Censorship Threat Seen in Canceled Israeli TV Tape --
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
By ELIAHU SALPETER
(Copyright 1969. JTA Inc.)
JERUSALEM—The "Laskov af-
fair - has again focused public
tention in Israel. both on the state
of Israel's ports and on the prob-
lem of freedom of expression on
Israel's fledgling television.
Former Chief of Staff Gen. Haim
has been, ever since its
Leonard Blondy, 31; Laskov
establishment, head of the Israel
Flint TV Producer
Leonard M. Blondy, a television the ports of .Haifa,
producer for Channel 12, died Eilat. .
April 9 at age 31.
Mr. Blondy, who resided at 1924 no-nonsense. British army-educat-
April 11—Joint Service of Corn-
memoration, Cong. Beth I
Israel, 8:30 p.m.
12—Bnai Brith Women Din-
ner Dance, 9 p.m., Grand
Blanc Golf Club
14—UJA Women's Division
Luncheon, 12:30 p.m., Tebo. was a native of Detroit
a Flint resident for six years.
He leaves his wife, Linda: two
—Comunity Relations Com- daughters , Brenda and Lisa; his
mittee Meeting, 8:30 p.m., father, Dr. Samuel Blondy: two
Cong. Beth Israel
brothers, Dr. Marshall and Robert:
15—Temple Sisterhood Open and two sisters, Gloria and Cyn-
Board Meeting, 12:30 thia. Interment Detroit.
—Bnai Brith Women Board
Meeting. 8:30 p.m., home
of Mrs. Andrew Winston
16—Hadassah Meeting, 12:30
17—JWVA Installation Lunch-
Linda Jo Gutterman, daughter of
eon, 12:30 p.m.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gutterman.
—Bnai Brith Stag
was cited at the recent honors con-
Cong. Beth Israel Board vocation at the University of Mich-
of Education, 8 p.m.
igan. Miss Gutterman will gradu-
ate in May in the field of special
Ann Lebster Chapter, Haddassah, education.
will present a games night 8:30
p.m. April 19 at Willowood Country
Club. There will be prizes and a
midnight supper. For reservations,
Ellen Goldman, daughter of Mr
call Estelle Hartman, 743-7741; or and
Mrs. Don Goldman. will be
Esther Heitzner, 232-2275.
called to the Tora as a Bat .Mitzva
April 19 at Cong. Beth Israel.
Monday. April 14 —
University Club, 19th Fl.
New officers of the Genesee
Counts. Dental Auxiliary are Mrs.
Milton J. Siegel, president-elect:
Mrs. Marshall H. Cossman, vice
president; and Mrs. Bruce M.
Foote. treasurer. Committee chair-
men are: dental health and educa-
tion. Mrs. Siegel; social, Mrs.
Harold Mallon; publicity, Mrs
Theodore Harrison; budget, Mrs
Morley Biesman; and historian.
Mrs. Benjamin Kaufman.
ed officer, he has taken on two
thankless tasks: reasserting effec-
tive public authority in Haifa port
which was dominated for decades
by the Hist adrut-owned stevedor-
ing company "Shanam" and in-
troducing efficient work methods
at the new port of Ashdod. Both
ports have had more than their
share of labor disputes.
Officially a public body, set up
to assure editorial independence
for government-owned broad-
casting, the Broadcasting Au-
thority caused many uproars in
the past when it seemed only
too eager to act as a pro-govern.
American-born Prof. Elihu Katz,
a mass communications expert
entrusted with running Israel tele-
vision, rushed home- from abroad
and severely criticized the author-
ity's action. The entire staff of the
news and program divisions of the
television staff demanded an im-
mediate investigation by the Na-
tional Journalists Association.
But the Broadcasting Authority
remained unrepentant. And since
practically all parties — govern-
ment and opposition — are repre-
sented on the authority's board,
there should be not too much hope
that public pressure will bring
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Editors of the "Face to Face"
program invited Gen. Laskov to be
questioned on the port situation.
A few hours before the taping of
the program, however, Gen. Las-
key was told that the interview
was off. The board of the broad-
Because they have
casting authority had intervened,
claiming that his appearance
would stir up passions among port
workers and make a solution of
dispute more dif-
It was only two weeks since
the Broadcasting Law had been
amended, putting television
under the authority, which until
then was in charge of radio only.
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Bible Quiz Crown
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel's
most popular quiz show was tele-
vised this week for the first time
and held an estimated quarter of
the population spellbound in front ,
of TV screens and radios.
The show was the fourth annual
international world Bible quiz held
in the Jerusalem Convention Hall,
which was packed to the rafters.
The new champion, 42-year-old
Israel Homri, a Natanya factory
worker, scored 37 out of a possible
39 points, beating contestants from
18 countries. The only other Jew-
, ish contestant was 20-year-old
Judith Appleton, a history student
from Barnard College in New
Homri, who was lagging at first
but soared ahead on points with
the final question, brought the
Bible championship home to Is-
about a fundamental improvement
in the independence of the radio
10 Friday, April 11, 1969
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an adviser to the panel of judges.
Runners-up were Mrs. Helen
Joan Brown, an Auckland, New
Zealand, housewife and Sunday
schoolteacher, and Pastor Johan-
nes Boertjens of the Netherlands.
Both scored 28 points.
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