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Trudeau to Discuss Problems of Soviet Jews with Kosygin

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When Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau goes to the Soviet Union for a 10-day visit beginning tomorrow, he will discuss with Soviet Premier Alexsei Kosygin the problems of Soviet Jews, Barnett Danson, Parliamentary Secretary to Trudeau, told a Canadian Jewish Congress delegation. Danson said the Prime Minister would discuss the matter of emigration of Russian Jews to Israel, their cultural and religious rights as Soviet citizens, and convey the interest of the Canadian government in the right of Soviet Jews to reunite with their families in accordance with the promise Kosygin made in Paris in 1968. Meanwhile, 3,000 residents of Montreal signed a petition deploring the resumption of the trials in the Soviet Union. The petition was airmailed to Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny. A cable, sent separately to Soviet leaders by Monroe Abbey and Saul Hayes, president and executive vice-president respectively of the CJC, appealed to the Soviet government “in the name of humanity and compassion” to cease persecuting “people whose only desire is to join their people in Israel.”

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