Hunger Strike on Behalf of Nudel

A group of Soviet Jewry activists held a 35-hour hunger strike in Tel Aviv on behalf of Prisoner of Zion Ida Nudel.

The strike, by the “Thirty-Five Group” that has campaigned for years for Nudel, began Tuesday night as another group was ending a 24-hour strike outside the headquarters of the Israeli Communist (Rakah) Party in Jerusalem.

The protests, part of an international student solidarity week for Soviet Jews, were timed to coincide with the opening of the Soviet Communist Party’s 27th Congress in Moscow Tuesday.

The Jerusalem protesters handed Rakah member Felicia Langer copies of a letter from a group of Soviet Jews asking for the release of Prisoners of Zion, and a cable from a group of Jewish mothers in the USSR stating: “Allow us to live and to bring up our children in the State of Israel.”

Meanwhile, the Knesset Aliya and Absorption Committee has cabled the French, Italian and Dutch Communist Party delegations to the Moscow Congress asking them to raise the issue of Soviet Jewry at the Congress.

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