18 Moscow Jews Arrested

Eighteen Moscow Jews were arrested Thursday while attempting to deliver a petition on behalf of Silva Zalmanson Kuznetsov on her 29th birthday to the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry has learned. Among those arrested were the well-known activists Vladimir Slepak, Victor Polsky, Pavel Abramovich and Mikhail Agursky. After the arrest of the 18, another 23 Jews sent a telegram of protest to the Supreme Soviet.

Meanwhile 100 Moscow Jews have approached the Soviet Red Cross to donate blood for the Israeli army. When they were told the USSR was not sending blood to any of the combatants, the Jews pointed out that there were signs at Moscow University asking for blood for the Arab cause.

The SSSJ has also learned that the case of the Tibilisi activist brothers, Isai and Grigory Goldstein, both physicists, may be reopened by Soviet authorities. Their scheduled trial for “anti-Soviet slander”–protesting the use by Arab terrorists of Soviet weapons during the Munich massacre–was suspended earlier this year after large-scale Western protests.

Meanwhile, Kiev authorities have renewed their procedure of dividing Jewish families applying for exit visas, the SSSJ also reported. Activist Yuri Soroko was given a visa, but not his wife. The wife of activist Igor Goldfarb was given a visa but his permission to leave was withdrawn after he read a prayer at Babi Yar in memory of the victims of the Nazi slaughter.

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