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Soviet Harassment Continues Against Shpilberg, Others

Margarita Shpilberg, the wife of Arkady Shpilberg, who was sentenced to three years’ strict regime in May 1971, continues to be harassed, the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry learned today. Recently, two members of the militia came to her parents’ home, where Margarita was staying, to make a passport check. It is considered highly unusual for such inspections to be made.

Margarita was given a summons for not being at her own residence. She was also told that she must find work within 15 days or else she would be prosecuted for “parasitism.” Mrs. Shpilberg has two children, ages 2 and 5, and is unable to work away from home. Last month, Mrs. Shpilberg went to visit her husband in the prison camp but was stopped by the militia. She was questioned and threatened with arrest if she continued on.

The GNYCSJ also learned that in Vilna, phones were cut off in the houses of five Jewish families and Julie Tabakov of Kiev was drafted for two years of military service. This was done despite his past service and current status as an officer in the reserves. Tabakov applied for permission to emigrate to Israel three months ago. None of the other members of the family are employed and are dependent on Tabakov for support.

Twenty Jewish emigrants, comprising one family, unit from Pakistan, three from the Soviet Union and one from Hungary and one individual each from the Soviet Union and Hungary, arrived at Kennedy Airport during the past week it was reported by United Hias Service. They were joined with relatives in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Miami, Baltimore, Wayne, N.J. and Brooklyn. Five of the arrivals from the Soviet Union entered the United States through the parole authority of the U.S. Attorney General.

Israel will import about 40,000 tons of cement from South Africa. The first shipment, comprising 15,000 tone, is expected at Ellat next week, it was announced yesterday. Ehud Haddar, Port Manager, of Eilat, returned Monday from South Africa where the trade agreement was signed recently, Israeli authorities, meanwhile, are considering importing element from South Korea.

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