Nixon Told Jews Don’t Threaten Moscow Visit

In a communication addressed to President Nixon yesterday, Harold Ostroff, president of the Workmen’s Circle assured him that “No Soviet Jew poses a threat to your visit” to Moscow. “Reports that Soviet Jews are being corralled and imprisoned during your stay should evoke strongest protests from you,” Ostroff said in a telegram to the President. “No Soviet Jew poses a threat to your visit. Detente has no meaning under these circumstances. We urge that you receive assurances that no Soviet Jews will be imprisoned during your stay and respectfully suggest that you meet with Soviet Jewish leaders who wish to emigrate as a demonstration of your concern.” The New York Board of Rabbis has appealed to Nixon in a letter to “use all your influence to convince the Soviet leaders to open your doors to the free unhindered emigration of Jews” during his visit next week to Moscow.

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