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1,700 A Day Ask
For Moscow Visas
Soviet Jews are applying to
come to Israel at the rate of
1,700 a day, World Zionist
Organization Chairman Sim-
cha Dinitz said at the opening
of the Zionist General Council
"A quarter of the Jewish
people is on the move in the
direction of Israel," Dinitz told
150 delegates representing
Zionist organizations from all
over the world. The Zionist
General Council, which con-
venes once a year in Jerusa-
lem, is the governing body of
the WZO between Zionist con-
Israel's goal, Dinitz said, is
to "make every effort to bring
out as many (Soviet) Jews as
possible in the shortest possi-
ble time." He said that emis-
saries of the Zionist movement
were in the Soviet Union
teaching Hebrew and prepar-
ing thousands of Jews for
WZO Treasurer Meir Shee-
trit called on world Jewry to
launch a militant campaign to
free the 3,000 Jews of Yemen,
Continued on Page 2
Give Israel
Carter Says
United States needs to give
Israel's new government
"breathing space to develop a
peace policy, former President
Jimmy Carter told a group of
American Jewish leaders.
Continued on Page 2
U.S. Welcomes Pledge
From Sharon On Olim
WASHINGTON (JTA) Israeli Housing Minister Ariel
Sharon's statement that Soviet Jews would not be settled
in the West Bank or Gaza Strip is a "hopeful develop-
ment," the State Department said.
Sharon's statement, made to delegates attending the
Jewish Agency Assembly in Jerusalem, was also welcomed
by a number of American Jewish groups.
But it remains unclear whether the United States will
insist that Israel not encourage Soviet Jews to settle in
East Jerusalem, as well.
The United States has said it will not release $400 million
in loan guarantees to help build housing for Soviet Jews in
Israel until it receives assurances that the immigrants will
not be settled in the administered territories.
Israel considers East Jerusalem, which it formally
annexed in 1967, to be an inseparable part of the capital.
The United States views it as part of the disputed
An estimated 6,000 of the 10,000 Soviet Jews who have
settled in Jerusalem over the past year live in parts of
Jerusalem formerly controlled by Jordan.
The $400 million in loan guarantees was contained in a
multi-billion dollar supplemental appropriations bill signed
into law by President Bush in late May.
Congress did not condition the $400 million guarantee on
the administration receiving assurances on East Jerusa-
lem. For its part, the Bush administration has been vague
for months on what assurances it wanted.
At her briefing, State Department spokeswoman Mar-
garet Tutwiler called Sharon's comments "a hopeful
development, as they responded to international concerns
including our own."
But department sources said Tutwiler was reluctant to
fully endorse Sharon's statements, based on concern about
East Jerusalem.
"We're still unclear, because we've seen various versions
of (Sharon's statements), and we honestly don't know,"
one official said.
A source in the pro-Israel community said he did not
think "it would be useful" for the United States to press
the East Jerusalem issue. But he said all indications are
that the administration is still concerned about Jews
settling in East Jerusalem.
Continued on Page 2
Jerusalem Invites Syria, USSR
Prime Minister Yitzhak Sha-
mir has suggested that the
members of the Soviet consu-
lar mission in Tel Aviv visit the
Jewish settlements in the
West Bank and Gaza Strip to
see for themselves that the
Israeli government is not
directing Soviet olim to settle
In an interview published by
the Hebrew daily Ma'ariv,
Shamir said, "If they would
visit, they would see with their
own eyes that there is no truth
to the lies that are being
spread about us. The members
of the delegation do not even
have to apply to the authorities
Israel is an open and free
The prime minister said the
"lies against us" continued to
be spread by hostile propa-
ganda despite his own
repeated denials.
The government's position is
that it does not direct immi-
grants to any particular area;
but it does not prevent any
Jew from living wherever he
or she wishes in Israel.
Official figures show that
there are only about 200
Soviet olim in the territories,
excluding East Jerusalem,
which Israel regards as an
integral part of a unified Jeru-
"The propaganda against us
is shocking, Shamir said.
"Therefore, I call on the mem-
bers of the consular delegation
to go and see with their own
eyes. But I doubt they will do
A senior Soviet delegation
member would only say, "I
shall not respond to diplomatic
contacts with the Israeli gov-
The two countries have no
diplomatic ties, although they
maintain consular offices in
each other's country and have
been engaging in all manner of
trade and scientific exchange
Just five days after Secret-
ary of State James Baker
strongly intimated that
Israel's new government had
no interests in continuing the
peace process, Shamir has
Continued on Page 2
Sharon, right, chats with new Israel Foreign Minister David
Levy at a reception for the new right-wing government here. Levy
suggested Israeli forces can withdraw from Gaza, Judea and
Samaria as part of a peace settlement. Sharon, now in charge of
immigration, declined to promise not to settle Soviet Jews in the
territories. APIWide World Photo
Abortion Decisions
Of Court Denounced
Jewish groups are angrily
charging that a woman's right
to an abortion has been further
eroded by two Supreme Court
decisions upholding laws
requiring either parental or
judicial approval for a teen-
ager to end a pregnancy.
"I am outraged; it is much
worse than we imagined," said
Joan Bronk, president of the
National Council of Jewish
The decisions on laws in Ohio
and Minnesota "show that the
Supreme Court is not tuned in
with the reality of family life in
America today," Bronk said.
The Ohio law, which requires
a minor to notify at least one
parent or guardian 24 hours
before an abortion, was upheld
by the Supreme Court in a 6-3
Former Prime Minister Yitz-
hak Rabin this week emerged
as the almost certain new
leader of Israel's Labor Party
to succeed Shimon Peres.
TEL AVIV The Israeli defense estab-
lishment responds angrily to recent press
reports on the supply of weapons to such
countries as Ethiopia and China.
WASHINGTON The support of most
Jewish organizations for the Civil Rights
Act of 1990 could tip the balance on
whether President Bush vetoes or sign the
NEW YORK The National Conference
of Catholic Bishops and the Synagogue
Council of America issue a historic joint
statement pledging to work together to
combat such problems as drugs, crime,
depression, alcoholism, promiscuity, AIDS
and teen pregnancies.
WASHINGTON Soviet leaders may
have postponed action on an emigration
reform bill because they feared it would
not win a vote in the Supreme Soviet, says
the director of a Soviet Jewry advocacy

Page 2 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, June 29, 1990
1,700 A Day Ask
For Moscow Visas
Government Weathers Big Strike
Continued from Page 1
who he said are living in terri-
ble conditions.
"The silence on this issue is a
crime that will not be forgi-
ven," he said. "We in the
Zionist movement should not
wait for an initiative by the
government (of Israel), but
should start a campaign in all
public forums. I am certain
that it will bring results."
Dinitz welcomed delegates
from the Soviet Union and
Hungary who are attending
the Zionist conference for the
first time.
