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bit is “important to silence Kazakov and not to publicize him bbecause he may be revealed as a Soviet spy.” It may be noted bat this point that Kazakov has just finished serving his Israeli barmy three-year term and that the “spy” has been living in bIsrael as an active member of the leading opposition party.

bYet another quote is from leading Soviet Jewish activist bLeah Slovina, who told the Public Council for Soviet Jewry bin Jerusalem on January 3, 1973, of her meeting in Minsk in bDecember 1964 with Mr. Ben Haim of the Israeli Embassy bin Moscow. She informed him that a group of Jewish ac- btivists was ready at that time to publicly give up their Soviet bcitizenship and call for world support for Soviet Jewry. (It is bnot true that the Six Day War aroused the Zionism of Soviet bJewry; that is one more myth spread by the Israeli govern- bment to cover its own refusal to help the activists.) Accord- bing to Mrs. Slovina, Ben Haim refused to accede to the bgroup’s request to get their message to the Western press (in bthose days it was impossible for a Soviet citizen to have free baccess to the press). Ben Haim first stated that he feared that bthe activists would be imprisoned and that this would lead to bpersecution of Soviet Jewry. When Mrs. Slovina asked the bIsraeli to stop being so good to Russian Jews since it was they bwho were prepared to take the risk, he then said: “Your baction will hurt relations between Israel and the Soviet bUnion.”

bThat was the real reason and that was the reason for years bof Israeli government efforts to silence the Soviet Jewish bactivists and that is the reason for their attacks on JDL from bthe very beginning and that is the same reason given me by bPolice Major Levi who arrested me in connection with my befforts to disrupt the Brezhnev visit. When I asked him bwhether Israel had suddenly become Brezhnev’s keeper, he breplied: “We cannot let you hurt our relations with the bUnited States.” This is the tragedy of the Jewish Establish- bment, and there is no difference between those in New York band those in Jerusalem.

bIn any case, Kazakov returned to the United States in bMarch 1970 under the auspices of Bernard Deutsch, a bwealthy New York Jew who had long supported activist and b“unpopular” Jewish causes. Large newspaper ads were b 

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