NEW YORK (Sep. 24)
Richard Maass, chairman of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry, today hailed Sen. George McGovern for urging a delay in the granting of most favored nation status to the Soviet Union until the USSR announces the lifting of the heavy exit fees on educated Soviet Jews. McGovern, Democratic Party Presidential nominee, told a meeting of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations last Friday that he would do everything in his power to resist what he termed “flagrant violation of human rights.”
Noting that “all honest efforts toward world peace and towards detente” between the US and USSR deserve support, Maass added that, until the Soviet exit fee is lifted, and until harassment and imprisonment of Jews end, “it is moral and right for American leaders to link the issue of Soviet-American relations to this moral concern.” Meanwhile, the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry announced there will be a “mass confrontation” with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko Tuesday when the Soviet diplomat addresses the United Nations General Assembly. The rally is scheduled for 12 noon at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza opposite the UN.
Brazil and Israel have agreed to exchange data on the peaceful uses of atomic energy, it was announced Friday in Brasilia. The two countries will also exchange students. Shal Heveth Freier, director general of Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission, said that one of the contributions Israel can made to Brazil’s technology is to provide information on the use of atomic energy for desalinating water.