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2500 Persons Demonstrate Outside Soviet Mission in Protest of Trial

Twenty-five hundred people demonstrated in front of the Soviet Mission to the United Nations today to protest the trial of the Leningrad Nine. The demonstration, organized by the Center for Russian Jewry and the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, heard Rabbi Steven Riskin of Lincoln Square Synagogue, Rabbi Abraham Weiss and Jacob Birnbaum, chairman, national secretary and national director respectively of both organizations, criticize the inability of Jewish organizations to “respond with sufficient speed” to the crisis of Soviet Jewry. The demonstrators then marched to the UN Mission where they requested that Pres. Nixon issue a statement on behalf of the prisoners and that the Voice of America broadcast in Yiddish and Hebrew in the same way they broadcast to other ethnic groups inside the Soviet Union.