Thousands of demonstrators, including Prime Minister, Mrs Gold Meir, attended a mass rally in Tel Aviv on Saturday (26 Dec).
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Background: Thousands of demonstrators, including Prime Minister, Mrs Gold Meir, attended a mass rally in Tel Aviv on Saturday (26 Dec). They were protesting against the sentences passed on 11 people charged in Leningrad with attempting to hijack an aircraft from the Soviet Union.
The giant rally was one of many protests meetings throughout Israel to voice anger at the Leningrad court's imposition of two death sentences and several lengthy jail terms on the mainly Jewish group of men and women.
Mrs Meir told the rally that "Israel is not asking for mercy but for justice and that they (the Jews of the Soviet Union) be permitted to emigrate to Israel.
Her fiery speech, calling on world opinion to intervene, followed an announcement by Foreign Minister Abba Eban that Israel had launched an international campaign to mobilise opinion.
Mrs Meir added that the Israeli people demanded justice and the cancellation of what she described as shocking miscarriage of justice.