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Jewish Labor Committee Head Re-affirms Support for Koch Bill

July 27, 1971
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Charles S. Zimmerman, president of the Jewish Labor Committee today reaffirmed his organization’s support of the Koch bill which would provide emergency visas for the admission of 30,000 Soviet Jews into the United States. He expressed “amazement” at the stand of Herman Weisman, president of the Zionist Organization of America, who has urged that the Koch bill in the House and similar legislation pending in the Senate be dropped because they might divert Soviet Jews from their real goal which is settlement in Israel. Zimmerman said. “We believe these bills are valuable additions to the campaign on behalf of Soviet Jewry.” According to Zimmerman, “Mr. Weisman’s statement that there is no indication of a desire on the part of Soviet Jews to come to the U.S. and other statements asserting that our present immigration law adequately provides for Soviet Jews interested in coming to the U.S. is inaccurate.”

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