|Freedom for Soviet Jews Anniversary|
December 4, 2012 – New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.
The full text of this week’s commentary follows:
years ago, on December 6, 1987, 250,000 people gathered in Washington.
were joined by Vice President Bush, Members of Congress, celebrities and
coincided with Soviet President Gorbachev's visit to Washington.
crowd's message? Stop oppressing Soviet Jews. Let them go.
worked. President Reagan, citing the huge crowd, told his Soviet counterpart to
heed the message.
the Soviet gates opened. Millions of people left for new lives in Israel,
America and elsewhere.
Washington director coordinated the event, the largest Jewish-organized rally
in American history.
over 500,000 Soviet Jews live in America. They've contributed to our country in
salutes the courage of Soviet Jews who refused to be cowed by the Kremlin.
proud to have helped support their successful struggle and new start.
David Harris of AJC.Date: 12/4/2012 12:00:00 AM