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Fred K. Shochet
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hjewish Horidian
Volume 16 Number 13
Price 40 Cents
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,
Coatiaaed 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'^, 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
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
Coatiaaed 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
Earent or guardian 24 hours
efore an abortion, was upheld
by the Supreme Court in a 6-3
Coatiaaed on Page 2
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 Palm Beach County/Friday, June 29, 1990
1,700 A Day Ask
For Moscow Visas
Government Weathers Big Strike
Costumed 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 wjll
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.
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.
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
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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 Haberleld, 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.
Friday, June 29,1990
Volume 16
Number 13
Although anti-Semitism per-
sists to some degree in Latin
America, it has definitely gone
"out of fashion," according to
the spiritual leader of South
America's largest congrega-
tion. Rabbi Henry I. Sobel, of
Sao Paulo's Congregacao
Israelita Paulista, says very
few anti-Semitic and anti-
Zionist acts are being commit-
ted in Latin America today
because "people from all walks
of life, from the most sophisti-
cated intellectual to the most
illiterate peasant, sense that it
is wrong to discriminate
against another human being
because of his religious
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
U.S. Welcomes Pledge
From Sharon On Olim
Continued from Page 1
that the administration is still concerned about Jews
settling in East Jerusalem.
"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
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Settle Galilee, Negev
Says Ambassador Abram
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."
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-1 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
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, Maj. Gen. Ytthak Morda-
hai. APIWide World Photo
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.
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
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, all-American football
filayer for Ohio State in the
ate 1930s; Tennis champ
Brian Teacher; and Neal Walk,
center for the Phoenix Suns
and New York Knicks.
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.
Israel Calls U.S. Warning Unjust
Israeli tourism official said it
was "unjust" for the State
Department to issue a blanket
warning for American tourists
in the Middle East.
Earlier, State Department
deputy spokesman Richard
Boucher had urged Americans
to "exercise extreme caution"
while traveling in the Middle
Boucher said that it was
possible there could be some
acts against Americans in
retaliation for President
Bush's decision to suspend
talks with the Palestine Liber-
ation Organization.
"We don't understand this
advisory," said Raphael Far-
ber, Israel's tourism commis-
sioner for North America,
when reached by telephone in
his New York office.
He said there was "no justif-
ication" for placing Israel and
other countries in "one bas-
ket." He said if there are
threats, the State Department
should have listed specific
Moshe Gilboa Named Ambassador
ATHENS (JTA) Moshe Gilboa, Israel's first-ever
ambassador to Greece, presented his credentials to Prem-
ier Constantine Mitsotakis. He formerly was Consul Gen-
eral in Atlanta, serving Florida before the opening of an
Israel Consulate in Miami.
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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-
ment was presented to Presi-
dent Chaim Herzog, 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 i$ inter
national relation* eontultant to the
American Jewish Committee.
UCLA Students Fight Dorm Takeover
Residents of a Jewish student
housing cooperative picketed
the Los Angeles headquarters
of Chabad to protest what they
see as a takeover of their
residence to convert it into a
shelter for homeless men.
health department violations
and physical deterioration at
JS? 2Ded residence on
UCLA's fraternity row.
The Westwood Bayit was
founded in the early 1970s by
university students seeking a
Shlomo Cunin, West Coast
director of Chabad, arrived at
the Bayit with a van full of
helpers to remove furniture
and rugs from ground-level
Resident students protested
Some 40 residents and sup- food and coed living arranra and P,ice werc call** to *ore"
porters of the Westwood Bayit memlnear the UCLA camrmT 8talf 8novinK m*tch- ****
marched in front of the nearby it currently has 18 iJri?!' ne88es 8aid-
Ch.h, Ullh. who claTJhTthe h^se wa^
signed over to Chabad without
proper legal authority.
Lawyers on both sides have
been arguing over the cont-
ested agreement for over
and "Hell
Chabad building
"Save our BayitT'
no, we won't go!"
