese border. He handed over documents and photographs taken on the site of the May 21 school bus ambush in which eight Israeli school children were killed.

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