The Zionist General Council,
which will be followed at the
end of this week by the open-
ing of the annual Jewish
Agency Assembly, is grap-
pling with the sensitive issue
of Jewish education in the
Diaspora, one of the main
functions of the WZO.
The delegates discussed a
proposal to set up a "Jewish
Education Authority," which
is supposed to reorganize the
many education programs for
Diaspora Jews run by the
Dinitz, a Labor Party mem-
ber who also chairs the Jewish
Agency Executive, stressed
the positive side of the pro-
Continued from Page 1
challenged one of Israel's most
intractable foes to come to the
negotiating table.
In an interview with an
Egyptian newspaper, Shamir
challenged Syrian President
Hafez Assad to visit Israel for
peace talks, "with no prior
Last week, Assad, address-
ing a session of the People's
Council, said the next war with
Israel could spell disaster for
both parties. But, he said, the
Arabs would suffer less
because of the Arab countries'
large, unpopulated territories,
compared to the dense popula-
tion centers of Israel.
Shamir's remarks to the
Egyptian paper were seen
here as the new government's
first attempt to create a more
positive image in the eyes of
the Arab world.
Foreign Minister David
Levy, who is hospitalized fol-
lowing a mild heart attack,
met Sunday with Professor
Shimon Shamir, Israel's
ambassador to Egypt, and told
him he wanted to improve rela-
tions with Egypt.
posal, which he said assures
the dominance of the WZO and
a victory for Zionist ideology.
The Likud bloc in the WZO,
however, opposes the pro-
posal. Likud leader Mattityahu
Drobles said that the authority
would spell "the end of the
Zionist movement," because of
policy- making powers to be
ceded to the fund-raising and
communal leaders.
The American Zionists affili-
ated with or sympathetic to
Likud, including the Zionist
Organization of America, are
also opposed to the plan.
Other American Zionist
groups, including Hadassah,
Na'amat USA, the Association
of Reform Zionists of America
and Mercaz, the association of
Conservative Zionists, support
the plan. Nevertheless, these
groups have serious reserva-
tions about some of its provi-
Carter Asks
Continued from Page 1
But a leading opposition
member of the Israeli Knesset
warned another group of Jew-
ish leaders here that if Prime
Minister Yitzhak Shamir does
not move quickly to advance
the peace process, Israel will
face "a shift toward the worst
way of pursuing a policy of
peace in the region."
Former Defense Minister
Yitzhak Rabin said that if
Israel does not continue to
work with Egypt and the
United States toward an
accommodation with the
Palestinians, it will face
increased pressure to take
part in a U.N.-sponsored inter-
national peace conference, in
which the Palestinian Libera-
tion Organization would likely
play a central part.
Greek Premier,
Jewish Leaders
Hold 'Love Fest'
stantine Mitsotakis, the new
prime minister of Greece, and
American Jewish leaders pled-
ged their mutual support here
in a meeting that could accu-
rately be described as a "love
But "it was a 'love feast'
we've waited eight years to
hold," exulted Abraham Fox-
man, national director of the
Anti- Defamation League of
B'nai B'rith, who enthusiasti-
cally embraced the 71-year-old
Mitsotakis before Greek televi-
sion cameras.
Since 1981, relations
between Greece and the Jew-
ish world had been strained
over the often anti-Israel and
anti-U.S. policies of former
Prime Minister Andreas
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Number 13
Minister Yitzhak Shamir's
new government weathered
its first labor crisis.
Close to a million workers
were idled by a general strike
called by Histadrut, the trade
union federation. It was fully
observed in some quarters but
amounted to little more than
token work stoppages in
Fisticuffs erupted at a tex-
tile plant in Afula, where some
200 employees reported for
work in defiance of strike
Iraq Threat
king officers of Israel's mili-
tary intelligence warned of the
likelihood that terrorist
attacks on Israel would
increase, and that a new, dan-
gerous threat from Iraq may
develop on Israel's eastern
Brig. Gen Danny Roths-
child, who heads the analysis
division of the Israel Defense
Force intelligence branch, said
that in the past three years the
faction favoring a political set-
tlement managed to hold influ-
ence within the Palestine Lib-
eration Organization.
But he was not sure how
much longer that would last if
the peace process is not imple-
mented, he added.
Rothschild addressed mili-
tary correspondents on the
occasion of Intelligence Corps
He warned that Israel's fail-
ure to implement the 1987
agreement reached by then
Foreign Minister Shimon
Peres and Jordan's King Hus-
sein at a secret London meet-
ing has already contributed to
Hussein's swing toward Iraq
and its belligerent policy.
Abortion Decisions
Continued from Page 1
The law allows a teen-ager
who does not want to notify
her parents to get approval
from a judge by proving she is
mature enough to make her
own decisions or that seeking
parental approval would not be
in her best interests.
In the Minnesota case, the
court struck down a section of
the law that required that both
biological parents be notified
48 hours in advance of an
But by a 5-4 vote, it upheld
another provision that allows a
court to make the decision as
an alternative to both parents.
"Strengthening the family is
a matter of highest priority in
Jewish life," said Ann Lewis,
chairwoman of the American
Jewish Congress Commission
for Women's Equality.
"But parental consent and
notification laws, even with
judicial bypass procedures, do
nothing to help families," she
Richard Fulton, associate
legal director of the American
Jewish Committee, also expre-
ssed "dismay" at the deci-
sions, arguing that the require-
ment on parental notification
will not help strengthen family
Six workers were injured
and received first aid. Police
detained eight local union offi-
cials for questioning.
No other violent incidents
were reported.
Finance Minister Yitzhak
Moda'i, who was sworn into
office Monday, estimated the
walkout cost the economy
He proved powerless to
avert it. Although Histadrut
Secretary-General Yisrael
Kessar was prepared to post-
pone the strike as a goodwill
gesture, he was overruled by
Chaim Haberfeld, head of His-
tadrut's Trades Union Depart-
ment, and by the central and
local strike committees.
The general strike was cal-
led more than two weeks ago
to protest the government's
alleged procrastination of
negotiations for new wage
contracts. The trade union fed-
eration also expressed its dis-
pleasure over Israel's worsen-
ing economic situation and
record unemployment.
JERUSALEM By the end of this month, 1 million
Soviet Jews, a third of the estimated Jewish population
there, will hold invitations from Israel that will enable them
to apply to leave the Soviet Union, an Israeli government
official tells a group of American Jewish leaders here.
PARIS (JTA) Interior Minister Pierre Joxe is suing
Jean-Marie Le Pen, the leader of the extreme right-wing
National Front, for libeling him in connection with the
desecration of the Jewish cemetery in Carpentras last
month. Joxe also has asked the Parliament of Europe to lift
Le Pen's immunity.
TEL AVIV (JTA) Construction of the Voice of
America radio relay station in the Negev will be delayed for
two years, pending completion of a two-year survey on its
possible damage to migrating birds, the National Council
for Building and Planning announced.
U.S. Welcomes Pledge
From Sharon On Olim
Continued from Page 1
"If the State Department was not satisfied with Ariel
Sharon's remarks, then clearly, it could be a significant
stumbling block," the source said.
