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7,000 Attend Rally in New York Protesting Soviet Discriminations

May 24, 1966
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Prominent political leaders and clergymen representing the Jewish, Catholic and Protestant faiths, participated here yesterday in a parade and open-air rally in the borough of Queens, protesting Soviet Government discriminations against Jewry in the USSR, and calling for an end to such bias. About 7,000 persons attended the rally.

The event, organized by the newly-formed Queens Council for Soviet Jewry, started with a parade stretching two miles down Queens Boulevard, and culminated with the rally at the Forest Hills Stadium. Among the principal speakers were U.S. Sen. Jacob K. Javits; Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr.; the Rev. Thurston Davis, editor of the Jesuit weekly, America; Rabbi Israel Miller, president of the American Conference on Soviet Jewry; and Rabbi Edward T. Sandrow, president of the New York Board of Rabbis. A message joining the protest was sent to the rally by Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, The kindling of the Soviet Jewry Eternal Light by a representative of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry marked the concluding ceremony of the rally.

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