Dissidents: Torture by Diet

New ordeal for Shcharansky

The 400 Jews who gathered in a Jerusalem park last week to commemorate the 34th birthday of Soviet Dissenter Anatoli Shcharansky were more in a mood for lamentation than for celebration. The group, which included his wife Avital, discussed Shcharansky's new ordeals in prison, then trudged through the city on a pilgrimage to the Western Wall, where prayers were offered for Shcharansky's health, his release from captivity and his arrival in Israel.

The ceremony reflected renewed concern about Shcharansky, who became a world-renowned political prisoner and a symbol of official Soviet anti-Semitism following his well-publicized trial in 1978....

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