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  • Position on Rumania Clarified

    Dr. Jacob Birnbaum, national director of the Center for Russian and East European Jewry, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today that he was not seeking to block the extension of most favored nation (MFN) trade status to Rumania when he urged American Jews last week to support letters circulating in both houses of Congress warning… More ▸

  • Reagan’s Warning to Rumania on Jewish Emigration Hailed

    President Reagan’s stern warning to the Rumanian government that it must significantly improve its emigration procedures for Jews seeking to go to Israel or face the loss of most favored nation (MFN) trade status with the U.S., was hailed as a “breakthrough” by a Jewish emigration activist today. But Dr. Jacob Bimbaum, national director of… More ▸

  • Senators Warn Lack of Emigration May Bar Mfn Renewal for Rumania

    Twenty two U.S. Senators have called on the Reagan Administration to engage in “serious and intensive discussions” with the Rumanian government on the decline in Rumanian Jewish emigration in recent years and reports of oppression suffered by Christian groups in Rumania before the Administration recommends to Congress renewal of Most Favored Nation (MFN) trade status… More ▸

  • Tightening of Israel-rumania Commercial Ties Are in the Offing

    Premier Menachem Begin met today with Vassily Pugnan, an emissary of President Nicolae Ceausescu of Rumania, in what was later described as a “very fruitful” discussion. A spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office said the meeting would result in tightening commercial ties between Israel and Rumania. But political observers here expressed disbelief that Begin and… More ▸

  • 1,000 Immigrants from Rumania

    About 1,000 Jewish immigrants from Rumania arrived in Israel last year, Rafael Kotlowitz, head of the Jewish Agency’s Immigration and Absorption Department, reported at the weekly session of the World Zionist Organization Executive yesterday. Kotlowitz, who recently visited Rumania, said that although the Rumanian government objects to emigration in principle, it makes an exception regarding… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Urged to Take New Initiative on Rumanian Jewry

    Organizations comprising the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations are being asked to take new initiatives on Rumanian Jewish emigration before the July 27 Senate hearings on the renewal of most-favored-nation status for Rumania. Such renewal is dependent on Congressional determination whether Rumania is making satisfactory progress toward freer emigration under the Jackson… More ▸

  • Thousands of Rumanian Jews Mark 40th Anniversary of 1941 Pogrom

    Three thousand Jews from all over Moldavia joined by thousands of other Rumanians, gathered in lassy today to mark the 40th anniversary of the pogrom in 1941 when over 10,000 Jews were murdered in the streets of that city or were asphyxiated in the infamous “death train.” The mass gathering, which was televised nationally, heard… More ▸

  • Presidents Conference Supports Extension of Rumania’s Mfn Status

    Jack Spitzer, president of B’nai B’rith International, told a Congressional panel yesterday that the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations supports another one-year approval of most favored nation (MFN) status for Rumania in view of its record on Jewish emigration. But he said continued close scrutiny was necessary, as well as changes in… More ▸