• Short Summary

    Demonstrators have begun a hunger-strike at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem in support of Jews who wish to emigrate from the Soviet Union.

  • Description

    Demonstrators have begun a hunger-strike at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem in support of Jews who wish to emigrate from the Soviet Union.

    The hunger-strikers say they're also supporting similar action by a few Soviet intellectuals over the troubles in the Soviet Literary world. The demonstrators, many of them recent arrivals in Israel from the Soviet Union, claim their action will help focus world attention on such events as the deportation of author Alexander Solzhenitsyan and ten expulsion from the writers guild of others who supported him.

    However, the main force behind the hunger-strike is the call for free emigration of Jews the Soviet Union. At present the Moscow government is demanding payment from some emigre Jews to offset the training they have received in the Soviet Union at state expense. The demonstrators say that this is stopping many Jews from leaving the country ... despite the fact that the Soviet Union allowed a record number of Jews to emigrate last year. In 1973, 34,750 Jews left the Soviet Union, 3,000 more than the previous year. It's not known how many applied for exit permits.

    The Soviet Union is, however, steadfastly refusing to allow some families to emigrate. Among them the wife of Leningrad ballet dancer Yuri Panov and several scientists who are known to have down no secret work for years.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3E9IA0HAN77F1BXN2SUMRSY8T
    Media URN:
    VLVA3E9IA0HAN77F1BXN2SUMRSY8T
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/02/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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