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Eight Kishinev Jewish Students Ask for Israeli Citizenship Under New Law

Eight Jewish students from Kishinev, in Soviet Moldavia, have sent a letter to President Zalman Shazar asking for Israeli citizenship under a recently adopted amendment to the immigration law under which Jews prevented from coming to Israel can be granted citizenship in absentia. The signers said most of them had been expelled from Russian universities because of their Zionist convictions. “We have learned with great pleasure of the new law and wish to become Israeli citizens,” they wrote. Nine Jews are expected to go on trial in Kishinev on June 21.