Jewish Emigres from Soviet Union Stage Demonstrations for Soviet Defendants

Jewish emigres from the Soviet Union began a series of demonstrations in various parts of Israel in behalf of nine Jews who went on trial in Leningrad today and others facing imminent trial in trial in Riga and Kishinev. About 30 emigres went on a march last night from Beersheba to the Wailing Wall in East Jerusalem to protest the trials. Their numbers were re-enforced by Soviet and other immigrants from Kiryat Gat and other settlements along the route of march, Beersheba police requested police depots along the way to assist the marchers. In Upper Nazareth, a new Jewish settlement area in Galilee, recent emigres from Russia met today and appealed to world Jewry and “all peace seeking and freedom loving nations and the United Nations” to intervene for the release of Jews imprisoned in Russia for wanting to go to Israel. According to information received here today, Jewish circles in North and South America. Europe and Australia are planning a series of “counter trials” to parallel the trials in the Soviet Union. The demonstration trials will be a platform for charging the Soviet regime with persecution and discrimination against its Jewish citizens. Evidence will be heard on the treatment of Jews in the USSR.

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