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  • Trade Benefits Likely for Ussr, but to Be Withheld for Romania

    American Jewish groups expect the newly restored and reform-minded government of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev to soon be granted U.S. trade benefits for the first time since 1951. At the same time, they are backing the Bush administration’s decision last week to only partially waive trade sanctions against Romania, where Jews have increasingly become targets… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency Reopens in Romania

    The Romanian office of the Jewish Agency for Israel, shut down during 40 years of Communist rule, was reopened Sunday in Bucharest. The ceremonies were attended by the country’s chief rabbi, Moses Rosen, who affixed a mezuzah to the doorpost. The office was officially reopened by Simcha Dinitz, chairman of the Jewish Agency and World… More ▸

  • Dehind the Headlines: is New Anti-semitism in Romania Serious Threat or Minor Irritant?

    Jewish opinion here is divided over the danger to the Jewish community posed by the resurgence of anti-Semitism since the revolution last December removed barriers to free expression. Chief Rabbi Moshe Rosen sounded the alarm recently about threats to the physical existence of the Jewish community emanating from stepped-up agitation by “fascist and neo-fascist” circles,… More ▸

  • Romania Will Fight Anti-semitism, Its Leaders Tell Rabbinic Gathering

    The president and prime minister of Romania have promised a delegation of leading European rabbis that their government will combat anti-Semitism and ensure equal rights for all minorities. A 10-member delegation of the European Conference of Rabbis, headed by Lord Immanuel Jakobovits, chief rabbi of Britain, met for 45 minutes Tuesday with Romanian President Ion… More ▸

  • Ghosts of Nazism Haunt New Romania, Coaxing Jewish Vote to Ruling Party

    Ghosts, mainly imported from abroad, of Romania’s anti-Semitic, pro-Nazi past haunted this country’s small and rapidly shrinking Jewish community during the recent election campaign. It impelled Jews to vote heavily for the ruling National Salvation Front, which won Sunday’s elections by a landslide. But fears are still alive that Romania may be on the edge… More ▸

  • Israeli Doctors Visit Romania, Informed of Need for Supplies

    Two Israeli doctors who flew to Romania on Wednesday with eight tons of medical supplies for victims of the civil war received a warm welcome. However, their hosts told them that medicine and medical equipment was more urgently needed than medical personnel, according to word reaching here from Bucharest. That means that the six Romanian-speaking… More ▸

  • Closing of Romania’s Borders Not Disrupting Soviet Aliyah

    The immigration of Soviet Jews to Israel by way of Bucharest has not been disrupted, despite Romania’s decision to close its international borders, Israel Television reported Monday night. But it was unclear whether new groups of immigrants would be allowed to land there, as long as the present state of emergency continues. Bucharest has been… More ▸

  • Dinitz to Visit Romania Next Week; Debate over Visas Change Continues

    Simcha Dinitz will meet with President Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania early next week to discuss Israel’s recent decision to require Soviet Jews holding Israeli visas to fly here directly via Bucharest, Jewish Agency sources said Wednesday. They said that Dinitz, who is chairman of the Jewish Agency and World Zionist Organization Executive, also will visit… More ▸

  • Four Who Met with PLO in Romania Convicted Under Anti-terror Law

    Four Israelis who met with Palestine Liberation Organization representatives in Romania in November 1986 were found guilty in the Ramla magistrates court Thursday of violating Israel’s 1948 prevention of terrorism act. The law, as amended in August 1986, was interpreted by the court as forbidding Israelis from having contacts with members of organizations outlawed by… More ▸

  • Romania Won’t Seek MFN Status, but Says Emigration to Continue

    Romania, whose human rights practices have come under fire from the Reagan administration and Congress, has decided not to seek renewal of its most-favored-nation trade status under the Jackson-Vanik. Amendment, the State Department announced Friday. But State Department spokeswoman Phyllis Oakley said the Romanian government "has authoritatively stated to us that it will continue to… More ▸