Chabad attorneys said that
the Hasidic movement
acquired legal title to the Bayit
last December, following a SLSlZ!
period of financial difficulties, head XnXbbiXr^ch
Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller,
the UCLA Hillel director, said
that losing the Bayit would
mean "the end of an era. It is
the residue of the Jewish coun-
terculture movement that
managed to survive and carry
on the spirit of the'60s."

Friday, June 29, 1990/The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page 5
* Who Is A Jew' Controversy May Be Solvable
seems that the "Who Is a Jew"
controversy, which dominated
the Jewish agenda only a year
ago, died down as fast as it
arose. The combined pressure
of the vast majority of the
organized American Jewish
community including many
of those entirely committed to
halachic standards of conver-
sion to Judaism plus the
establishment of another
national unity government in
Israel knocked the issue off the
public agenda in December
But, as those who follow
these matters know, the issue
did not go away.
While the Israeli High Court
of Justice has consistently
ruled in favor of a broader
interpretation of the Law of
Return, the Israeli govern-
ment ministries involved in
applying the law, controlled as
they are by the religious par-
ties, have found ways to nar-
row that interpretation, thus
achieving something close to
what the religious parties
demanded in formal legisla-
In fact, the issue is, in fact, a
long-term problem, posing a
major threat to the continuity
of the Jews as one people. For,
indeed, there still is no univer-
sally accepted way to formally
determine who is a Jew.
The American Orthodox and
Conservative movements, and
most non-Orthodox Jews out-
side the United States, accept
the principle of halachic con-
version. But even here, the
But this diversity cannot be acceptable in Israel, a
small state that needs to maintain unity among
the Jewish majority. Nor can such a split be
desirable in the long run.
Orthodox separate themselves
from their brethren by insist-
ing that halachic conversion
only be performed by an
Orthodox Beth Din, or rabbini-
cal court.
Reform Jews and many Jews
in Eastern Europe, where
Jewish religious life is mini-
mal, recognize affiliation in
one form or another as the
basis for Jewish self-
identification. The Reform
accept synagogue affiliation as
Jewish identification. In East-
ern Europe, Jewish affiliation
is usually associated with com-
munity cultural institutions.
It may be possible to live
with this diffuse kind of self-
definition in much of the Dias-
pora, but in the long run, it
creates two groups of Jews
who will not marry freely
between each othe**.
After all, how many non-
Orthodox Jews are likely to be
in a position to even consider
marrying their Orthodox peers
probably far fewer than are
likely to intermarry with non-
But this diversity cannot be
acceptable in Israel, a small
state that needs to maintain
unity among the Jewish major-
ity. Nor can such a split be
desirable in the long run.
It is as certain as anything
can be in this world that inter-
Rabbi Farber Elected
President OfS.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,
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
Floridian* Get Sephardic Slots
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 Sephardim 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."
marriage will continue. In an
open society, there can be no
other way. And what is the
world becoming if not more
and more of an open society?
Fortunately, in the wake of
the "Who Is A Jew" dilemma
of last fall, a group of far-
seeing and bold Jewish lead-
ers, from the Orthodox, Con-
servative and Reform move-
ments in both Israel and the
United States, began meeting
to try to address the problem,
quietly negotiating and recog-
nizing each others' needs and
A possible solution to the
froblem has been created in
srael, a solution, like all such
solutions, that is something of
a finesse. It involves preserv-
ing a key principle for the
Orthodox of having the Bet
Din that ultimately decides on
conversion be entirely Ortho-
dox, buy making it an Israeli
Bet Din which can be accepted
by the Orthodox since Israel
only recognizes Orthodox rab-
bis as able to serve on Batei
At the same time, the Beth
Din would also recognize the
needs of non-Orthodox Jews to
participate in the process by
establishing a screening body
in the United States. This
panel would include represen-
tatives of all streams of
Judaism who would make
recommendations on individu-
als seeking conversion to the
Israeli Beth Din.
The idea involves compro-
mises on all sides, but it is a
major step forward.
Continued on Page 8
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.
