Rabbinical Council President
Condemns Anti-Autopsy Rally:
`Utirepresentative of Orthodox'
NESii YORK (JTA) Rabbi Zev New York Criminal Court Judge
Segal of Newark, president of the Louis A. Cioffi released the stu-
Rabbitucal Council of America (Or- dents for a hearing but denied a
thdoxj, condemned a demonstra- request by Assistant District Attor-
tion by some 10,000 Orthodox Jews. ney Kenneth Gribetz to set bail.
many of them in Hasidic garb, in They. were arrested for allegedly
front of the Israel Consulate here conducting demonstrations outside
June 12, in protest against what the Israel Discount Bank, Hadas-
they said were enforced autopsy sah headquarters and Korvett's de-
procedures in Israel.
"These demonstrators do not ren-
In Jerusalem last week, an up-
resent the O
_ rthodox community," roar
broke out in the Knesset when
Rabbi Segal said. "The larger mas- it rejected a series of motions by
ses of our people look with dis- Orthodox parties to debate the is-
favour upon them and dissociate sue of autopsies.
themselves from them."
The religious bloc consisting of
Rabbi Segal regretted the tim- the National Religious Party and
ing of the demonstration, say- the Poale Agudat Israel, both
ing it came at a time when members of Premier Golda Meir's
Israel is faced with physical dan- coalition government, and the
ger from an enemy whose pur- Agudat Israel, charged that over
pose is to destroy the land and the past 20 months, 874 "illegal"
the people." All Jewry must autopsies were performed at four
unite behind Israel, he said.
"In a democratic society," he
They claimed that such autop-
added, "every one has the privil- sies were in one out of every four
ege of demonstrating for his ideas, deaths. But the Knesset turned
but the world at large should be down three agenda motions on the
fully aware of how small a num- subject and voted 32-9 not to refer
ber these demonstrators truly rep- the issue to a Knesset committee.
Demonstrators filled the side- t Religious members shouted cita-
walk on Fifth Ave. near the mid- ( ions from the Bible and Halakha
Manhattan consulate on East 70th their contention
St. with police closing the block were a "desecration." Their legal
to traffic for the demonstration. case was based on a report by the
Leaflets distributed by the demon-
controller's office which cri-
strators said the protest was spon- state
the way some autopsies
sored by the American Committee ticized
for Safeguarding Human Dignity in
The report said that in some
Speakers denounced autopsy pro- cases no physician's signature was
on instructions to perform an
cedures in Yiddish at the rally,
which lasted about three hours. autopsy. But Minister of Health
The demonstration followed months Israel Barzilai said that even in
of newspaper, poster and pamphlet cases where a document lacked an
campaigning. Signs were stenciled official signature, it didn't mean
on sidewalks and pavements to an- that doctors picked up their scal-
nounce the demonstration. pels and performed autopsies on a
w himsical basis.
Orthodox Jews, particularly
that a new system
Hasidim, have accused the Israel to Barzilai
government of permitting autop- be instituted on the basis would
sies without consent of the fam- recommendations of a committee
ily of the deceased. Autopsies of
o two doctors and a lawyer. This
can be performed in Israel hospi- however,
did not satisfy the Ortho-
tals only after three signatures dox. who have
are obtained from the hospital ing to abolish long
autopsies. In the
of foul phy-
play voting, the religious parties were
or a menace to public health. An supported by the Gahal e (He Free
Israeli consulate spokesman said Liberal alignment)
he met with the demonstrators Center
Liberal faction found the whole
and would convey their views to matter distasteful and walked out
of the chamber before the vote.
Earlier in the week, 15 Jews,
who said they were students at the
United Talmudical Academy in
Brooklyn, were arraigned on char-
ges of defacing buildings with anti_
autopsy posters and painted pro-
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