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May 12, 1967 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1967-05-12

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Autopsy Conflict Easing in Israel; Knesset to Receive Eshkol Proposals

flict within Premier Levi Eshkol's
coalition government over Ortho-
dox opposition to autopsies in Is-
raeli hospitals has eased by a
promise from the premier that his
government would submit soon to
parliament proposals to meet Or-
thodox objections.
The premier announced those
plans after a second round of talks
late last week with representatives
Of the National Religious Party,
who included Interior Minister
Moshe Sharpiro and Social Welfare
Minister Joseph Burg. Previously
the premier had met with leaders
of the ultra-Orthodox Agudat Is-
rael and Poalei Agudat Israel.
The proposals will be in the
form of amendments to Israel's
Anatomy and Pathology Law
which, in the Premier's words to
the religious representatives,
will combine "maximum consid-
eration for the sensibilities of
Orthodox families and the need
for scientific progress."
Autopsies without consulting fa m-

The sound of your hammer at
five in the morning, or nine at

of Americans who had made writ-
ten requests to the embassy for
such exemption.)
The consensus of observers here
was that while public unrest con-
tinued on the problem, Eshkol's
government did not seem to be
any real internal or parlia-
autopsies that they would have facing
mentary threat. Real difficulties
in America."
American law bars autopsies might develop, they added, if the
without the consent of families ex- leftwing flank of the coalition
react with hostility to con-
cept in rare cases. The six Ameri- would
cessions to the religious segment
can Jews were accompanied by
the leftwing groups would
about 30 yeshiva students, some of consider
as too great.
Yaacov Shapiro and Health Minis- whom carried protesting posters.
Their spokesmen were Rabbi THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
ter Israel Barzilai.
Jona Horowitz, former head of the
At least two groups in Israel were
Shmuel Yeshiva in Brooklyn,
not satisfied by the proposals. One Beer
and Rabbi Hersch Kohn, formerly
was the Agudat Israel. Despite as-
York City. A photocopy of
surances given by ministers Yaa- of New
a petition signed by 1,500 Ameri-
cov Shipiro and Berzilai, whose
cans and other foreign nationals

ilies are permitted under that law
when necessary to establish cause
of death or for transplants to cure
another person if three competent
doctors have confirmed either
need. Jewish religious law bars
autopsies except to save the lives
of others.
Details of the amendments,
which were scheduled to be pre-
sented to the cabinet and the Knes-
set in about a month, were not
disclosed. The premier was aided,
in his talks with the Orthodox
party leaders, by Justice Minister

citizens residing in Israel.
The six American residents
called on the United States Em-
bassy in Tel Aviv where they
asked for United States govern-
ment intervention so that "Amer-
ican citizens in Israel should re-
ceive the same protection against

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ministries are directly involved in
the autopsy situation. Agudat Is-
rael leaders said they would con-
tinue their public fight for a com-
plete revision of the law. The other
was a group of six Orthodox rab-
bis and laymen, all United States

resident in Israel on the issue was
accepted by a consul who told the.
delegation he would take the mat-
ter up with U.S. Ambassador Wal-
worth Barbour.
(U.S. government legal experts
said in Washington that the U.S.
government could take no legal
action aimed at protecting Ameri-
can citizens living in Israel from
Israeli laws which allow
NEW YORK (JTA)—Only about 150 Jews now remain in
strife-torn Aden from which Britain decided to withdraw its troops autopsies in hospitals without the
In the near future, it was reported in a communication to the World consent of the family of the de-
Jewish Congress by Bentov Messa, president of the Aden Jewish ceased.
(Some U.S. officials here sug-
community. The community is worried about the fate of four syna-
gested, however, that the U.S. gov-
gogues still functioning in the city.
Messa's communication, addressed to Samuel Bronfm an, chairman ernment could informally approach
of the North American executive of the World Jewish Congress, was the Israeli government to ask for
individual exceptions in the case
presented Sunday to a meeting of the executive held here.
Messa ' reported that the community had sent most of their
scrolls of the Law to Israel but was faced with the problem of
disposing of four' synagogues, one of which is large enough to
accommodate 1,000 persons. Messa said the community had no
alternative but to leave the synagogues as a monument to the
community which had a 2.000-year history in Aden.
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Riots in Aden in 1947 in connection with events in Palestine
resulted in more than 6,000 Jews migrating. Some have made their
homes in Israel, others in Britain.

JDC to Be Assisted by Polish Govt.

in Building of Jewish Aged Homes

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)

GENEVA—The Joint Distribu-
non Committee has arranged for
new homes for the aged to be

built in Crakow and Wroclaw to
meet the needs of aging Jews in

in the world and, as they grow
older, must turn to the JDC for

help, he said.

Tunisia OKs Aid
to Jews by JDC

Poland, Charles 11. Jordan execu-
tive vice chairman of the JDC.
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
said here Wednesday.
to The Jewish News)
welfare work
The projects were planned by for LONDON—Jewish
23.000 Jews in
the JDC and the Central

Relief Conunittee in Warsaw with
the full cooperation and support
of the Polish government. Jordan
said, He conveyed the appreciation

of the JDC for the fact that the

who orders the
Smooth Canadian,
Seagram's V.O.,

Tunisia will continue with the
formal approval of the Tunisian
government, it was disclosed here
An agreement has been signed
by Ambassador Ismail Khelil, di-
rector of international cooperation
in the Tunisian Foreign Affairs

Polish government has donated
land for the buildings, had made
labor and materials available at
the lowest possible cost and was Ministry, and Herbert Katzki, dep-
providing equipment in addition uty director general of the agency

to guaranteeing maintenance when
the honies arc completed.
Also participating are the Jew-
I s h Colonization Association of
Britain, which plans to cover the
cost of one home, and the Central
British Fund for Jewish Relief
and Rehabilitation, which will pro-
vide half of the cost of the second
Jordan, expressing gratitude
for the cooperation of the two
Jewish agencies, said "We could
not have gone ahead without .
the promise of their support."
The two homes will ease an
acute shortage of facilities for the
Jewish aged in Poland, Jordan
said, adding that the only home
for the Jewish aged at present is

Distribution Committee, the

through which the Central British
Fund and the OSE, an interna-

tional Jewish welfare organiza-
tion, channel their funds to Tu-
Ten years ago, there were

60,000 Jews in Tunisia. With
many of the young and healthy
Tunisian JeWs having emigrated,
many of those'remaining are old
and ill, without resources or even
enough to eat.
year, nearly 1,000,000
pounds of supplies were provided
to 8,000 such aged and ill Jews,
more than one of every three of

the remaining Jews. In Tunis,
more than 400 families, with 1,000
members, rely on cash grants for
essential food, as well as 100 in
Sousse and 80 in Sfax.

a 100-bed institution built by the
JDC in Warsaw in 1962. Though
a new annex with 50 more beds Israel Radio Forbidden
is now under construction for oc- to Record Handel Work

cupancy at the end of this year,
the Warsaw institution cannot cope
directors of the Israel Radio
with the hundreds of applications of
system has forbidden the recording
from elderly Jews from all parts
of Handel's "Messiah" by the
of Poland:
government-owned radio's record-
Jordan reported that of some ing department. The oratorio is
20,000 Jews now living in Poland, currently being performed in the
it was estimated that 13,500 are Abu Ghosh music festival. The
over age 50. Since so many Polish board's decision was reportedly
Jews lost their entire families and taken because of the "Christian
friends in the Nazi holocaust, hun-
dreds of the survivors are alone spirit" of Handel's opus.





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