TEL AVIV (May. 23)
Police removed 25 Georgian Jewish immigrants–six families–from the Lydda Airport terminal yesterday after they staged a sit-in strike to protest against the flats offered them by the Absorption Ministry. The emigres insisted on flats in Ashdod or Ramle where none are available at present. The families were driven around the airport in police squad cars until they cooled off and later left peacefully to stay temporarily with relatives.
Georgian Jews have been arriving here in increased numbers during the last few days. Israeli officials believe Soviet authorities stepped up their departures in order to get rid of dissidents during President Nixon’s visit to Russia.
The Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe, meeting in Strassbourg, urged countries of Europe to use their influence with the Syrian government to end the persecution of Syrian Jews, it was reported today.