Congressman Urges Administration to Speak out Against Trial

Rep. Joshua Eilberg. Democrat of Pennsylvania, urged the administration today to speak out against the Leningrad trial of Jews alleged to have conspired to hijack a Soviet airliner to effect their escape. President Nixon and Secretary of State William P. Rogers should “denounce the trials and demand their cancellation in the name of justice and humanity,” Eilberg, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, declared. “The case is simple,” he explained. “A United States protest would further focus the world’s attention on these trials.” Eilberg, who visited Jewish leaders in Moscow and Kiev last year, charged today that the administration and the State Department “have not lifted a pencil or raised the United States’ voice above a whisper in protest to these trials.”

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