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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jewish Immigration Up

JERUSALEM -- Immigration by Russian Jews to Israel is significantly up in 1999, fueled in part by the economic crisis and rising anti-Semitism in Russia, the quasi-governmental Jewish Agency said.

The Jewish Agency said Sunday that 7,933 Russian Jews had immigrated to Israel in the first quarter of 1999, a 116 percent increase over the same period a year earlier.

It said 16,389 immigrants from the former Soviet Union had arrived in the first four months of the year, up from 13,336 in that period of 1998.

"Anti-Semitism has become one of the major reasons for immigration to Israel from Russia since the economic and political crisis began in August 1998," the organization said in a statement.