NEW YORK (Jul. 10)
Gavriel Shapiro wants his wife Judy to come to Moscow for his forthcoming trial. That’s what he told her today in a phone conversation conducted at a meeting of II national Jewish women’s groups working for his freedom. Shapiro, who is staying with friends in Moscow also reported that his trial is due to begin “very soon.” He made the statement to Jacqueline Levine of West Orange, N. J., president of the American Jewish Congress’ Women’s Division and chairman of the Soviet Jewry Committee of the Leadership Conference of the National Jewish Women’s Organization.
Speaking before leaders of the II groups representing more than 1,000,000 American women, Mrs. Shapiro said she had applied for a visa to the Soviet Embassy in Washington on June 29 and was still awaiting their response.
The meeting was called here to outline a strategy for a women’s campaign on behalf of Soviet Jewish prisoners and to seek statements of support from US government officials on behalf of Shapiro. Mrs. Levine urged the presidents of the II groups to wire President Nixon and Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev demanding Shapiro’s release. The women’s mobilization for the Jewish prisoners of conscience is expected to take place in December, Mrs. Levine said.