June 2, 1988 |
Last month, on the eve of a U.S.-Soviet summit conference with human rights on the agenda, 1,145 Jewish emigres left the Soviet Union with visas for Israel. A total of 86 actually arrived here. The rest became what the Israeli government calls "dropouts," exchanging their immigrant invitations to Israel for refugee status in some other country once they had crossed the Soviet border. Most went to the United States.
July 27, 1988
A five-man team of Israeli diplomats left for Moscow on a trip described by a Foreign Ministry official as a "major event." Yeshayahu Anug, deputy director of the Foreign Ministry, said the delegation's immediate purpose is to help process Israeli visas, both for Soviet Jews wishing to emigrate and those seeking to visit. The delegates traveled first to The Hague, where they are to pick up two-month Soviet visas before leaving Thursday for Moscow.
July 30, 1990 |
Housing Minister Ariel Sharon introduced his controversial housing plan for Soviet immigrants at a Cabinet meeting Sunday, but action was delayed because of opposition from Finance Minister Yitzhak Modai. Sharon proposed buying 50,000 mobile homes and 40,000 prefabricated houses in the next two years, calling on the government to build another 60,000 units each year over the next four years. Sharon's plan is mainly designed to accommodate Jewish immigrants from the Soviet Union.
October 14, 1987 |
The Soviet Union is violating international law by denying emigration to thousands of citizens on the grounds that they possess "state secrets," a Jewish organization said Tuesday in a report prepared for Secretary of State George P. Shultz. "The Soviet Union is alone among major developed states in routinely concluding that ordinary citizens possess 'state secrets' so as to justify preventing their leaving the country," said the report, released by the National Conference on Soviet Jewry.
February 28, 1990 |
She stands like a steel reed on the stage of the Bolshoi Conservatory, her tiny figure encased in gold lame, her mouth marked by a single streak of scarlet. Only her hands move, now flaying a violent chord, now lulling the violin almost to sleep. At intermission, the audience is ecstatic; fans rush the stage, shower her with flowers, even kneel at her feet and kiss her hand. At performance's end, after three encores, she is flooded with roses, tulips and carnations--more than 50 bouquets in all.
September 4, 1989 |
New limits on the admission of Soviet refugees to the United States won't reduce the number of Soviet Jews coming to the United States but will maintain their admissions at roughly 33,000 per year, Bush Administration officials said Sunday. The Administration, swamped by applications from Soviet Jews, has tentatively decided to put a ceiling on Soviet refugee admissions to hold them at current levels, the officials said.