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Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry

  • Solidarity Sunday Revived in N.Y., but with a New Slant and Slogan

    After more than two decades of activism on behalf of Soviet Jews, the rallying cry of "Let My People Go" was changed to "Let My People Fly" and "Bring My People Home." It was the first Solidarity Sunday amid glasnost. Official police estimates of 127,000 people–although more realistic figures put the number at a fraction… More ▸

  • 70 Arrested Near Soviet Mission Protesting Anti-semitism in USSR

    Some 70 activists demanding that Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev publicly denounce the growing wave of anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union and that the Kremlin allow direct flights to Israel were arrested Sunday at the Soviet Mission to the United Nations. The activists, assembled by the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, were released after being charged… More ▸

  • Violence Against Jews Reported in the Ukrainian City of Kharkov

    Anti-Semitic activity turned to violence last week in the Ukrainian city of Kharkov, according to Soviet press reports. Jewish apartments were broken into, and about 20 Jews were beaten, although no deaths were reported. The chief of Kharkov’s Department of Internal affairs was quoted Tuesday in the Moscow newspaper Trud as saying that court proceedings… More ▸

  • Jews the World over Mourn Death of Human Rights Champion Sakharov

    Andrei Sakharov, a rare voice for human rights in the Soviet Union, will be sorely missed by the world Jewish community, which noted his passing with sadness. Sakharov, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and nuclear physicist who died of a heart attack on Dec. 14, was once described by Soviet Jewish activist Natan Sharansky as… More ▸

  • Bush Tells Soviets That Reforms Must Precede Trade Concessions

    George Bush ended his first superpower summit conference as president without giving Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev a firm commitment to ease trade sanctions against the USSR, though it is clearly the U.S. administration’s desire to do so. The two countries agreed to set up informal working groups to draft a bilateral trade agreement. But Bush… More ▸

  • Baker Leaves Open Possibility Bush Will Offer a Jackson-vanik Waiver

    Secretary of State James Baker left open the possibility Wednesday that President Bush might offer a one-year waiver of Jackson-Vanik Amendment trade sanctions when he meets with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev this weekend. “I don’t want to prejudge what the president’s position on that might be in his discussions with Secretary-General Gorbachev,” Baker said in… More ▸

  • Soviets Say Three-fourths of Jews on U.S. List Will Be Able to Leave

    Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze reportedly has told U.S. Secretary of State James Baker that three-quarters of those on a list of more than 500 longtime refuseniks will receive permission to leave “within a short frame of time.” The news was reported Sunday by Elan Steinberg, executive director of the World Jewish Congress, who spoke… More ▸

  • Outrage over Cardinal’s Speech is Mounting Among Jews in U.S.

    Jewish outrage continued to mount Tuesday over anti-Semitic remarks by Polish Cardinal Jozef Glemp concerning Jewish protests against the convent on the grounds of the former Auschwitz death camp. Glemp charged, among other things, that Jews control the international news media and are using it to vilify Poland. He accused Jewish protestors of attacking the… More ▸

  • News Analysis: Ncsj Decision Charts New Course for Soviet Jewry Movement in U.S.

    Since its adoption in 1975, the Jackson-Vanik Amendment has been the most tangible proof of the U.S. government’s intentions on Soviet Jewry. As the late Sen. Henry Jackson, the Democrat from Washington, described it in its earliest stages, the law would say to Soviet leaders that Congress is determined to grant favorable trade status only… More ▸

  • Ncsj Conditionally Supports Waiver of Jackson-vanik Amendment Sanctions

    The National Conference on Soviet Jewry said Tuesday it was “prepared to support a waiver” of sanctions contained in the 1975 Jackson-Vanik Amendment, if President Bush receives “appropriate assurances” from the Soviet Union in four key areas. The conference’s preconditions for granting such a waiver are a sustained high level of Soviet emigration; codification of… More ▸