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  • The Iraqi pilot who defected to Israel

    The hijacker who loved Israel was thwarted on August 16, 1973. Seven years earlier, another interesting Arab-Israel aviation incident unfolded when an Iraqi air force captain defected to Israel: [The pilot] said that one of the reasons for his decision was that he was a Catholic in a Moslem country and felt that he was… More ▸

  • Special Interview with Silva Zalmanson

    Silva Zalmanson believes that only strict monitoring by the American government will ensure realization of the agreement allowing Soviet Jews to emigrate to Israel. She stressed today in an interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the Soviet Union does not like to make concessions and only agreed to the deal contained in the exchange… More ▸

  • City Hall Welcome for Zalmanson

    Silva Zalmanson, whose struggle for freedom has made her “the symbol” of Soviet Jews who are fighting for their freedom, was welcomed at City Hall today by Mayor Abraham D. Beame and more than 100 Jewish community leaders and activists on behalf of Soviet Jewry. She was greeted with champagne, a huge birthday cake (for… More ▸

  • Zalmanson in Israel; Phones Her Father in Riga to Say. ‘i’m Home’

    Silva Zalmanson landed at Ben Gurion Airport shortly before midnight last night and the throng on hand to greet her gave vent to the emotions that attended her long ordeal of imprisonment in the Soviet Union and her struggle for the right to emigrate. Acting Premier Yigal Allon greeted Mrs. Zalmanson with a kiss as… More ▸

  • Zalmanson on Way to Israel; Left Moscow and Arrived in Vienna

    Silva Zalmanson, released from a Russian prison three weeks ago after serving four years of a 10-year sentence for an alleged hijack attempt, is expected in Israel tonight. She left Moscow this morning for Vienna where she is expected to board a plane that will bring her to Israel at about midnight. Deputy Premier and… More ▸

  • Soviet Jewish Prisoners Said to Be in Desperate Straits

    “I am speaking in the name of all the (Soviet Jewish) prisoners. The people are in desperate straits. They have waited 5, 7, 10 years for their beloved ones…. We demand the intervention of international organizations on the conditions of the prisoners.” These were the words of Chaim Drori, an Israeli citizen who recently emigrated… More ▸