BRUSSELS (Dec. 20)
The European Parliament in Strasbourg has intervened on behalf of six Syrian Jews who are missing or were imprisoned because they wanted to leave Syria.
A resolution urging their immediate release will be delivered to the Damascus government by the president of the parliament, the legislative body of the European Community. It will also be delivered to the 12 E.C. member states.
The resolution was introduced by two members of the Liberal group, Jean-Thomas Nordmann of France and Carles-Alfred Gasoliba Byohm of Spain, during a debate on human rights violations around the world.
It notes that there are some 5,000 Jews living in Syria today, with three Jews, Ibrahim Lahal, Victor Lahal and Selim Sued, confined to prison.
Three others, Eli Sued, Jacques Lalo and Zaki Mamroud, disappeared after their arrest. They were all accused by the authorities of trying to leave Syria.
In calling on Syria to let these Jews leave, the resolution cited the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.