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1,000 at Film Festival Sign Petition Calling for Right of Jews to Emigrate

Several hundred film producers, directors, actors and critics attending the Cannes film festival, were present this afternoon at a meeting in defense of Soviet Jewry. They were addressed by the Soviet Jewish film director and writer Afim Sevela who claimed that more than a million Russian Jews wanted to emigrate to Israel. Sevela left Moscow two weeks ago on his way to Israel. Ten thousand leaflets calling for an end to the trials of Jews in the Soviet Union were distributed near the Congress Palace where the film festival is being held. About 1,000 persons signed a petition to Soviet Communist Party chief Leonid Brezhnev to let Jews emigrate.