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West European Jewish Leaders Urge World Petition for Soviet Jewry

Jewish leaders from 11 West European countries here called for a joint world petition to be underwritten by millions of private citizens and as many governments as possible on behalf of Soviet Jewry.

Over 150 West European Jewish leaders, who ended a two-day special meeting here yesterday to examine new developments in the Soviet Union, concluded that “never has (Soviet Jewry’s situation) been as tragic as today. Exit visas are granted by the dozens while hundreds of thousands of Soviet Jews are asking for the right to leave.”

Simone Veil, President of the European Parliament, said that what is happening to Russia’s Jews “is part and parcel of a world process, of a degradation of liberty and human rights and an increase of terrorism.”