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State Dep’t Says It Will Not Be Able to Negotiate Reunion of Gluzman Family

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The State Department indicated today that it would not be able to negotiate the reunion of the Gluzman family. Mrs. Rita Gluzman testified before a House subcommittee yesterday that she was allowed to migrate to Israel two years ago but that her husband, Yakov, was suddenly prevented from going with her and has since had emigration applications rejected.

State Department spokesman Charles Bray explained today that the US preferred to concentrate on those Jews in the USSR who want to join relatives in the US. He recalled that last February. Secretary of State William P. Rogers asserted that the US supports freedom of expression and freedom of emigration.

Bray made his comments in reporting that Rogers had received a wire sent him by Rep. Benjamin S. Rosenthal (D.,N.Y.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s European subcommittee, before which Mrs. Gluzman and other witnesses testified on the situation of Soviet Jews. The message–addressed separately to Rogers. President Nixon and Soviet Ambassador Anatoly F. Dobrynin–urged action in the Gluzman case.

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