President Bush, when asked about the housing loans at
his news conference announcing suspension of the U.S.
dialogue with the Palestine Liberation Organization, said
the money was not to be used to finance new settlements in
Israel's "post-1967 territories."
When Assistant Secretary of State John Kelly was
pressed at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing
about the issue, he "made no distinction, bottom line,
between East Jerusalem and occupied territory," the
pro-Israel source said.
He interpreted both Kelly's and Bush's comments as
emphasizing the East Jerusalem issue.
An Israeli Embassy official, however, said, he "would be
amazed" if Sharon's announcement applied to East Jerusa-
lem. "I don't think any Israeli government will ever take
the position that Jews cannot live in a certain part of
Jerusalem," the official said. "I don't think that that's in
the cards."
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Moshe Arens, center, makes first official visit to the territories
with his Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Dan Shomron, left, and
commanding general of central region, Afaj. Gen. Yithak Morda-
hai. AP/Wide World Photo
At Israel's Invitation
UN Will Send Envoy
To Study Territories
Secretary-General Javier
Perez de Cuellar will send an
envoy to the Middle East "as
soon as possible," to report on
the situation in Israel's admin-
istered territories.
The U.N. emissary will be
making the trip at the invita-
tion of the Israeli government,
though it appears that plans
were made for the trip before
the Israeli invitation was
Perez de Cuellar told repor-
ters that "an interesting coin-
cidence," had occurred when
he invited Israeli ambassador
Johanan Bein to see him to
discuss the mission.
"When I was about to sug-
gest my sending a mission to
the area, at the same time Mr.
Bein had instructions from his
government to invite me to
send a mission," the secretary-
general said.
Emissary will be Jean-
Claude Aime of Haiti, who is a
senior official in the secretary-
general's office with expertise
in the Middle East. U.N. offi-
cials said that in addition to
visiting Israel and the territor-
ies, he will travel to other
countries in the region to dis-
cuss the peace process.
The decision by the new
Israeli government to welcome
the delegation is seen as meet-
ing two objectives.
First, it is an attempt to
stem Arab efforts to convene a
special General Assembly ses-
sion whose purpose would be
to dispatch an international
force to the West Bank and
Gaza Strip.
Second, it will likely please
the U.S. State Department,
which has said it supports
sending an emissary from the
secretary-general's office to
review the situation in the
Gaza Fruit Exports Fail
direct export of Arab-grown
citrus fruit from the Gaza
Strip to the European market
has been less than successful
for the second season since it
European importers suf-
fered heavy losses, Rotterdam
importer Marc van Overkleeft
said as the 1989-90 season
neared its end.
The problem was the poor
quality of much of the fruit and
its poor packing, which
resulted in large quantities of
the Gaza produce arriving in a
damaged condition.
The direct export of Arab-
grown agricultural products
became a major political issue
in the European Community in
recent years.
The 12 E.C. member states
put severe pressure on Israel
and even threatened it with
sanctions unless the Arab pro-
duce was sent to Europe with-
out being channeled through
Israel's official agricultural
export agencies.
The Israelis relented. But
now, the six European import-'
ing nations are having second
thoughts. They would like to
continue buying the Gaza fruit,
but on a strictly commercial
basis without incurring losses.
Knesset Panel:
Ease Censorship
set panel has recommended a
sweeping liberalization of cen-
sorship rules which would,
among other things treat Ara-
bic newspapers in East Jerusa-
lem the same as the Hebrew
press in the rest of Israel.
They would also reduce from
60 to about 10 the number of
subjects which must be submit-
ted for prepublication scru-
Recommendations were
announced by a special censor-
ship subcommittee of the
Knesset Foreign Affairs and
Defense Committee.
Subcommittee was chaired
by Yossi Sarid of the Citizens
Rights Movement and cons-
isted of two Likud and two
Labor members of parliament.
Jabril Says Exchange
Of Prisoners Near
tinian terrorist leader claims
the biggest prisoner exchange
deal ever with Israel will take
place within the next few
Ahmed Jabril, who heads the
rejectionist Popular Front for
the Liberation of Palestine-
General Command, said his
organization is playing a key
role, but it is too early to
disclose the details.
9 Athletes Get
Into Fame Hall
letes were inducted into the
Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
The new inductees, who will
join the present 100 members
of the Hall of Fame, are pro
bowler Barry Asher; Harris
Barton, tackle for the San
Francisco 49ers; Mike
Epstein, home-run hitter for
Baltimore, Oakland and the
California Angels; Noah
Klieger, former boxer, now a
Jerusalem resident; and Shep
Messing, a goalie for the New
York Cosmos during the Pele
Also, Harold Solomon, win-
ner of 24 Grand Prix tennis
championships; Alex Schoen-
baum, ail-American football
player for Ohio State in the
late 1930s; Tennis champ
Brian Teacher; and Neal Walk,
center for the Phoenix Suns
and New York Knicks.
Settle Galilee, Negev
Says Ambassador Abram
Memorial Foundation!s 25th Anniversary
NEW YORK A 25th anni-
versary report documenting
the achievements of the
Memorial Foundation for Jew-
ish Culture in restoring the
traditions and heritage of the
Jewish people in communities
devastated during the Holo-
caust will be distributed at the
Foundation's biennial meeting
of trustees in Jerusalem July
Philip M. Klutznick of Chi-
cago, chairman of the execu-
tive committee, will preside.
Lord lmmanuel Jakobovits of
England, Foundation presi-
dent, will deliver an address at
the residence of Israel Presi-
dent Chaim Herzog.
Amb. Morris Abram
staunch friend of Israel has
advised it to settle its "undis-
puted, underpopulated areas,
such as Galilee and the
Negev," with Soviet immi-
Morris Abram, U.S. ambas-
sador to the United Nations in
Geneva, offered that advice in
an address to the Conference
on Security and Cooperation in
Europe, which is holding a
monthlong Conference on the
Human Dimension in Copenha-
gen. Abram is head of the U.S.
delegation to the talks.
The issue was raised because
of the furor in the Arab world
over allegations, which Israel
denies, that it is settling Soviet
immigrants in the West Bank
and Gaza Strip to dispossess
the Palestinian population.
Abram, a former chairman
of the National Conference on
Soviet Jewry, said he was
"speaking personally" from
"many years as a private citi-
zen involved in Soviet Jewry
"There is the desire and the
ability (in Israel) to accommo-
date these arrivals within
Israel's Green Line," he said,
referring to the pre-1967 bor-
ders. Doing so, he said, would
be "in Israel's self-interest and
that of its emigres."
Abram said his government
"notes with concern the
demand by some Arab leaders
that the Soviet Union should
abrogate their obligations
under international law and
halt any further emigration of
Soviet Jews to Israel."
