Sen. Ribicoff's Impressions of Middle East Visit
Friday, January 5, 1968-9
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Israel Sales to Australia Are Down, Imports Up
review, compared with $1,263,000
(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
Returning from his tour of the Middle, Near and Far East, U. S.
to The Jewish News)
in the previous year.
Senator Abraham Ribicoff described his conversations with the Arab
MELBOURNE—Israel sold less
the children in refugee camps so
mayor of Kalkilya. In a lengthy account of his trip, stating, "I'm
that their parents might be in- to Australia but bought more from
Periodical self-reflection pre-
spending the next week or so putting together my notes, interviews
formed of their location.
that country during the year end- vents many a case of ego-itis.
and impressions," which will be followed by a report .to his con-
"It would be my hope that seri- ing on June 30, 1967, according to
stituents in Connecticut and then to the U. S. Senate, he wrote:
ous consideration be given to the Australia in Facts and Figures,
"One can never forget the faces0
IF YOU YUAN Ttia -
feasibility of undertaking a census quarterly publication of the Au-
of American troops in Vietnam— ing those problems which divide of the children residing in refugee stralian News and Information Bu-
men we can well be proud of.
us.' It is a fitting note upon which camps on both sides of' the Jordan
"I remember well the long con- to begin the new year."
Australian imports from Israel
Mini DOWN YOU WWI
River and that appropriate steps
FIND A RAM WINE THAN
versations with President Thieu of
Sen. Ribicoff did not stop there. be taken with the governments in- were at $1,541,000 in the same
South Vietnam. Prime Minister Lee He urged the United Nations and volved to expedite the reunifica- period of the previous year, a de-
in Singapore, and Foreign Minister the Red Cross to increase their tion of families."
cline of approximately $200,000.
Malik in Indonesia—and the meet- efforts to reunite Arab-Israeli war
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Sen. Ribicoff wrote a similar But Australian exports to Israel
ings with Prime Minister Eshkol of refugees with their families, rec- letter to Roger Gallopin, director- rose by about $800,000, amounting
1■48ao Wineries, Dolma. Mich.
Israel and King Hussein in Jordan. ommended a census of refugee general of the International Red to $2,030,000 in the year under
"But I remember too the small children and the addition of more Cross in Geneva.
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vignettes—like sitting down in the administrative personnel.
cold, drafty home of the mayor of
In a letter to UN Secretary-Gen-
Sen. Ribicoff was responsible for
the tiny village of Kalkilya in Is- eral U Thant, Senator Ribicoff the return home of at least one
raeli-occupied Jordan. The mayor said:
young Arab refugee, a 14-year-old
was an elderly man—a Haj, the
"One of the tragic results of boy who had run away from a
most distinguished of Muslims— the recent war is the human refugee camp near Hebron, crossed
one who has made the pilgrimage misery of the thousands of new the Jordan and then could not
refugees who fled the West Bank make his way back to his family
"As in all Arab homes, the hos- of the Jordan and now reside in on the West Bank.
pitality was elaborate. The living camps in Jordan.
The boy, Mohammad Shaban Al
room—with a mosaic tile floor and
"As a first step toward allevi- Hadi, did not know how to make
blue peeling plaster walls—served ating
the plight of the refugee, it out an application to return to the
as the formal reception area for
to me that every effort West Bank, and every time he
Our meticulous attention to fine tailoring and superb fitting,
the mayor's duties. It was ringed seems
coupled with unparalleled personal service, offers that little
be undertaken to increase tried to cross the Jordan, he was
with old overstuffed red velvet . should
the size and capability of the staffs turned back. He had been roam-
bit more that makes a world of difference.
the refugee camps.
ing from camp to camp in efforts
"The mayor offered each of us of "But
equally important, through to cross the river, and on the day
a cigarette. We knew that to be the principle of family reunifica-
Sen. Ribicoff arrived for a
served from the hand of the mayor tion—to which both the Jordanian that
was in Ghor Nimrin, the last
was a privilege and a compliment and Israeli governments have visit,
stop before the river.
— and when the mayor went agreed—significant steps might be
Sen. Ribicoff promised the dis-
around to each of us to light our taken to reduce the population of
tressed youth he would help him.
cigarettes, none of us refused.
the refugee camps.
"So for the first time in 25 years,
"Procedures now exist to im-
I smoked a cigarette, while we plement the reunifying of families, in Washington, Sen. Ribicoff has
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talked over cups of sweet Turkish but the administrative difficulties received a cable from Israel that
says the boy has been reunited
coffee. We spoke of peace and are immense.
Just W. of Coolidge
ways to achieve it.
"Under current procedures, for
"This mayor was not a policy- example, families with missing near Hebron.
Asked what he felt be accom-
maker. His decisions — his views children must file an application
—won't move the world.
for the return of their youngsters plied in Israel and in Jordan, Sen.
"But it seems to me that too —when they have no idea where Ribicoff said the "most important
Open Rion., Thurs., Fri., to 9 p.m.
thing was the boy. There, you
snaky government officials talk the child may be.
Sot: to 8 p.m.; Sun. 11 to 3
only to each other. The higher-
"There is, I am told, no proce- know, onsi individual has been
Nancxwax- annolpocsnov>26-corK>w›.ic<xn.r .
ranking the officials are the
dure to establish the identity of helped."
more restricted their contacts
"We need to change this way
of thinking. Any government
must in the long run, reflect the
desires and beliefs of the people
its decisions affect, If the people
Detroi s BIG, BIG shoe sale is off to a flying start—and this
are not consulted, the decisions
is f • warning that you'd better get there early. Because
may well be wrong—and event-
thousands of people wait for Phillips annual winter clearance
and they really come running for these values. It's a clearance
Northland Center (two stores)
"This is why I met with student
of selected styles of the big names—and there's no question
and labor leaders in South Vietnam
it, you're going to save a lot of money. But if you want
— with an eminent physician in
Bangkok—with refugees in Jordan
these values, you'd better move fast . . . because they will!
—with rice farmers in the Mekong
Downtown (Broadway at Gratiot)
Winthrop, Portage & Phillips
River Delta—and Viet Cong defec-
park free at 1327 or 1354 Broadway
Values to $19.95. now $10.90
Values to 529.95 now $17.80
tors in a camp outside Saigon.
"From government leaders and
the great numbers of others we
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spoke to, I gathered much infor-
Values to $14.95
Values to $13.99
mation. Now there are several
All sizes and widths, but not in every style.
"The trip was strenuous but
"There is no substitute for see-
ing events first hand, for talking
with people from all walks of life
in other lands.
"As the late President Kennedy
said: 'Let both sides explore what
problems unite us instead of labor-
Israelis Are Suffering
From Doctor Shortage
RAMAT-GAN (ZINS) — Israeli
medical circles are worried about
the scarcity of physicians, and
many parts of the country are be-
ginning to be affected.
There are 6,000 doctors in the
country. of whom 34 per cent are
over 60 years of age.
Most directly affected are the
remote settlements whereedoctors
refuse to live. The Kupat Holim
and other medical institutions
of Histadrut are short 150 doctors,
clamor for 100 more, making for
a total a shortage of 250.
Another problem troubling the
medical profession in Israel is the
doctor-emigrants. It is reported
that of the 900 doctors who have
graduated in Israel, 180 left the
country to practice abroad.
It has been suggested that a law
be enacted which would obligate
young doctors to remain in Israel
for at least three years after grad-
uation, and work in outlying vil-
in order to reduce the pres-