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Protest Presence of Soviet Scientists

A group of Soviet Jews living in Israel demonstrated last week against the presence in Israel of eleven Russian scientists participating in an international space research convention here. The group of eleven former aliya activists, including Yasha Kazakoff, Dov Sperling, Michael Stiglitz, and Sylva Zalmanson, held a quiet demonstration opposite the Pal Hotel, site of the convention.

“We demonstrate against the presence of the Russians in Israel,” they said. “We protest against any contact with the Russians, including scientific and cultural, as long as Jews in Russia are persecuted by the authorities,” Sperling said.

Holding a poster that said, “Release my family,” Zalmanson said it was inconceivable that Russian scientists can move freely in Tel Aviv while Jews in Russia are held in prison. Stiglitz demanded freedom for his brother-in-law, Anatoly Sharansky.