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British Jews Observe Day of Fast; 2500 Jewish Women in Silent March

British Jews observed yesterday a day of fast and intercession for Soviet Jewry, in accordance with the proclamation of the Chief Rabbi, Dr. Immanuel Jakobovits, who dedicated “Assarah B’Teveth” (the tenth of Tevet) as the “Day for Russian Jewry.” That day is the fast of Tevet marking the beginning of the seige of Jerusalem in 586 BCE. Some 2500 Jewish women marched silently to the Soviet Embassy where a delegation presented a petition to one of the attaches who promised he would deliver it to the ambassador. Prior to the march, a brief rally was held in Bayswater. Meanwhile, informed sources report that a group of Soviet citizens visited the American Embassy in Moscow today to protest against “activities of Zionist extremists in the United States,” The group told the American diplomat who received them that “Americans could not expect to be left in peace in Moscow while Russians are terrorized in New York.”

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