VIENNA (Aug. 9)
A U.S. Congressman on visit here asked the Nixon Administration today to help speed up emigration of Soviet Jews to Israel. “I think there is much more the Administration could do to speed up emigration of Soviet Jews to Israel,” Rep. Ogden R. Reid (D.N.Y.) said. Considering this question, the White House should not forget that the Soviet Union is “anxious for more trade.” Reid, who changed his party registration from Republican to Democrat in 1972, said the U.S. Congress will have to insist on the freedom to emigrate, “It is the fundamental right of people all over the world,” he added.
Reid who is going on an eight-day fact-finding tour to Israel, made a stopover in Vienna today where he was on hand at the railroad terminal to welcome a group of 22 Soviet Jews enroute from Moscow to Tel Aviv. The Congressman, a former U.S. Ambassador to Israel during the Eisenhower Administration, said “top level talks between the United States and the Soviet Union have produced no progress in the question of Jewish emigration from Russia so far.”
There are many Soviet Jews waiting for permission to go to Israel, he said, but others are afraid to apply because they fear to be sent to labor camps. Reid will fly to Israel tomorrow for talks with Israeli leaders including Premier Golda Meir. He will also meet with former Premier David Ben Gurion.
The West German weekly magazine”Quick” claims in its latest issue that the air pirates responsible for hijacking the Japan Air Line jet July 20 were directed by radio command from a Palestinian leader in Sweden which the magazine claimed was a leading Black September member.
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