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Argentine Jews Protest Exit Fees


More than 100 Jews assembled before the Soviet Embassy here Thursday to protest the high Soviet exit fees for Jewish scientists while some 40 young Jews staged a one-day hunger strike on the steps of the Paso synagogue. All media, including television, gave wide coverage to the fasting youths. The Argentine Association of Survivors of Nazism and the Latin American Federation of Nazism Survivors Associations sent a cable to Soviet Premier Aleksei N. Kosygin protesting the new exit charges. The cable said that many members of the survivor associations had fought in the Red Army or in partisan groups for the liberation of Russia during World War II.

The two groups also sent a cable to United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim, protesting the message sent him by President Idi Amin of Uganda praising Hitler for murdering six million Jews. They said the statement was an injury to Jews in general and to survivors of the Holocaust in particular. The cable said Amin’s statement disqualified Amin as a leader of Uganda and as a member of the UN. The cables were signed by Jose Moskovitz, president, and Abraham Dereczinski, secretary of the Survivors Association, and by the Latin American Federation.

In the wake of recent floods that devastated large areas of the Philippines, Magen David Adom-Israel’s Red Cross service-was among the first to send urgently needed help to the Philippine Red Cross, for the victims of that disaster. Dr. Rafaelita Soriano, the Philippine Ambassadress, and A.J. Agbayani, Consul General of the Philippines were at Lod Airport to check the crates of medicines and antibiotics before the shipment was loaded onto a waiting airliner.

A force of 100 Brazilian security agents accompanied the 114 musicians of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra onto the tarmac when they left Rio De Janeiro Airport, according to press reports reaching London. Brazil’s military regime increased security arrangements immediately after the Munich massacre.

Settlers in Kiryat Arba, the Jewish quarter in Hebron have appealed for the creation of a public investigating committee to examine existing arrangements in the Machpelah Cave for Jewish and Moslem prayers. The cave is sacred to both Jews and Moslems.

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