Also vying for a share of attention are several Jewish organizations, mostly from the United States. All are concerned about Soviet treatment of Jews and the Soviet refusal to allow more than a trickle of Jewish emigration. But, unlike [Albert L. Kotzobue], these groups know they have a good deal of political influence back home and a President who often agrees with them.
Their impact at Geneva, however, may be weakened somewhat because they cannot agree on their approach to the Soviet Union. At a news conference, Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies in Los Angeles, released a report by Soviet Jews about their recent treatment in the Soviet Union.
Hier seemed critical of Edgar M. Bronfman, president of the World Jewish Congress, for indicating earlier in the day that [Gorbachev] had hinted that he might increase the flow of Jewish emigration in the future. "No more generalities," Hier insisted. "We need to know how many came out this year, how many will come out next year."