LONDON (Oct. 21)
A group of Soviet Jewish writers have called upon Jewish writers in other countries to help further Arab-Israeli friendship and have expressed satisfaction with the cease-fire now in effect in the Middle East. The public commentary on a foreign policy matter, rare for ordinary Soviet citizens, appeared in the current edition of Sovietish Heimland, an officially authorized Jewish periodical, which arrived here today. The writers said, “We call upon Jewish writers the world over to help create an atmosphere of friendship between Israel and the Arab nations. Millions of men, women and children have a vital interest in peace in the Middle East and they include Jews as well as Arabs.” The writers said they supported the cease-fire because it “opens the way for a just peace between the Arab countries and Israel based on the Security Council resolution of Nov. 22, 1967.” Among the signers were such well known members of the Soviet Communist establishment as Aaron Vergelis, Abraham Gontar, Motel Grubian, Shika Griz and Sonia Frei. The group also included Meir Yellin, Hillel Alexandrov, Mark Razumny and Z. Wendroff who are not involved in politics.