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Appeal by Vilna Refuseniks

The Al Tidom Association has received an urgent message from a group of Soviet Jewish refuseniks in Vilna, asking that world opinion be mobilized to help them win the right to emigrate to Israel. The members of the Vilna group have all been refuseniks for a lengthy period.

Their persistence in reapplying for visas has in their words “vexed the Lithuanian M.V. D. (ovir)” which has consistently rebuffed them for unapplicable or groundless reasons. For example, exit permits have been refused some of them for security reasons, though the individuals never worked in the military or defense related fields, Al Tidom reported.

The group includes: V. Reiss, A. Andriev, S. Gershovitchus, V. Adamsky and Nachum Salansky.

CORRECTION

The story in Wednesday’s issue of the Bulletin on President Ford meeting with Jewish leaders should have stated that it was Israeli Premier Yitzhak Rabin, not Ford, who addressed the Rabbinical Council on U.S. Israeli relations. Rabin said relations between the two countries were at one of their highest peaks ever.

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