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Reid: Fewer Soviet Jews Will Be Allowed to Emigrate This Year

Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Congressman Ogden Reid (D. N.Y.), said here that the climate of fear among Soviet Jews is increasing and that he believes fewer will be permitted to emigrate this year than last year. Speaking yesterday at a reception on behalf of the Israel-U.S. Society, Reid said he based his statement on talks with Soviet Jews he met last week in Vienna.

He said that no more than 25,000 Jews will be permitted emigrate this year – 5,000 less than last year. Under these circumstances, Reid said he believed the U.S. Congress is likely to adopt the Jackson Amendment. Reid is here on a private visit. His wife and two sons are with him.