Palestinian Arsonists
Target Kibbutzim
Fighting fire with fire, so to
speak, intifada activists have
resorted once more to their
summer weapon of choice
Turning from the previously
preferred target of forests,
Palestinian arsonists this year
have established a new front in
the agricultural fields border-
ing the West Bank. The burn-
ing of crops has become an
almost daily event.
With this move, the arson-
ists have succeeded in alienat-
ing a group of Israelis who
until now had been more sym-
pathetic to their cause: mem-
bers of kibbutzim and
The kibbutzim have now
organized their own patrols to
search for the agricultural ter-
rorists. Such a patrol last week
uncovered a terrorist cell
intent on attacking civilians,
as well crops.
Members of Kibbutz Eyal on
the Sharon Plain, staked out in
their fields, spotted a group of
suspicious figures attempting
to trespass in the dark of
night. As the infiltrators
approached, the kibbutzniks
physically overcame them
without the use of arms.
TEL AVIV (JTA) Israel established its first official
presence in China with the opening of an academic liaison
office in Beijing. Officials from the Chinese ministries of
Health, Foreign Trade and Agriculture attended the
ceremony. But there was no representative of the Chinese
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Telephone Number Right,
Not Who Must Call
Secretary of State James Baker appears
to have made a calculated gamble when he
issued the telephone number of the White
House to the new government of Israel
only hours after its formation.
He answered a question from a Congres-
sional committee on the reasons for contin-
uing dialogue with the PLO with the
questioning of the Israelis' desire for peace.
This move came even though the Pales-
tine Liberation Organization continued to
refuse a condemnation of the abortive raid
on the civilian beaches of Tel Aviv, and
declined to even discuss expelling the Abul
Abbas renegade faction.
Within a few days, the Bush Administra-
tion dispatched Secretary of Defense Dick
Chaney to an ADL meeting with the
message that U.S. relations with Israel are
not in a crisis condition.
But until Baker says the phone number
also was for the benefit of Chairman Yasir
Arafat, the credibility of this Administra-
tion in continuing the support of Israel
demonstrated in varying degrees by all its
predecessors will be in doubt.
It was President Bush's careless com-
ments in which he included East Jerusalem
in the occupied territories, and inferred,
incorrectly, that Soviet immigrants are
settling in those territories in large num-
bers, which precipitated the fall of the
coalition Israeli government.
It will take a more balanced statement
than his recent letter to Shamir by the
President to set straight the record and
intention of his executive branch of our
Germany Reunification
Also Bears Attention
With the unification of Germany cur-
rency scheduled for July 1, there is no
longer any doubt that the reunification of
that country will be completed in record
The call by the National Jewish Commun-
ity Relations Advisory Council for German
leadership to institutionalize the memory of
the Holocaust warrants support from not
only organized Jewry but from democratic
nations around the globe.
"The challenge for a unified Germany is
to prove, by means of policies, laws and
actions, that it will recognize its historic
responsibility towards the Jewish people,
toward Israel, toward its neighbors, and
toward the world, "the NJCRAC asserted
in its demand.
West Germany has been a model of
pluralism coupled with full respects for all
minorities since it was established out of
the ruins which comprised the American,
British and French zones of occupation
after World War II.
East Germany now appears to be follow-
ing in the path of the Bonn government,
but safeguards such as insisting on the
unified nation's participation in NATO are
And the concerns of the Soviet Union and
other European nations which suffered
horrendous losses at the hands of the Nazis
are just as real, if not as openly pronounced
as those of the Jewish community.
The Berlin Wall is now history, but the
evils which led to the erection of the
division of the two Germanys cannot be
confined to the textbooks until the new
Germany completes its enforceable guide-
Electoral Reform
In Israel Is American
Jewish Concern, Too
process that led to the forma-
tion of the most right-wing,
Likud-led government since
the establishment of the State
of Israel has dramatically
demonstrated how unwieldy
the democratic process has
become in the Jewish state.
The horse-trading and deal-
making with minuscule nation-
alist and religious parties show
how out of proportion these
parties' powers have become
in the procedure of selecting
an Israeli government.
So concerned have major
American Jewish leaders
become over this that they
issued a joint statement calling
for basic revision of the elec-
toral process.
The signators included the
current chairman and four for-
mer chairmen of the Confer-
ence of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organiza-
tions, heads of major Jewish
organizations, prominent busi-
ness people, lawyers, politi-
cians, literary figures and rab-
bis from the three branches of
Judaism, all deeply committed
to Israel's well-being.
Asserting the group's sup-
port for the growing electoral
reform movement in Israel,
the statement said: "A parlia-
ment, elected by proportional
representation through a
party list system, with only a 1
percent threshold for party
participation, will necessarily
be fractionalized.
"Recent experience has
demonstrated that the major
parties in such a system, when
attempting to form a govern-
ment, become hostage the
demands of smaller, narrow-
issue parties, and if the major
parties join together in a gov-
ernment of 'national unity,'
that government is paralyzed
on serious matters in which
they differ."
Pointing out that "all polls
show that the Israeli elector-
ate overwhelmingly supports
reform," the signators to the
statement called on Israel's
political leaders, of all parties,
to promptly create a new elec-
toral system, "consistent with
democratic values, that will
provide for effective govern-
As one of those signators, I
received a letter this week
from Dr. Arye Carmon, presi-
dent of the Israel-Diaspora
Institute, which coordinated
the statement-signing project.
He said that when the state-
Air Force Defers To Birds
Israeli air force, heeding the
counsel of nature lovers, has
deferred to the needs of birds.
Gen. Avihu Bin-Nun, air
force commander in chief, has'
ordered immediate changes in
the training flight patterns of
military helicopters over parts
of the Golan Heights, so as not
to disturb nesting birds of
Bin-Nun acted at the request
of Ran Nathan, a member of
the Society for the Protection
of Nature in Israel, who has
made an extensive study of the
behavior patterns of vultures,
eagles and other predatory
birds, especially in the Nahal
Gamla area of the Golan
Nathan found that the noise
of low-level helicopter training
exercises severely disturbed
the birds, causing them to
leave their nests. Vacating
their nests even for a short
period could result in the fail-
ure of eggs to hatch, Nathan
( At Press Time---------------------------------------------------
JERUSALEM (JTA) An upsurge of demand for
foreign currency in recent days resulted in an "unofficial"
1.5 percent devaluation of the shekel relative to the U.S
dollar. The new rate is 2.10 shekels to $1.
ment was presented to Presi-
dent Chaim Hereof, he spoke
of "his deep anxiety about
current developments."
"In these days, in which
Israel's isolation is increasing,
the challenges engendered by
the huge influx of Soviet Jew-
ish immigration and renewed
threats from the Arab world, a
stalemated government is
clearly a disaster for the future
of our society.
"We believe that electoral
reform is the key to remedy
the current system's ills, both
in terms of accountability and
Electoral reform is clearly
an internal political matter for
Israel's citizenry. But the con-
sequences of continued elec-
toral stagnation seriously
affect not only Israel's rela-
tions with foreign govern-
ments, particularly the United
States, but Jewish communit-
ies throughout the Diaspora.