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-
Jewish Press Association Address
HIAS President Denies
Trying To Divert Aliyah
Metroweat 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 Palm Beach 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.
Dale E. Weidman, interior
designer, has opened his new
offices in the Harvey Building,
Suite 1005, 224 Datura Street,
West Palm Beach.
Arrest For Murder
Of Israeli
BONN (JTA) A German
terrorist wanted for the 1977
murder of a prominent banker
friendly to Israel was arrested
in East Berlin. Susanne
Albrecht, 39, had been living in
East Berlin for 10 years under
the assumed name of Ingrid
Jaeger. Albrecht's arrest was
announced by the East Ger-
man interior minister, Peter-
Michael Diestel. He confirmed
indirectly that Albrecht had
enjoyed the protection of the
former East German Com-
munist regime, which provided
her with forged identity
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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 II 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
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.
.->uucommittee was chaired
by Yossi Sarid of the Citizens
Rights Movement and cons-
isted of two Likud and two
Labor members of parliament.
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 hlrctecu u* 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.
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.
Extreme Rightists Said Still Dangerous
BONN (JTA) The extreme right-wing Republican
Party still constitutes a danger to the democratic system in
West Germany, despite its recent electoral setbacks,
according to Fritz-Achim Baumann, chief of security
services in North Rhine- Westphalia. Baumann, stressed
that the reputedly neo-Nazi party should be kept under
close surveillance by local security organizations.
NANJING (JTA) Work by Chinese scholars in the field
of Jewish studies is on display here, the first exhibition of
its kind to be shown publicly in China. The exhibit at
Nanjing University, featuring photographs, essays and
texts, drew nearly 200 visitors when it opened.
TEL AVIV Magen David Adorn, Israel's equivalent to
the Red Cross, is in need of funding to install plexiglass
windows into more than 200 ambulances which travel
through dangerous Arab areas. The windows, costing
$3,000 apiece, would provide protection from the attacks
that damage approximately four ambulances per week.
BOSTON (JTA) Computer do-it-yourself books exist
for just about anything, so it's not surprising that they
exist now to help learn Haftorahs and Jewish blessings in
Russian. LEV Software, the Boston-based company that
introduced "Haftutor" to Bar and Bat Mitzvah students in
1989, has added Russian transliteration to their 1990
version as well as a newly released program, Basic
Basic Blessings teaches in Hebrew with Russian translit-
eration the blessings over the Shabbat candles, wine,
challah, the Birkat Hamazon, Havdalah, Kaddish and
prayers before and after reading the Torah.
WASHINGTON (JTA) Israel supplied cluster bombs to
Ethiopia prior to 1979, former Israeli Defense Minister
Yitzhak Rabin revealed. According to highly reliable
sources, Rabin made the disclosure privately in New York,
where he was attending the National Commission meeting
of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith.
By 28 Cadets
Twenty-eight Jewish cadets
were commissioned as U.S.
military officers when they
were graduated from
three U.S. service academies.
The 25 men and three
women who were newly com-
missioned officers came from
the U.S. Military Academy at
West Point, N.Y.; the U.S. Air
Force Academy in Colorado
Springs, Colo.; and the U.S.
Naval Academy in Annapolis,

Dr. Sidney Edelstein Named
Honorary Fellow OfShenkar College
Friday, June 29, 1990/The Jewish Floridian of Palm Beach County Page 7
Agency Enrolls Israeli Mayors
In a special ceremony held
during the recent Board of
Governors meeting, Dr. Sid-
ney M. Edelstein was made an
Honorary Fellow of Shenkar
College of Textile Technology
and Fashion, "in recognition
of his services to the textile
and chemical industries in gen-
eral and to the Shenkar Col-
lege in particular."
Dr. Edelstein, founder and
Chief Executive Officer of
Dexter Chemical Corp., was
cited for his involvement in a
broad range of philanthropic
activities both in Israel and the
United States.
