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  • State Dept. in Close Contact with Rumania over Education Tax

    The State Department said it could not confirm a report that Rabbi Moses Rosen, Chief Rabbi of Rumania, said that the education tax the Rumanian government had imposed last month on would-be immigrants does not affect Jews. But Department spokesman John Hughes noted that the U.S. government is keeping close contact with the Rumanian government… More ▸

  • U.S. Blasts Rumania’s Education Tax on Would-be Emigrants As a ‘draconian Measure’

    The Reagan Administration today called the education tax the Rumanian government has imposed on would-be emigrants a “Draconian measure” and warned that it will jeopardize Rumania’s Most Favored Nation (MFN) trade status with the U.S. State Department spokesman John Hughes said the tax “will make it much more difficult for the President to continue to… More ▸

  • Rumania Promulgates New Regulations That Make It More Difficult for Jews to Emigrate

    Jewish Agency chairman Leon Dulzin vowed today to “fight with all our strength” against newly promulgated regulations in Rumania that threaten drastically to curtail Jewish emigration from there. “As we succeeded in the past against the Russians, so too we will succeed again,” Dulzin said in a sharp statement issued in Jerusalem. The new Rumanian… More ▸

  • Reagan to Decide on Mfn Status for Rumania

    President Reagan will decide this spring whether to recommend the Most Favored Nation (MFN) trade status for Rumania “not on Rumanian pledges but Rumanian performances on human rights issues” such as emigration, State Department spokesman John Hughes said. He noted that when Congress was considering extension of MFN for Rumania last summer the Rumanian government… More ▸

  • Rumania Seeks Mideast Role

    A special envoy from Rumania met yesterday with Premier Menachem Begin and delivered a message from President Nicolas Ceausescu that Rumania is willing to act as an intermediary between Israel, Syria and the PLO. The envoy, Vasile Pungun, reportedly a senior official in Rumania’s Communist Party, last week visited Beirut, where he met PLO chief… More ▸

  • U.S. Urged to Suspend Rumania’s Mfn Status

    Charging that Rumania has “made no concessions or even gestures of goodwill” in its Jewish emigration policy, the national director of the Center for Russian and East European Jewry urged the United States to suspend Rumania’s Most Favored Nation (MFN) status, during hearings of a House Trade Subcommittee Monday. In testimony which challenged the position… More ▸

  • U.S. Urged to Extend Mfn to Rumania for Another Year

    The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations urged the United States to extend Most Favored Nation (MFN) trade status to Rumania for another year despite the concerns the Conference continues to voice over the delays in processing Jewish emigration from Rumania. Testifying on behalf of the Conference, Jack Spitzer, president of B’nai B’rith… More ▸