• Short Summary

    Mass rallies have been held all over Israel this week (26-30 December) in protest against the two death sentences and long jail terms imposed in Leningrad on 11 people, mainly Jews, convicted of attempting to hijack a Soviet airliner.

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    Mass rallies have been held all over Israel this week (26-30 December) in protest against the two death sentences and long jail terms imposed in Leningrad on 11 people, mainly Jews, convicted of attempting to hijack a Soviet airliner. In one rally more than 4,000 Israeli students climbed the Massada fortress, overlooking the Dead Sea. They carried banners and torches, and sang songs around bonfires in all-night vigils.

    Demonstrations have been held in all major Israeli towns. On Tuesday (29 December), Israel observed a two minutes silence to mark solidarity with the convicted Jews. Traffic stopped, workers put down their tools, pedestrians stood to attention and Israeli radio went off the air.

    In emotion-charged appeals to the world, Prime Minister Mrs Golda Meir called for support for Israel's demand of "Justice, not mercy" in the trials. The Knesset (Parliament) held an extraordinary session earlier in the week to express the country's indignation. In a radio broadcast, Mrs Meir said the sentences showed the anti-semitic leaning of the Soviet government.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAT6TYGKTV1YA390SIHFO3N7VK
    Media URN:
    VLVAT6TYGKTV1YA390SIHFO3N7VK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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