About 300 Jews arrived in Israel on Saturday night (29 September 1973) from the Soviet Union, half of them via Rumania and the remainder through Vienna.
About 300 Jews arrived in Israel on Saturday night (29 September 1973) from the Soviet Union, half of them via Rumania and the remainder through Vienna. A large but undisclosed number are still staying at the Schoenan transit camp, which the Austrian Government agreed to close after Friday's guerrilla seizure of hostages. According to the Israeli news agency " Time", if the flow of immigrants continued only at Saturday's rate, it could be necessary to transfer these now in the camp to private hostels.
The Jewish Agency, which handles immigration to Israel, says the pressure on facilities was caused by a four-day interruption of flights to Israel over the Jewish New Year and Sabbath. Jews continued to leave the U.S.S.R. in this period, but were unable to continue their journey. Reacting to the closure of Schoenan, the Acting Head of Jewish Agency leon Dulczin said there would be no surrender to blackmail and the Agency would overcome the difficulties of the situation.
THE FOLLOWING IS TRANSCRIPTION OF NARRATION OF NARRATION ON FILM BY N.B.C. REPORTER DAVID BURRINGTON, TO BE USED FOR GUIDANCE ONLY, AND ALSO OF A STATEMENT ON FILM BY MR. DULCZIN.
SYNOPSIS: If the Austrian Government goes ahead with its intention to close the Schoenau transit camp, this group of Soviet Jews may be among the last to arrive at Led Airport from Vienna. Until now, most of the immigrants have passed through Austria, but the Government there promised to close the camp after Friday's seizure of hostages by two Arab guerrillas. The Israeli Cabinet has sharply attacked the Austrian move.
Suspension of air services to Israel for four days during the Jewish New Year and Sabbath has meant that a number of immigrants are still at Scheenau. But Leon Dulczin, Acting Head of the Jewish Agency, which handles immigration is confident of a solution.