In conferring the Honorary
Fellowship, Prof. David
Samuel, President of Shenkar
College and himself a chemist
at the Weizmann Institute of
Science, noted: "Dr. Edelstein
has established prizes and
awards for research in the
history of chemistry and chem-
ical technology. He is a long-
standing and generous mem-
ber of the American Commit-
tee for Shenkar College and of
the International Board of
Governors. A major contribu-
tion to Shenkar has been the
establishment of the Edelstein
Fund for History and the
Humanities, including the
study of foreign languages."
^^^"Book Review-^""
JEWRY, 1776-1985
Volume I
Wayne State University Press,
by Prof. Jacob Rader Marcus
What promises to become
the definitive work on Ameri-
can Jewish history is both
readable and scholarly in its
first volume. Professor Jacob
Rader Marcus, of the Hebrew
Union College-Jewish Insti-
tute in Relion, Cincinnati,
deals with the period from
1776 to 1840 in this 820-page
volume. Immigration of Jews
from Spain and Portugal was
Marcus clarifies the role of
Jews in the American War of
Independence. Historical and
social themes are carefully
blended with religion, assimila-
tion, politics, business and
anti-Semitism given special
An introductory chapter
answers the question, "Why
Study American Jewish His-
He says, "A study of history
brings perspective. It teaches
us to assess what is happening,
to sense the direction in which
Jewry is moving. A perspec-
tive community can then plan
socially and, if successful,
assert itself as the subject, not
merely the object, of history.
The distinguished professor
gives special attention, as
could be expected, to the
development of Reform
Judaism in this country. He
says, "Reform Judaism may
well be the largest liberal reli-
gious movement in the world."
And Marcus comes down
squarely on the side of those
Reform Jews who maintain
"without ceremonial and rit-
ual, the Jewish collectivity can-
not maintain itself.
Jewish Agency plans to
involve local mayors and their
townships more closely in the
absorption of Soviet immi-
Simcha Dinitz, chairman of
the Jewish Agency and World
Zionist Organization Execu-
tives, outlined his program at a
gathering of several dozen
mayors here. He said he would
send Israeli mayors to the
Soviet Union to prepare for
the direct absorption of the
Direct absorption means the
immigrants proceed directly
from the airport to their new
homes, bypassing absorption
Dinitz said the agency would
help the municipalities find
them proper housing. It will
also initiate seminars, lectures
and other social and cultural
activities and hikes into the
countryside, he said.
Dr. Sidney M. Edelstein, of Palm Beach, with the collection of
ancient textiles from the Bar Kochva Caves, which he donated to
the Shenkar College Archives.
"I've never been as pleased
as I have been in being
involved and working with
Shenkar College," said Dr.
Edelstein in responding to the
honor. He went on to thrill all
those present, by announcing
that he had that very day
decided to establish a new lab-
oratory at Shenkar College for
the study and analysis of
ancient dyes and pigments in
textiles, a field which is dear to
his heart.
Dr. Edelstein was called
upon by the late Prof. Yigal
Yadin to analyze 12 textile
fragments found in the Bar
Kochba caves in the Judean
desert. Together with a collea-
gue at Dexter Chemical Corp.,
Dr. David H. Abrahams, Dr.
Edelstein developed a new
method of identifying the
ancient dyes, by comparing
their infrared spectra with
those of known dyestuffs.
These ancient textiles now
have been donated by Dr. Ede-
lstein to the Shenkar Archives,
where they are preserved
under museum conditions.
Synopsis Of The Weekly Torah Portion
"And Moses smote the rock with his rod twice; and water came
forth abundantly"
(Num. 20.11).
HUKKAT The portion begins with "the statute of the law" of
the red heifer, whose ashes "shall be kept for the congregation of
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
halted at Kadesh. There Miriam died. When the water gave out,
God instructed Moses and Aaron to gather the Israelites before a
rock; Moses was to speak to the rock, and it would gush water.
But Moses, irritated at the people's complaints, struck the rock
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 Basnan.
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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
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.
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 build 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
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.
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.
