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Closing of Romania’s Borders Not Disrupting Soviet Aliyah

December 19, 1989
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The immigration of Soviet Jews to Israel by way of Bucharest has not been disrupted, despite Romania’s decision to close its international borders, Israel Television reported Monday night.

But it was unclear whether new groups of immigrants would be allowed to land there, as long as the present state of emergency continues.

Bucharest has been for some time the favored route taken by Soviet Jews immigrating to Israel. Direct flights have been provided from Moscow to Bucharest and then to Tel Aviv.

Meanwhile, El Al Israel Airlines advised passengers booked on its flights to Bucharest that they must have special permits, because the borders have been closed to ordinary tourists.

Romania appears to be in the throes of popular upheaval against the 24-year rule of President Nicolae Ceausescu, and the outcome remains in doubt.

Unlike similar recent developments in the other Communist countries of Eastern Europe, the Romanian revolt is being suppressed by force, according to reports reaching here.

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