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  • Jewish Groups Praise Jackson for His Appeal to Gorbachev on Behalf of Soviet Jewry

    National Jewish organizations expressed appreciation today that the Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke out on behalf of Soviet Jews during an impromptu 45-minute face-to-face exchange with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva yesterday. Gorbachev, pressed on the subject by the outspoken Black American civil rights leader, denied Jews had problems in the USSR. Daniel Thursz, executive… More ▸

  • Jews Urged to Call for U.S. Divestitute in the Soviet Union

    Rabbi Avraham Weiss, national chairman of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ), has called upon Jews and Jewish organizations to make the same demands for divestiture concerning any United States interests in the Soviet Union as they have been making for South Africa. Speaking yesterday at the SSSJ’s annual Tisha B’Av prayer service, held… More ▸

  • Soviet Jewish Anti-zionist Denied Visa by State Dept

    A spokesman for the State Department has confirmed that the Department refused to issue a visa to Soviet General David Dragunsky, who is the chairman of the Anti-Zionist Committee of the Soviet Public. Dragunsky, who supports such theories as that Zionists, during World War II, worked hand-in-hand with the Nazis to kill Jews and other… More ▸

  • 14 Women, Children Arrested Outside Soviet Mission to the United Nations

    Seven women and seven children, aged seven months to four years, were hustled into a police wagan and taken to Manhattan’s 23rd Precinct for booking on disorderly conduct charges today after they attempted to block the gates of the Soviet Mission to the United Nations. The women were demonstrating against the current wave of arrests… More ▸

  • Four Rabbis Among Seven Arrested at Demonstration at Soviet UN Mission

    Four rabbis were among seven persons arrested as they sat in the street in front of the Soviet Mission to the United Nations to protest the KGB’s continued arrests and searches of homes of unofficial Jewish teachers. The seven were charged with disorderly conduct and ordered to appear for a court hearing February 27. The… More ▸

  • Downward Trend Continues in Emigration of Soviet Jews

    Although the number of Jews leaving the Soviet Union increased slightly last month compared to the previous month, the general trend is downward, the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) reported today. According to SSSJ spokesman Glenn Richter, 1141 Jews arrived in Vienna from the USSR in May while the figure for April was 1115…. More ▸

  • Rally for Anatoly Shcharansky

    Aviral Shcharansky, wife of imprisoned Soviet Jewish activist Anatoly Shcharensky, failes in on of tempt yesterday to get Soviet officials to accept a wedding ring for her husband. Mrs. Shcharansky, who was forced to leave the Soviet Union the day after her marriage, made her attempt following a rally at the Park East Synagogue in… More ▸

  • ‘hostages’ for Sharansky

    More than 30 demonstrators, nine of them with packed suitcases, offered themselves to the Soviet Union in front of Aeroflot airlines today, as hostages in exchange for Anatoly Sharansky, the jailed Jewish activist accused of being a spy for the CIA. Officials of the Soviet airline refused to meet with the demonstrators, but with a… More ▸

  • UN Asked to Help Dr. Stern

    Glenn Richter, national coordinator of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, said today that a United Nations official had said that UN representations would be made to the Soviet Union about Dr. Mikhail Stern, currently serving an eight-year term in a labor camp on charges of bribery. The official, however, declined to specify when or… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Glenn Richter, national coordinator of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, and Morey Schapira, coordinator for the New England SSSJ, reported that “there is not one iota of change in the anti-Jewish policies of the USSR since the announced Jackson Amendment ‘agreement.’” The two, who Just returned from a week of intensive discussions with activist… More ▸