For reasons of both domestic
and foreign affairs, Israeli
leaders of all political parties
would do well not to ignore the
heartfelt sentiments of the
American Jewish leadership.
Rabbi Mare H. Tanenbaum is inter
national relation* consultant to the
American Jewish Committee.
Torn Apart'
Invokes Tears
about the love between an
Israeli and an Arab is leaving
audiences here teary-eyed and
those involved in its produc-
tion hopeful that love can con-
quer fear and distrust. Based
on the novel, "A Forbidden
Love," by Israeli writer
Chayym Zeldis, "Torn Apart"
tells the story about a love
affair between Ben, an Israeli
soldier, played by Adrian Pas-
dar, and Laila, an Arab
woman, played by Celia Peck.
Message of the film is that
there is a need for peace
there," Peck said. "And that
love can triumph over bitter-
ness and prejudice."

Friday, June 29, 1990/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 5
The Normalization Of The Jews
The Zionist movement set
out to achieve three goals: the
(redefinition of the Jews into a
political entity, the enlandise-
ment and empowerment of the
Jews, and the normalization of
the Jews all three accom-
plished in the creation of the
State of Israel. None debates
whether or not Jewry consti-
tutes a political entity, capable
of defining and effecting public
policy; none can argue that the
Jews have and use power;
none calls into question the
proposition that the Jews now
are pretty much like other
groups of their class.
It is time for American
Jewry to normalize its own
relationship with the State of
Israel, and to let Israeli politi-
cal processes dictate Israeli
public policy. A while back
American Jews handed the
Palestine Liberation Organiza-
tion a victory when they unde-
rtook to negotiate with the
PLO concerning Israeli mat-
Now when citizens of one
state undertake to negotiate
with representatives of
another (soi-disant) state conc-
erning the affairs of a third
state, we must regard that
action as highly irregular. The
reason is that in the affairs of
states and nations, third party
intervention ordinarily is
deemed an offense and may be
construed as an act of not
treason or sedition but war.
Whom did the Stockholm
Five represent? And what
empowers American Jews to
enter into the political process
of the State of Israel and pass
their opinion on everything
Israelis do? American Jewish
busy-bodies call into question
whether or not the conduct of
Jews' public policy has
attained that state of normal-
ity that the normalization of
the Jews' condition by Zionism
was meant to accomplish
and has in the main accom-
Do American Roman
Catholics propose to dictate
the foreign policy of such
Catholic countries as Spain,
Italy or Brazil? Do American
Lutherans presume to tell
Sweden or Denmark how to
conduct their relationships
with the USSR? Obviously not.
And if we proceed to ask
whether American Roman
Catholics negotiate with Brit-
ain on Spain s claim to Gibral-
tar, or with Britain on the
conflict in Ulster; whether
American Presbyterians (with
their heavy stake in Korean
Protestantism) presume to fly
to Pyongyang to talk with
North Korea about its relation-
ships with South Korea,
whether American Methodists
fly about the Pacific working
out the relationships between
the New Caledonian Kanaks
and the Indians and French in
those same islands, American
Orthodox Christians address
the Turks about what they
should do to establish the Tur-
kish Republic of Cyprus in
relationship with the Republic
of Cyprus but why go on?
The list totes up absurdity
after absurdity.
So we must now ask how so
to reform the mentality of
American, and Israeli, Jews as
Rabbi Edwin Farber
secretary and Rabbi Randall
Koningsberg of Palm Beach
Gardens, treasurer. Rabbi Irv-
ing Lehrman of Temple
Emanu-EI of Greater Miami is
honorary president of the
NEW YORK Three South
Floridians will speak at the
1990 annual convention of the
American Sephardi Federa-
tion in Chicago Sept. 2-4.
Dr. Henry A. Green, direc-
tor of Judaic Studies at the
University of Miami, will share
the success of Sephardi m in
metropolitan Miami when he
speaks on "The Making of a
Sephardic Community: Apply-
ing the South Florida Experi-
ence in Your Own Commun-
Jewish leaders Salomon Gar-
azi, president of FESELA, the
Latin American Sephardi Fed-
eration, will speak about
"FESELA: The Latin Ameri-
can Model," and Irving Young,
ASF South Florida branch
president, will deliver "A Mes-
sage to the 21st Century."
Jewish National Fund blazes roads in Israel's Galilee region. With the building of new roads, the
distance between Galilee villages and Haifa will be shortened, and the northern part of the country
will become more attractive for rural settlement. JNF is also expanding the nation s system of
roads and highways in the northern border, Gilboa and Negev regions.
Bu Conservative Colleague*
Rabbi Farber Elected
President Of S.E. Region
Southeast Region of the
Rabbinical Assembly of Amer-
ica umbrella organization
for Conservative rabbis has
elected officers for 1990-91.
Serving as president will be
Rabbi Edwin Farber of Tem-
ple Samu-El Or Olom of
South Dade.
Rabbi Farber has served as
rabbi of Temple Samu-El Or
Olom since his graduation
from the Jewish Theological
Seminary in 1976. He succeeds
as president Rabbi Paul Plot-
kin of Temple Beth Am, Mar-
Also elected were Rabbi Sha-
lom Lewis of Marietta, Ga.,
executive vice-president;
Rabbi Max Roth of Sarasota,
vice-president; Rabbi Ronald
Roth of Nashville, vice-
president; Rabbi Howard
Addison of Ft. Lauderdale,
vice-president; Rabbi Kenneth
Bromberg of Clearwater,
Floridians Get Sephardic Slots
to normalize and regularize
the rules of framing and carry-
ing out public policy, even
among the Jews. We have to
accept as normal the fact that
outside of the State of Israel
there are Jews in various parts
of the world, all of them citi-
zens of their own nations, none
of them enlandised and
empowered within the State of
All of these Jews care deeply
for what happens in and to the
State of Israel, just as Ameri-
can Roman Catholics of Italian
origin are engaged by the
affairs of the Church and the
Italian state and polity; just as
Joins Bid For
organizations, reflecting the
full spectrum of American
political opinion from liberal to
conservative, joined in issuing
what they termed "a consen-
sus plea" for increased immi-
In their plea, the group
stated: "The U.S. is now at a
critical stage in determining
its policy of legal immigration.
For only the fourth time in this
century, Congress is consider-
ing significant change in how
many newcomers we admit
each year and by what criteria
they should enter. It is time to
end the polarization around
American immigration policy.
Scholars and analysts from all
sides of the political spectrum
agree on its benefits. Let us
move forward on the basis of
this consensus."
