46 Congressmen Express Concern over Treatment of Soviet Jews

A bi-partisan group of 46 Congressmen has expressed concern over the treatment of Russian Jewry in a letter to Soviet Ambassador Anatoly F. Dobrynin. The letter, made public today by Rep. Gilbert Guide, a Maryland Republican, referred to reports that Soviet Jews are denied the religious and cultural rights accorded other minorities in the USSR. “Regarding these reports, this concern is in keeping with a long-standing and historic American tradition. We ask that you relay to your government and to its leaders this expression of our concern,” the letter said. The letter was prompted, according to its signers, by a demonstration on Oct. 11 by about 1500 American Jews near the Soviet Embassy here protesting the treatment of Soviet Jews. “It is our sincere hope,” the Congressmen wrote, “that the Soviet government will assure to its Jewish citizens full enjoyment of the religious and cultural rights which, we are sure you will agree, are their due. Such assurance would serve to strengthen the ties between our peoples which have brought us together in the past.”

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