NEW YORK (Aug. 28)
Andrew Young, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, has sent a letter to the International League for the Repatriation of Russian Jews supporting the goals of the Soviet Jewry movement, it was announced by Rabbi Benjamin Blech, League president. The communication was sent to the League in conjunction with its Tenth Annual Solidarity Dinner for Russian Jewry to be held Saturday evening, October 22 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, honoring Ms. Gloria Wang of Great Neck, Long Island.
In his letter, according to Blech, Young said: “We cannot seek any more important goal than to foster respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all individuals. Among these basic principles is that contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that all people have the right to leave any country including his own, and to return to his country… I commend all of you for the work you have done to impress upon the Soviet authorities the need to permit the emigration of those Soviet citizens who wish to leave their country, and I hope you will continue to be successful in pursuit of this cause.”
the League, which claims to be America’s oldest Soviet Jewry organization, is committed to securing the right of repatriation for the Jews of the Soviet Union and East Europe.