Groups that signed the "con-
sensus plea" were: Alexis de
Tocqueville Institution, Ameri-
can Immigration Institute,
American Jewish Committee,
Cato Institute, Citizens for
American Education Founda-
tion, Competitive Enterprise
Institute, Hudson Institute,
International Ladies Garment
Workers' Union, Lutheran
Immigration and Refugee Ser-
vice, National Council of La
Raza, Organization of Chinese
Americans, Reason Founda-
tion, and U.S. Catholic Confer-
American Roman Catholics of
Hispanic origin care deeply
about what happens in Mexico
and Central America. But car-
ing for other Americans ordi-
narily does not spill over into
meddling, and the intense and
unrelenting engagement of
American Jews in Israeli pub-
lic policy ordinarily does.
What then defines normal-
ity, and how to normalize what
is now a highly irregular rela-
tionship? American Jews have
got to accept the fact that,
living here, not there, they
cannot bear the consequences
of the policies they advocate,
and hence the course of
responsibility requires them to-
frame opinions however they
wish, but to work to effect
them, if at all, only within the
norms of American public life.
That in my view means,
first, we speak here at home,
in terms of our political system
and structure, arguing in
terms of American interest in
behalf of those policies that we
deem favorable to the State of
Israel. The Zionist Organiza-
tion of America effectively has
done just that for generations
now, so too do most of the
pro-Israel lobbies in Washing-
Continued on Page6
Jewish Press Association Address
HIAS President Denies
Trying To Divert Aliyah
Metrowest Jewish Times
"My personal belief is that
Soviet [emigration] is the
greatest thing that can hap-
pen," said Ben Zion Leuchter,
president of the Hebrew Immi-
grant Aid Society (HIAS),
addressing the American Jew-
ish Press Association's annual
Leuchter rejected criticism
that HIAS harmed the cause
of aliya by trying to attract
Soviet Jews to the United
States, and stated categori-
cally that HIAS endorses a
policy of having as many Jews
as possible go to Israel, espe-
cially those who have no direct
family ties in the U.S.
"Almoeryone who gets into
the United States will have
close relatives here," he said.
"Those who don't might as
well not even apply. People
call us, worried about friends
[still in the Soviet Union]. We
tell them to tell their friends to
go to Israel it's the quickest
way and they must get out."
According to Leuchter, the
American Jewish community
is "shouldering its burden.
He noted that 37,500 of the
40,000 Soviet Jews scheduled
for resettlement in the United
States in this fiscal year
already have arrived.
"We will use up the 40,000
government-allotted visa slots
on schedule," he affirmed.
"The European pipeline is
almost empty," Leuchter said.
"There are only about 200
Soviet Jews left in Rome,"
particularly complicated indi-
vidual cases or people who
were too ill to travel.
Leuchter noted that the big-
gest problem for emigres com-
ing directly from the Soviet
Union to the U.S. is that many
of the Soviet Jews have trou-
ble getting dates to be inter-
viewed by the U.S. Immigra-
tion and Naturalization Ser-
vice in Moscow. "Until a per-
son gets that date," main-
tained Leuchter, "HIAS will
have no entre to information
about them. Without sufficient
information, we cannot begin
the resettlement process."
As of now, HIAS has no
information on the number of
emigres that will be funded in
the coming year by the U.S.
government. "It is in the best
interests of the American Jew-
ish community that 40,000
emigres be fully funded,"
Leuchter stressed. "The 8,000
unfunded emigres this year
caused a shortfall."
"We're not interested in pul-
ling Jews away from Israel,"
he concluded. "We would only
lobby for them to come here if
they were in danger and
couldn't get to Israel. We can
only wonder if the Jews in the
Soviet Union will become the
scapegoat for every political
group. What will the Jews be
accused of? We can only hope
that verbal anti-Semitism will
not become physical."

Page 6 The Jewish Floridian of South County/Friday, June 29, 1990
JERUSALEM (JTA) Three Arab youths, one age 12,
have been apprehended by the Jerusalem police in connec-
tion with the violent destruction 10 days ago of scores of
gravestones on the Mount of Olives cemetery. The police
also announced that they had arrested two young men in
connection with the torching over the weekend of nine cars
in a garage in the Atarot industrial zone north of
Jerusalem, and another two on Mount Zion.
BONN The opposition Green Party calls for a
parliamentary investigation of West German government
involvement in the effort to help Libya produce poison gas.
GENEVA The International Labor Organization
discusses conditions for Palestinian workers in the adminis-
tered territories.
JERUSALEM Veteran peace activist Abie Nathan
celebrates the 17th anniversary of his Voice of Peace radio
TEL AVIV (JTA) Extensive damage to crops, harv-
ested hay and forests was caused by over a dozen fires that
raged in widely separated parts of Israel. Arson is
suspected in at least three of the blazes, part of an ongoing
onslaught of fiery attacks against crops by intifada activ-
TEL AVIV El Al and Czechoslovakia's national
airlines are to begin weekly flights, in the latest expansion
of air travel between the Jewish state and Eastern Europe.
LONDON The Leeds City Council bans the distribu-
tion of a poster advertising a contemporary production of
Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice.' The poster shows a
pair of boots in the shape of a swastika trampling a yellow
Star of David.
PRAGUE The Council of Jewish Communities here
meets to decide the fate of Rabbi Daniel Mayer, who
admitted serving as an informant under the ousted
Communist regime.
WASHINGTON The reason that the Supreme Soviet
has postponed any action on the long-promised emigration
reform law is that there are not enough votes in the Soviet
parliament to pass it, the director of a Soviet Jewry
advocacy group maintains.
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Knights Of Pythias Events |
The top hierarchy of Knights of
Pythias Atlantic Lodge 0217
elected by the membership for
the 1990-91 term are, (left), Al
Schwarz, vice-chancellor and
Bud Oatley, chancellor com-
mander, the lodge's first initi-
ate ever to go through all the
"chairs" and become its initial
full fledged leader.
Past Deputies Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias 11th
District Association in Palm Beach County, and currently
serving are, left, Eli Goldman, incoming DD, Atlantic Lodge
#217; Irv Schulman, Palm Beach 0203; honored outgoing DD
Mike Jacobson, Lake Worth 0211; Gary Glass, Boca Raton 02U;
and Norman Hersey, Atlantic Lodge 0217.
Six members of Knights of Pythias Atlantic Lodge 0217 elected at
the recent Grand Lodge of Florida 105th annual convention.
(From left), Norman Hersey was elected Grand Inner Guard; Eli
Goldman, the new 11th Pythian District Deputy Grand Chancel-
lor; Phil Newman, Grand Outer Guard, Sir Bill Sheldon, Grand
Lodge Publicity Chm, his 12th year, and Grand Lodge Ways &
Means Chm; Sir Harry Wilson, Grand Lodge Fingerprint-A-
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Grand Lodge Youth Welfare Chm^
Of The Jews
Continued from Page 5
Second, where we cannot as
foreigners enter into the for-
mation of Israeli policy, we
should support what we can
when we can, and otherwise,
let the Israelis make their own
mistakes. Their political pro-
cess, democratic and just, or
clumsy and corrupt, must be
free to do its work, and will do
its work. We who live far off
must give up our prophet's
cloak, ceasing to leap to con-
demn the slightest Israeli infr-
ingement upon our heightened
and selective sensitivity to the
requirements of justice.
