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  • Georgian Court Sentences Author of Anti-semitic Article to One Year

    A court in the former Soviet republic of Georgia has given a one-year jail sentence to the author of an anti-Semitic article that appeared in a Georgian newspaper in August. Givi Alaznispireli, editor and publisher of Noah, an independent newspaper published in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, this week was sentenced for inciting racial and… More ▸

  • Anti-semitic Article Draws Ire of President of Georgia

    An anti-Semitic article in a newspaper in the former Soviet republic of Georgia has triggered a sharp response from the country’s leader. Noah, an independent newspaper published in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, published an article earlier this month blaming Jews for the high level of unemployment and other economic ills besetting the country in… More ▸

  • Synagogue Returned to Georgian Jews

    Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze flew to a remote mountainous town this week for a celebration of the return to the local Jews of a synagogue that had been confiscated by Communist authorities decades before. At the celebration in the town of Oni, Shevardnadze joined a 10-member delegation of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee that… More ▸

  • Fate Unclear of Jews Remaining in Fallen Georgian City of Sukhumi

    Direct contact has been lost with the small Jewish community remaining in the Georgian city of Sukhumi on the Black Sea, following its capture by Abkhazian separatists this week. Around 200 Jews remained in Sukhumi, after five separate Jewish Agency rescue operations brought 1,000 of the war-torn city’s Jews to Israel in recent months. Fifty… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency Rescuing Jews of Ex-soviet Georgian Region

    Sixty-five Jews from Abkhazia, a breakaway region of Georgia, in the former Soviet Union, arrived in Israel this week in a rescue operation organized by the Jewish Agency. They arrived here late Tuesday night with 140 other Jews from Georgia. The rescue operation began with the group traveling in buses from Sukhumi, the capital of… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency Reopens Office in War-torn Capital of Georgia

    The Jewish Agency is back in the aliyah business in Tbilisi, capital of the now-independent republic of Georgia, formerly part of the Soviet Union. The Jewish Agency’s office in the City Hall overlooking the central square was in the path of recent fighting, as rebels sought, then succeeded, to unseat President Zviad Gamsakhurdia. The Jewish… More ▸

  • Soviet Georgian Officials Visit Israel

    Two officials of the Soviet Republic of Georgia are in Israel on a nine-day tour and are being given almost royal treatment. The Georgians, Culture Minister Valery Estiani and Foreign Trade Minister Raphael Aligurashvili, were greeted at the airport by Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and Knesset member Efraim Gur, a native Georgian who initiated the… More ▸

  • Billy Carter Hosts Libyan Dele Gation to Georgia, Takes a Slap at Jews

    The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith sharply criticized yesterday President Carter’s brother, Billy Carter, for hosting a Libyan delegation to Georgia and signing a friendship agreement with it. This morning, Maynard Jackson, the Black Mayor of Atlanta, refused to meet with the Libyan delegation, saying he was too busy. Carter rapped the Mayor and reportedly… More ▸

  • Soviet Jews Fear New Crackdown After 4 Georgian Jews Sentenced to Death

    Death sentences imposed earlier this month by a Ukrainian court in Donetsk on four Georgian Jews was clearly an act of anti-Semitism, a spokesman for the “Shomer Achi Anochi” (I Am My Brother’s keeper) said here. The four condemned men were among 56 persons, non-Jews and Jews, who worked in a textile factory near Baku… More ▸