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  • Soviet Official Says Direct Flights Would Restrict Freedom of Choice

    Because the Soviet Union believes in “freedom of choice” for Soviet Jews wishing to emigrate, it will not drop its ban on direct emigre flights to Israel for the foreseeable future, a senior Soviet Embassy official said Tuesday. Soviet political counselor Vyacheslav Matuzov said that for economic reasons, many Jews who are able to leave… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency Hit by Cash Shortage Caused by High Cost of Soviet Aliyah

    The Jewish Agency for Israel has stopped paying many of its bills as a result of the huge operating deficit run up by the enormous cost of the Soviet aliyah. “A lot of people are screaming now for their money,” said an agency official who requested anonymity, “but we have to take care of the… More ▸

  • German Quota on Soviet Jews Assailed by Jewish Community

    A high-level agreement to place a quota on the number of Soviet Jews admitted to Germany was assailed by the Jewish community Sunday. Its chairman, Heinz Galinski, said a decision to set a ceiling on Soviet Jewish immigrants, reportedly reached this weekend in Dresden at a meeting of the interior ministers of the 16 federal… More ▸

  • Soviet Jews Not Warmly Welcomed

    Jewish immigrants from the Soviet Union who are arriving daily in what was formerly East Germany do not always get a warm reception, according to Jewish activists here. In Leipzig, Dresden, Rostock and other cities and towns in eastern Germany, the local authorities complain of the burden of providing housing and municipal services for people… More ▸

  • More Than 10,000 Soviet Jews Ask Germany for Immigrant Visas

    More than 10,000 Soviet Jews have applied for immigration visas to Germany, according to official figures. Jews are arriving in Berlin from the Soviet Union at the rate of about 20 a day. Their number seems insignificant, however, compared to the tens of thousands of Soviet Jews pouring into Israel each month. Nevertheless, Israel is… More ▸

  • Orthodox Ministers Complaining Non-jews Immigrating from USSR

    Orthodox Cabinet ministers are continuing to complain that non-Jews are being admitted to Israel as Soviet immigrants. Menachem Porush, appointed deputy minister of labor and social affairs when his Agudat Yisrael party joined the Likud-led government last month, is the latest to make such claims. He charged at Sunday’s Cabinet meeting that Soviet non-Jews are… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency Shipping Food to USSR on Special El Al Flights to Moscow

    The Jewish Agency for Israel is sending two shipments of food to Moscow this week on special El A### flights, which will pick up Soviet emigrants in Eastern Europe on their way back to Israel. This was announced Tuesday night by Simcha Dinitz, chairman of the Jewish Agency Executive. An EI AI 767 left late… More ▸

  • Soviet Jewry Group Urges Bush to Waive Jackson-vanik Sanctions

    In a major policy change, the National Conference on Soviet Jewry has announced it will ask President Bush to consider a one-year waiver of trade sanctions against the Soviet Union imposed by the Jackson-Vanik Amendment to the U.S. Trade Act of 1974. The National Conference “now believes that the president should consider waiving the provisions… More ▸

  • Bush’s Reappraisal of Jackson-vanik Takes Soviet Jewry Groups by Surprise

    President Bush’s indication that he is considering waiving Jackson-Vanik Amendment trade sanctions against the Soviet Union before it enacts promised legislation reforming emigration policy has caught Soviet Jewry advocacy groups by surprise. The Union of Councils for Soviet Jews announced its opposition to the idea minutes after President Bush mentioned the possibility Friday during a… More ▸

  • Arrival of 2,500 Soviet Olim Sets All-time One-day Record

    The one-day record of immigration to Israel was broken Thursday when nearly 2,500 newcomers, almost all of them from the Soviet Union, arrived in a fleet of planes. It brought to 24,000 the number of immigrant arrivals so far in November. The total for the first 11 months of the year is about 160,000, 65… More ▸