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‘spiritual Annihilation’ Charged by Georgian Jews Coming to Israel

Twenty-one Jewish emigres from the Soviet Georgian Republic accused the Absorption Ministry and the Jewish Agency of aiming at their “spiritual annihilation.” The charge was made yesterday in an open letter to Premier Golda Meir demanding that Georgian Jews arriving in Israel be allowed to remain together and not dispersed in small groups. An Absorption Ministry spokesman told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that every effort was being made to provide flats for the Georgians in towns where their countrymen have already settled. But he said they were not always available and in such cases Georgians had to be located elsewhere.

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