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  • El Al Gets Permission to Fly Soviet Jews by Way of Finland

    Finland announced Tuesday that it will permit El Al Airlines to begin flying Soviet Jewish immigrants to Israel from Finnish territory. Christer Hagulund, press attache at Finland’s Consulate here, said an El Al plane will be permitted to fly emigres once a week from the eastern city of Lappeenranta to Israel. He said Finland had… More ▸

  • Finland to Sell Soviet Oil to Israel

    Finland may soon begin selling excess Soviet oil to Israel, according to a report Tuesday in the Israeli daily Haaretz. According to the paper, an agreement to this effect has already been signed between the two countries, though the subject is being blacked out by both sides due to the sensitivities involved. Israel’s Energy Minister… More ▸

  • Reagan Stresses Human Rights in Pre-summit Helsinki Speech

    President Reagan, in his final speech before meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, stressed Friday that there can be no “true international security without respect for human rights.” Reagan, who was in Helsinki to rest before leaving Sunday for Moscow for his meetings with Gorbachev, made the observation that he was speaking from the same… More ▸

  • Shultz Speaks from the Heart at Shabbat Dinner in Helsinki

    Secretary of State George Shultz, attending a traditional Shabbat dinner Friday night in Helsinki, stressed that the United States will “never give up” until Soviet Jews are allowed to emigrate freely or practice their religion unhindered in the Soviet Union. “I am here to join you in making a statement that we understand the problems… More ▸

  • Soviet Jewry Activists Planning to Picket Next Week in Helsinki

    Soviet Jewry groups from the United States will be out in force in Helsinki next week, to try and insure that the issue of Soviet Jewry and their right to emigrate from the USSR is not forgotten at the Moscow summit that begins May 29. President Reagan will stop in the Finnish capital for several… More ▸

  • Pre-Summit Human Rights Vigil to Take Place in Helsinki

    Fifty American Jewish leaders will attempt to focus world attention on the plight of Soviet Jewry by greeting President Reagan in Helsinki when he stops off en route to his summit meeting in Moscow with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The Jewish leaders, who will be in the Finnish capital May 25 to May 29, will… More ▸

  • 2,000 People, Mostly Gentiles, Mark Ben Gurion Centennial in Helsinki

    More than 2,000 people, most of them gentiles, attended a David Ben Gurion centennial gathering in Helsinki, Finland, last week, under the auspices of Jewish National Fund world chairman Moshe Rivlin. The chairman, back from a tour of Scandinavia, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency Sunday that the interest in JNF’s work among non-Jews in all… More ▸

  • State Department Report Says Soviet Compliance with Helsinki Accords Remains ‘seriously Flawed’

    The compliance by the Soviet Union and Soviet Bloc countries with the human rights provisions of the Helsinki Accords remains “seriously flawed,” State Department spokesman Charles Redman said Wednesday. Redman gave this assessment as the State Department released the 21st Semi-annual Report on the Implementation of the Helsinki Final Act. The report, which covers the… More ▸

  • On Eve of the Helsinki Accords Review Meeting: Soviet Union Indicted for Harsh Treatment of Its Jewi

    A severe indictment of the Soviet Union for harsh treatment of its Jewish citizens, particularly these seeking to emigrate, was lodged here Tuesday on the eve of the East-West follow-up conference on implementation of the human rights provisions of the 1975 Helsinki accords. The conference, attended by delegations from 35 countries and hundreds of observers,… More ▸

  • Shultz to Emphasize USSR Human Rights Violations when He Goes to Vienna for the Helsinki Accords Rev

    Secretary of State George Shultz said Friday that he will “emphasize” the Soviet Union’s violations of human rights when he goes to Vienna Tuesday for the 35-nation conference to review the implementation of the 1975 Helsinki Accords. “Arms control agreements with a regime that violates human rights cannot be truly successful in guaranteeing international security,”… More ▸