Sharansky recalls his champion, friend from Soviet days

23.06.2011                      21.Siwan, 5771

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Sharansky recalls his champion, friend from Soviet days

Jewish Agency for Israel chairman highlights that Soviet dissident Yelena Bonner's love for Israel was overlooked after she passed away.

When Soviet dissident Yelena Bonner passed away last week, the world took note. Countless obituaries were published in the press lauding her courageous struggle for human rights in the autocratic Soviet Union. But Jewish Agency for Israel chairman Natan Sharansky felt that for all the words written and praises poured upon his friend Bonner, one important aspect of her personality and activism was neglected: her love for Israel.
“In the past decade, she found herself in the difficult position of having to fight for Israel not against the dictatorial world, but against hypocrisy in the free world,” Sharansky wrote in an e-mail on Tuesday. “She always opposed those who used double standards on Israel.”
Sharansky’s friendship with Bonner dates back to the 1970s, when he was fighting for the right of Jews to make aliya from the Soviet Union….