USSR

  • Germans Hear of Soviet Anti-semitism

    An Austrian film director has made a documentary film showing an alarming picture of Soviet anti-Semitism. Ernst Grandest, who traveled extensively in the Soviet Union to make his film, screened it Sunday in Frankfurt. Noting that liberalization in the Soviet Union had brought to the fore a deep-rooted hatred of Jews, Grandest said security forces… More ▸

  • New Symphony Debuts in Israel; All Its Members Are Soviet Olim

    A new symphony orchestra made up entirely of emigre musicians from the Soviet Union drew a sell-out crowd of 1,000 to its concert debut at the Tel Aviv Museum on Monday night. Some 600 music lovers packed the auditorium, among them Tel Aviv Mayor Shlomo Lahat and Simcha Dinitz, chairman of the Jewish Agency and… More ▸

  • PLO Protests Won’t Deter Finland from Aiding Aliyah of Soviet Jews

    Finland has officially rejected protests by the Palestine Liberation Organization over its decision to allow Soviet Jewish emitters to fly from a Finnish airport directly to Israel. But Finland has beefed up security for its 520-troop battalion serving in southern Lebanon as part of the United Nations peacekeeping force. The Finns advised the PLO they… More ▸

  • Soviet Jewish Cemetery Desecrated

    Jewish graves and monuments were vandalized and defaced with swastikas in two Soviet cities last week, reports the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews. According to Soviet Jewish activist Alexander Shmukler, the word “Zhid” was scrawled on several tombstones in cemeteries in Moscow and Nalchik, a Russian town near the Georgian border. Sources in Moscow… More ▸

  • El Al Gets Permission to Fly Soviet Jews by Way of Finland

    Finland announced Tuesday that it will permit El Al Airlines to begin flying Soviet Jewish immigrants to Israel from Finnish territory. Christer Hagulund, press attache at Finland’s Consulate here, said an El Al plane will be permitted to fly emigres once a week from the eastern city of Lappeenranta to Israel. He said Finland had… More ▸

  • Soviet Immigration to Israel Surpasses 50,000 Mark for 1990

    Soviet Jews continued to arrive in Israel at a record pace last month, comprising all but a small number of olim from various parts of the world. Out of 12,600 immigrants who arrived here in June, 11,015 were Soviet Jews, the highest monthly total ever. The numbers were reported by the Jewish Agency for Israel… More ▸

  • House Leaves Aid to Israel Intact and Increases Funds for Soviet Jews

    The 1991 foreign aid spending bill, approved Wednesday by the House of Representatives, not only continues the $3 billion annual U.S. aid package for Israel, but also provides enough money for U.S. Jewish groups to bring close to 50,000 Soviet Jews here next fiscal year. In addition to holding the line on Israel’s all-grant economic… More ▸

  • Shamir Invites Soviet Officials to See Territories for Themselves

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir has suggested that the members of the Soviet consular mission in Tel Aviv visit the Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to see for themselves that the Israeli government is not directing Soviet olim to settle there. In an interview published Monday by the Hebrew daily Ma’ariv, Shamir… More ▸

  • Towns to Directly Aid Soviet Jews

    The Jewish Agency plans to involve municipalities more closely in the absorption of Soviet immigrants. Simcha Dinitz, chairman of the Jewish Agency and World Zionist Organization Executives, outlined his program at a gathering of several dozen mayors here last week. He said he would send Israeli mayors to the Soviet Union to prepare for direct… More ▸

  • Senator Urges Bush to Waive Soviet Trade Sanctions Now

    Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.) urged President Bush on Sunday to grant most-favored-nation trade status to the Soviet Union now by waiving provisions of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment for one year. In Indianapolis, meanwhile, the executive committee of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council adopted a resolution Monday urging those in the Jewish community relations… More ▸