NEW YORK (Mar. 31)
In response to a series of acts against Soviet Jews, capped by the police invasion of the Moscow Synagogue last Saturday, the National Conference on Soviet Jewry has announced the expansion of events for Solidarity Day for Soviet Jews to be held April 13 in cities across the United States.
Stanley H. Lowell NCSJ chairman, in a statement today declared: “For several months we have awaited a sign from the Soviet Union of a significant positive change in regard to the treatment of its Jewish citizens. Instead, Soviet authorities have apparently rejected this course of action. The Jewish community has no recourse but to consider the time of waiting to be at an end.”
Lowell called for a public protest against the Soviet police’s removal of worshipers from the Moscow Synagogue, the eight-year sentence of Dr. Mikhail Stern, the trial of Mark Nashpitz and Boris Tsitlionok, and “the arrests of dozens of Jews on spurious charges.” He said the American government should use all channels of communication to register “the grave concern of the American people.” Lowell declared that “we will escalate all moral, political and economic sanctions at our disposal” to bring about the termination of “the intensified persecution of Soviet Jews.”