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  • Group Eyes More Trade Ties Between Israel and Azerbaijan

    Lawyer Eduard Chernin keeps an Israeli flag on his desk in his office here in the capital of this former Soviet republic. Chernin, the chairman of the Azerbaijan-Israel Friendship Society, says the people of the two countries have a lot in common. “There’s a similar mentality — friendly and open. And Haifa and Baku are… More ▸

  • Azerbaijan Courts Jews, Israel to Try and Win Favor with the U.S.

    Every time an American Jewish delegation visits the Jewish community in Baku, Azerbaijan’s president goes out of his way to meet with the group. President Heydar Aliyev was in Moscow when a delegation of more than 90 U.S. Jewish federation leaders arrived in Baku last week for their annual Voyage of Discovery mission. But when… More ▸

  • Israel Signs Health Pacts with Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan

    Israel has signed cooperative health agreements with Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, former Soviet republics. Israeli Health Minister Ephraim Sneh signed the accords during a short visit to the Central Asian countries this week. The agreements regulate exchanges of medical information and experts and will enable Israeli manufacturers to operate in the two countries. The accords also… More ▸

  • The Jews of Azerbaijan Enjoy Freedom, Republic Leader Says

    The Jews of Azerbaijan have full freedom of religion, the republic’s president, Heydar Aliyev, assured a visiting delegation this week. That message, to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, was reinforced in a meeting with the chief Muslim cleric of the former Soviet republic, which is largely Muslim and borders Iran. “Any relations that Azerbaijan… More ▸

  • Joint Seeks Official Recognition from Soviet Moldavia, Azerbaijan

    In a move reflecting the new strategies of Jewish organizations in dealing with a rapidly fragmenting Soviet Union, representatives of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee met last week with the leaders of Moldavia and Azerbaijan to seek official recognition for the humanitarian assistance agency. In separate meetings, Presidents Mircea Snegur of Moldavia and Ayaz… More ▸

  • Reports Say Jews in Azerbaijan Fleeing over Fear of Onslaught

    Almost all of the estimated 25,000 to 30,000 Jews in Baku, capital of the Soviet republic of Azerbaijan, want to leave for Israel immediately to escape ethnic strife. That was the consistent theme of telephone reports to leaders of B’nai B’rith International and the Long Island Committee for Soviet Jewry. A report in The Los… More ▸

  • Doctor is Sole Jewish Casualty in Unrest Sweeping Azerbaijan

    A physician who was treating an injured person is the sole known Jewish victim of the turbulence that has rocked the Soviet republic of Azerbaijan. Alexander Markevka was riding in an ambulance that was hit by gunfire, according to Daniel Mariaschin, director of international and public affairs for B’nai B’rith International. Mariaschin and Jacques Lurie,… More ▸

  • Jews Are Caught in the Middle of Ethnic Unrest in Azerbaijan

    There were conflicting reports Tuesday on whether Jews are among the casualties in the bloody unrest that has plunged the Soviet republic of Azerbaijan into a virtual civil war. Reports from the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews and on Israel Radio said Jews had died in the bitter fighting between the predominantly Shi’ite Moslem… More ▸