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21 Rabbis at Protest Arrested

June 10, 1985|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Police arrested 21 rabbis as they chanted and prayed outside the Soviet Embassy today to protest what one organizer called "an ongoing, silent holocaust" in the Soviet Union and its policies on Jewish emigration.

The protest occurred on the eve of the scheduled trial in District of Columbia Superior Court of 24 other rabbis and one Lutheran pastor in connection with a similar demonstration on May 1. The government's decision to prosecute in that case--while dropping charges against hundreds of people for demonstrating outside the South African Embassy--has been widely questioned.

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