Third, the Israelis must now
recognize that the cost of the
special relationship with world
Jewry exceeds the benefit. Ins-
isting that they form the cen-
ter of world Jewry, proposing
to utilize Jews throughout the
world in the achievement of
their national goals these
attitudes subject the State of
Israel to a politics it cannot
accommodate: constituencies
in not only Holon but also
West Hartford. Just as the
Israelis have built a normal
state, so they have now to
rethink the requirements of
the normalization of relation-
ships with, even, Jews outside
of the State.
Jacob Neusner is Graduate
Research Professor of Religion* Stu-
dies at University of South Florida
and Martin Buber Professor of Judaic
Studies at University of Frankfurt.
(Left), Eli Goldman, of Atlan-
tic Lodge 0217, Delray Beach,
newly appointed 11th Pythian
District Deputy (which emcom-
passes all five chapters in Palm
Beach County) and newest Sir
Knight Sidney Sklar, of Palm
Beach Lodge 0203, of West
Palm Beach.
Saturday, June 9, Jason
Michael Stern, son of Dena
and Alan Stem, was called to
the Torah of Temple Beth El
of Boca Raton as a Bar Mitz-
As an ongoing Temple pro-
ject he will be "Twinning"
with Vladimir Zelichenok.
Jason is a 7th grade student
at Boca Raton Middle School
and attends the Temple Beth
El Religious School.
Family members sharing in
the simcha are his sister, Amy;
brothers, Ronald and Garrett;
and grandparents, Irving and
Celia Stern of Delray Beach.

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Friday, June 29, 1990/The Jewish Floridian of South County Page 7
Synagogue News
Saturday morning, June 16,
IZev David Schuman, son of
I Daniel and Barbara Schuman,
Iwas called to the Torah, as a
Bar Mitzvah, at Congregation
IB'nai Israel of Boca Raton.
Zev was joined by his sister,
Sara, and his grandparents
tobert and Marianne Hiller,
juid a large contingent of fam-
ily and friends from through-
out the country.
An Honors student in the
lifted Program, Zev attends
the Boca Raton Middle School,
le plays on the Junior tennis
earn of the Woodfield Country
Mub, and is involved in the
local Russian Resettlement
iBook Review
[JEWRY, 1776-1985
Volume I
?ayne State University Press,
Prof. Jacob Rader Marcus
What promises to become
the definitive work on Ameri-
can Jewish history is both
readable and scholarly in its
[irst volume. Professor Jacob
ier Marcus, of the Hebrew
Jnion College-Jewish Insti-
tute in Relion, Cincinnati,
teals with the period from
[776 to 1840 in this 820-page
plume. Immigration of Jews
rom Spain and Portugal was
Marcus clarifies the role of
|ews in the American War of
Independence. Historical and
locial themes are carefully
Wended with religion, assimila-
tion, politics, business and
Jnti-Semitism given special
An introductory chapter
(inswers the question, "Why
study American Jewish His-
He says, "A study of history
[rings perspective. It teaches
|s to assess what is happening,
sense the direction in which
-wry is moving. A perspec-
|ve community can then plan
icially and, if successful,
ssert itself as the subject, not
Merely the object, of history.
The distinguished professor
jives special attention, as
)uld be expected, to the
ivelopment of Reform
idaism in this country. He
jys, "Reform Judaism may
sll be the largest liberal reli-
i movement in the world."
Ind Marcus comes down
[uarely on the side of those
fcform Jews who maintain
without ceremonial and rit-
1, the Jewish collectivity can-
maintain itself.
Anshei Emuna
Rabbi Dr. Louis L. Sacks,
the spiritual leader of the
Anshei Emuna Congregation
will on Saturday, July 7, at the
service commencing at 8:30
a.m., preach the sermonic mes-
sage on the Sabbath-Torah-
Scriptual-Reading in light of
its classic commentaries and
its relevancy to our human
condition and contemporary
Sabbath July 7 at the 8 p.m.
twi-light services lead a
seminar on "The Talmudic
Ethics of the Fathers."
At the Daily Services at 7:30
a.m. and at 6:30 p.m. Dr.
Sacks leads the courses on
"The Code of Religious Law."
Daily course in "The Bible
and Rashi" led by Mr. Harry
Sobel at 9:30 a.m.
Daily course in the "Bible
and Rashi" led by Mr. Harry
Sobel at 9:30 a.m.
On Friday evening, June 29,
Shabbat Services will be held
at 8 p.m. On Saturday, June
30, at 10:15 a.m., worship ser-
vices will be held at Congrega-
tion B'nai Israel.
Temple Emeth
The Sisterhood is sponsoring
a dinner dance on Sunday, July
1, at 6 p.m. Entertainment will
highlight the evening. For
tickets, call 499-0052.
Beth Ami
Friday evening July 6 at 8:15
p.m., Rabbi Nathan Zelizer
will preach on "The Good Old
Days?" He will be assisted by
Cantor Mark Levi. An Oneg
follows services.
Saturday morning July 7th
at 9:30 a.m., Rabbi Nathan
Zelizer will teach the weekly
portion Balak, and will speak
on "The Unique Power of the
Jew." A Kiddush follows ser-
The Women's Club is spon-
soring Sunday, July 8th, a visit
to the Holocaust Memorial
with Rabbi. Walk thru Art
Deco District and Artists
Colony on a guided tour. Res-
ervations, 482-2424.
Friday evening July 13 at
8:15 p.m., Rabbi Nathan Zel-
izer will speak on "Religious
Zeal." He will be assisted by
Cantor Mark Levi. An Oneg
follows services.
Saturday morning July 14 at
9:30 a.m., Rabbi Nathan Zel-
izer will teach the weekly por-
tion Pinhas and will speak on
"The Extremist." A Kiddush
follows services.
Temple Beth El
Temple Beth El Nursery
School is offering a four-week
session beginning July 16 for
children aged 2-4 years old.
Theme week and water play
highlight the program. Regis-
tration is open for 1990-91
School Year. Classes are avail-
able for children aged 2-4
years. The Nursery School is
also offering its Mommy and
Me classes for mothers and
their children. Children aged
6-24 months are eligible. For
information call 407-391-9092.
On June 29, 8 p.m., Temple
Beth El, 333 SW 4th Avenue,
Boca Raton; Shabbat Eve Ser-
vice: Rabbi Michael Feshbach
will officiate. June 30, at 10:30
a.m., Morning Shabbat Service
to be held in the Chapel and to
be led by a member of the laity.
On July 6, at 8 p.m. Shabbat
Eve Service: Rabbi Michael
Feshback will officiate. On
July 7, at 10:30 a.m. Morning
Shabbat Service to be held in
the Chapel and to be led by a
member of the laity.
