NEW YORK (Apr. 5)
Nine Moscow Jewish activists have condemned as a “terrorist act” the shots fired at the Soviet Mission to the United Nations last Friday, the National Conference on Soviet Jewry reported today. The NCSJ said the nine activists issued the following statement:
“We strongly condemn the attempt of the terrorist act committed by an extremist group against the Soviet UN Mission in New York. We find the use of terror as a method of political struggle to be morally unacceptable. To use such methods only means to come down to the level of the terrorists who are now participating in the sessions of the Security Council. We are confident that such actions would only harm the cause and struggle for the right of the Jewish people to live in their own country and for the right of the Jewish State of Israel to exist.
“Such actions constitute a danger for Soviet Jews as well, as they might be used by the authorities as a pretext for new repressions and for instigating anti-Semitic hostilities.”
The statement, according to the NCSJ, was signed by Vitaly Rubin, Dina Beilina, losef Bellin, Vladimir Slepak, Alexander Lerner, Anatoly Sharansky. Iosif Begun and Zeev Shaknovsky.