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The majority of Soviet immigrants in Israel left the USSR because of Zionist motives or because they have been exposed to anti-Semitism, a current study at the Hebrew University shows. Some 34 percent of the interviewees said they left the USSR for Zionist reasons, another 25 percent said they left because of anti-Semitism, and another 13 percent because of their opposition to the Communist regime. Five percent said they left for religious reasons.

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