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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Their proposal has to be
accepted by Israel's chief rab-
binate and the religious move-
ments in the United States. All
the players were willing to
sign off on this solution until
pressures began to build up
from the extremes on both
Worst pressures are those of
the ultra-Orthodox on Israel's
chief rabbinate, which must be
involved in this decision if the
necessary Israeli Beth Din is to
be established. The ultra-
Orthodox are bringing pres-
sure on their American centr-
ist Orthodox colleagues as
On the other side, there are
Reform Jewish leaders who
accuse their colleagues of
betraying the principles of lib-
eral Judaism, by at least tac-
itly recognizing that conver-
sion must conform to hala-
chah, as interpreted by the
Orthodox. In the Conservative
movement, there are those
who say that until Conserva-
tive rabbis are recognized as
equally halachic, no solution is
The Jewish people, espe-
cially the non-religious leaders
of Israel and the Diaspora Jew-
ish communities, must quickly
come to support the agree-
ment and stand up against
those who would sabotage it.
Arms Sale
Citing the absence of a clear
direct threat to Israel, Jewish
groups will not fight a $4
billion proposed U.S. weapons
sale to Saudi Arabia, the larg-
est to the kingdom since the
sale of AWACS reconnaiss-
ance planes in 1981.
"There is probably not going
to be a big fight over it, said
Jess Hordes, Washington rep-
resentative of the Anti- Defa-
mation League of B'nai B'rith.
He said that while the size of
the sale is "mind- boggling," it
"does not contain the type of
specific technology or systems
that are going to prompt a
major congressional effort" to
block it.
Congress has until early July
to vote to block the sale; other-
wise it automatically becomes
Pro-Israel lobbyists said
they are much more concerned
about a possible U.S. sale to
the Saudis in 1991 of F 15
fighter planes and later this
year of 40 Multiple Launch
Rocket Systems.
Czech Jews
Supported Havel
dent Vaclav Havel's Civic
Forum, which won a substan-
tial victory this weekend in
Czechoslovakia's first free par-
liamentary election in 50
years, appears to have had
overwhelming support in the
small Jewish community.
Now is the time to see
whether the Jews who created
last year's uproar are serious.
Did they just want to avoid
being told that somehow they
or their children or grandchil-
dren were not as good Jews as
others, or were they serious
about trying to find a solution
to a perplexing and very real
Why do we even have to
bother with creating a com-
mon definition for who is a
Jew? Why are we so worried
that some people who are not
halachically Jewish but wish to
identify with us might "pass?"
These are good and import-
ant questions. To those in
ultra- Orthodox ranks who are
so fearful that somebody who
is not halachically Jewish may
somehow be mistaken for a
true-blue Jew, those of us who
are seriously concerned with
the Jewish future can only say
they are either reacting out of
partisan considerations to pro-
tect their monopoly or they are
too short- sighted to under-
stand what a great thing it is,
after all these centuries of
isolation, for non-Jews to want
to join our ranks.
Why should such people be
viewed as other than a potenti-
ally positive addition to our
ranks, especially if they help us
retain our own young people?
We must find ways to welcome
them even as we insist on some
appropriate standards for citi-
zenship in the Jewish people.
Reasonable citizenship
requirements are not only jus-
tifiable but necessary.
As for those who think "any-
thing goes" is acceptable,
those of us seriously concerned
about the Jewish future must
ask them whether they know
of any permanent association
that does not set some stan-
dards for membership, not to
speak of whether there are any
Do they want being Jewish
to be no different than identi-
fying with a particular political
party, sometimes saying yes
and sometimes saving no? To
be no different than being a
member of one of the Christian
sects or one of the many differ-
ent Protestant churches on the
basis of which church is closest
to one's house or which has the
best preacher?
The Jewish people need a
common standard of citizen-
ship, as we welcome those who
choose to identify with us. A
brave and bold first step has
been taken down a very diffi-
cult road. If it fails, it will be
some time before another
attempt is made. It needs and
deserves our support.
Daniel Elazar is president of the
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs,
an independent, non-profit institute
for policy research and education.
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
Foreign Ministry.
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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