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Synopsis Of The Weekly Torah Portion
"And Moses smote the rock with his rod twice; and water came
forth abundantly"
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HUKKAT The portion begins with "the statute of the law" of
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Israel as a water of sprinkling ... a purification from sin"
(Number 19.9). At the outset of their fortieth year in the
wilderness, the children of Israel reached the desert of Zin and
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rock; Moses was to speak to the rock, and it would gush water.
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with his rod. For this lack of faith in the divine power, Moses and
Aaron were punished with never being able to enter the Promised
Land. From Kadesh the children of Israel moved on to mount
Hor, where Aaron died. Thence they circled the land of Edom,
and arrived at Transjordan from the east, defeating the forces of
Sihon, king of the Amorities, and Og, king of Bashan.
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UAHC School for Synagogue Leaders
NEW YORK Conflict between rabbis and their
congregational boards has become commonplace in the
Jewish communal world. With this in mind, the Union of
American Hebrew Congregations, the central body of
Reform Judaism, has established a school for synagogue
Arab Newspaper Urges Parole for Sirhan
JERUSALEM (INB) The leading Arab newspaper in
East Jerusalem has urged that Sirhan Sirhan, the killer of
Robert F. Kennedy, be granted parole.
German Admits He Helped Libya
BONN (JTA) A West German industrialist admitted in
court that he had illegally sold Libya equipment, substan-
ces and know-how to huild a chemical plant in the remote
desert town of Rabta. But Jurgen Hippenstiel-Imhausen,
founder and former manager of Immhausen-Chemie,
stopped short of admitting that the heavily guarded plant
was built to produce poison gas and other chemical warfare
East Germany Cracking Down
BONN (JTA) East Germany, which once provided
weapons and training for Palestinian guerrillas, is cracking
down on German terrorists known to nave been associated
with them. Police in Magdeburg arrested Inge Viet, 46, a
West German citizen who spent time at Palestinian
terrorist training camps in Lebanon in the 1970s.
E.C. Urges Vanunu Pardon
PARIS (JTA) The European Parliament appealed to
Israeli President Chaim Herzog to pardon Mordechai
Vanunu or at least commute the 18-year prison sentence
imposed on Israel's convicted nuclear spy.
Nazi Slave Labor Plant Museum
BONN (JTA) An underground plant where the Nazis
worked slave laborers to death to produce the notorious
V-l and V-2 rockets is expected to become a museum,
dedicated to the memory of the 60,000 slave laborers
employed on the missile project. Project, which was a
desperate attempt to turn the tide of the war, employed
Jews and others, 20,000 of whom perished.
U.S. Citizenship Of S.S. Guard
Justice Department's Office of
Special Investigations has
begun proceedings to strip a
southern California man of his
U.S. citizenship for concealing
his wartime service in the Nazi
OSI filed a denaturalization
complaint in Los Angeles
against Johann Ziegler, 82, a
native of Kuzura, now Yugos-
lavia, but at the time of his
birth the Austro-Hungarian
Empire. He now lives in the
southern California desert
town of Hemet.
Ziegler allegedly served as
an SS guard at the concentra-
tion camp in Kaunas (Kovno),
Lithuania, and at the Stutthof
concentration camp and its
slave-labor subcamp, Gotenha-
fen, near what was then Dan-
zig, Germany, and is now
Gdansk, Poland.
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Kohl Warns
Against Bias
BONN (JTA) West Ger-
man Chancellor Helmut Kohl
used the anniversary of the
death of a prominent Jewish
philosopher to warn against a
rising tide of anti-Semitism.
In a ceremony commemorat-
ing 25 years since the death of
Martin Buber, Kohl said an
upsurge of nationalism and
anti-Semitism was the conse-
quence of the otherwise posi-
tive recent developments in
Holocaust Revisionist's
Lawyer To Be Ousted
PARIS (JTA) -\A promi-
nent attorney who has agreed
to defend a French historian
accused of casting doubt on
the Holocaust is about to be
ousted from his post as
national secretary of one of the
largest organizations in
France combating anti-
Claude Levy, president of
the Movement Against Racism
and Anti-Semitism, announced
that he has started internal
procedures to dismiss Gilbert
Collard, a lawyer with a long
record of civil rights activism.
Collard stressed he is in
"total disagreement" with the
opinions expressed by his
client, Bernard Notin, but will
fight for his right to express
them. Notin has been charged
with falsifying history and
faces loss of his tenure at Lyon
University, where he has been
a senior lecturer.
French Leader
Urges Herzog
To Push Talks
PARIS (JTA) Theo Klein,
immediate past president of
CRIF, the representative body
of major French Jewish organ-
izations, has written an open
letter to President Chaim Her-
zog of Israel urging direct
Israeli-Palestinian peace nego-
If such talks fail to material-
ize. Diaspora Jewry "would be
morally obliged to explore by
itself the possibilities, Klein
His four-page letter is pres-
ently being circulated among
French Jewish leaders, who
are considering whether to add
their names.
One possible co-signator is
Simone Veil, an Auschwitz
survivor, former French Cab-
inet minister and former presi-
dent of the European Parlia-
ment who is known to share
most of Klein's views.
Klein, a World War 11 resis-
tance fighter who holds Israeli
citizenship as well as French,
wrote to Herzog that Diaspora
Jews, "Israel's brotherly allies
and directly concerned for its
future," would have to con-
sider options to advance the
cause of peace and Israel's
East German Prime Minister Lothar de Maiziere, right, and
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council Chairman Harvey M. Meyer-
hoff'stand behind an original keystone, left, from Berlin's famous
Oranienberger Synagogue which was desecrated during the
Holocaust. Keystone, along with a replica of a stone being used in
the current reconstruction of the synagouge, was presented by the
GDR to the museum.
Seminary Head Praises Germans
leading Conservative rabbi
praised the Federal Republic
of Germany for its "moral
courage" in accepting respon-
sibility for the crimes of its
In a departure from tradi-
tional Jewish statements about
the German role in the Holo-
caust, Ismar Schorsch, chan-
cellor of the Jewish Theologi-
cal Seminary, lauded German
willingness to accept the blame
for the crimes of the Third
"Never has a country gone
to such lengths to atone for
past crimes," Schorsch said at
a ceremony in Heppenheim,
West Germany, honoring the
25th anniversary of the death
of Jewish philosopher and
theologian Martin Buber. A
text of his remarks was made
available by the seminary here.
"The government of Konrad
Adenauer admitted the full
extent of German culpability
for the Holocaust and inaugur-
ated a vast, and still ongoing,
program of reparations. The
spirit of that unprecedented
act of moral courage even-
tually permeated to nearly all
corners of German society."
Citing a Talmudic saying,
"Happy is the generation
whose leader brings a sacrifice
(of atonement) for his errors,"
Schorsch credited West Ger-
many for serving as a "noble
example" to other countries.
TEL AVIV (JTA) Israel's cost-of-living index rose by
1.6 percent in May, significantly higher than the 1 percent
rate that had been expected.
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