SOVIET UNION: Mazel Tov, Comrade!

As the World Conference on Soviet Jewry got under way in Brussels last week, the testimony presented by five Jews who were recently allowed to leave Russia proved depressing but hardly surprising. The Soviet Union's 3,500,000 Jews, they said, are facing increasing discrimination. Many of them are jailed or placed in insane asylums soon after they apply for visas to emigrate to Israel.

The only major fireworks at the conference were touched off by Rabbi Meir Kahane, leader of the militant Jewish Defense League, who had just been convicted of "obstructing governmental administration" and disorderly conduct for his role in a...

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