Red China Denies Phone Link
With Israel Now or Ever
LONDON (JTA)—The legation Tel Aviv but on each occasion
of Communist China issued a state-
the Shanghai operator replied,
ment here declaring that the Peo- "We cannot accept this call."
ple's Republic has had "no con-
There was no information as to
tact whatever" with Israel, past who in Israel placed calls to Com-
or present, and intends to have munist China or for whom the
none in the future.
calls were intended. Albania and
The statement was prompted by the Arab states are the only other
wire service reports last week that countries refusing to accept Is-
Israel would have direct telephone raeli calls.)
The legation's statement said,
communications with Peking be-
question of instituting tele-
ginning July 1, via the internation-
al communications satellite. The phone communications with Israel
statement accused Israel of spread- simply does not exist. As is known
ing rumors to that effect which it to all, the Chinese government and
called a "groundless and willful people have consistently given
firm support to the just struggle
of the Palestinians and other Arab
(Officials in Jerusalem report-
peoples against the U.S. and Is-
ed Friday that Peking refused
raeli aggressors. The Chinese gov-
to accept calls from Israel al- ernment and people have no con-
though the communications sys- tacts whatever with the Israelis.
tems is in "perfect order." The
This has been the case in the past
officials said the international and will remain so in the future.
telephone supervisor in London This stand of the People's Republic
accepted calls for relay from
is firm and unshakeable."
Soviet Jewish Poet Gaponov in Israel at Last, Has Incurable Cancer
TEL AVIV (JTA)—Boris Gapo-
nov, the Soviet Jewish poet who
arrived here May 28 suffering,
from meningitis and has been im-
mobile ever since, has incurable
cancer, it was learned here Tues-
The 37-year-old Gaponov, who
won Israel's Tchernichosky
Award for his 1969 translation into
Hebrew of a 12th Century epic
poem, is critically ill in Tel Has-
homer Hospital. He was taken
there 39 days ago on a stretcher
after reaching Israel.
His emigration applications had
been consistently turned down un-
til he developed meningitis, it was
reported then by his mother, who
has maintained a round-the-clock
vigil at his bedside. He was oper-
ated ,on in Leningrad, and all his
manuscripts were confiscated be-
fore he left.
On Tuesday, poet Avraham
Shlonsky told Gaponov that he
had been admitted to member-
ship in the Hebrew Academy of
Meanwhile, an international ef- morning, Mikhail and his mother
fort is under way to save the life flew to London for treatment at
of another recent Soviet Jewish the Oxford Medical Institute.
immigrant, a victim of hemo-
philia. He is Mikhail Alshvilli,
age 7. He was cut a few days ago,
and Israeli physicians have been
unable to stop the flow of blood.
Special treatments obtained from
the United States and West Ger-
many failed to help. Tuesday
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JDL Plans to Open Israel Headquarters; Maps Protest
TEL AVIV (JTA)—A spokesman
The legal issue raised here is
for the Jewish Defense League whether U. S. agents can con-
told a press conference here that fiscate a passport on foreign terri-
the militant organization will soon tory. The U. S. Embassy has made
no official comment but American
open headquarters in Israel.
According to Neil Rothenberg. sources here observed that the
a 20-year-old New Yorker who pre- passport was U. S. property and
sented himself as the "interna- therefore could be confiscated.
tional coordinator of the JDL The Israeli Foreign Ministry may
youth movement," its functions intervene.
Miss Canziani refused to say
will be entirely educational. Roth-
enberg denied reports that JDL who gave her a forged passport.
was shifting its headquarters to She claims she wants to convert
Israel to escape harassment by to Judaism and is living with an
Orthodox group in Hebron. Her
He claimed rather that the aim boyfriend, who was not identified,
is to form a headquarters in "the
international center of the Jewish
nation—Israel" to help by educa-
tional means to "bridge the gap
between various groups."
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Demand
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency
learned that one of the first has risen in the Israeli economy
activities planned by the JDL this year, pushing up interest rates
in Israel is a demonstration in by 1 or 2 per cent, according to a
Jerusalem within the next two report by the Bank of Israel.
weeks to pressure the Israel
Wages went up 10 per cent in
government to demand the ex-
1970 and wage costs per hour rose
tradition of Abraham Hershko-
14 per cent, the report says.
witz. Hershkowitz, a JDL mem-
They have risen another 5 per
ber, was convicted of passport
cent in normal terms since then,
fraud in New York and sen- not including "social benefits,"
tenced to five years imprison-
many of which are in fact dis-
ment. guised pay increases.
The JDL has already caused
Consequently, visible imports —
Israeli authorities a headache. excluding direct arms imports —
U. S. Embassy security men rose 10 per cent in the first quar-
seized the American passport of ter, compared with October - De-
Christina Canziani, a non-Jewish cember 1970.
The bank believes dollar expen-
Italian girl who came to Israel
eight months ago with her ,Ameri- ditures would have been greater
can Jewish boyfriend, a JDL but for the taxes of last August
which made imports more expen-
The American agents claim her sive.
The most striking improvement
passport was forged. which Miss
Canziani freely admits. She is be- this year has been in tourism.
Exports rose rapidly in the sec-
lieved to be wanted by the Ameri-
can police on suspicion of using ond and third quarters of last
explosives and participating in the year, but since November have
harassment of Soviet diplomats. settled at around $67,000,000
There was an improvement in
the first quarter of this year
compared to the corresponding
Nazi Hiding in Argentina
period last year; but this im-
TEL AVIV (JTA)—Tuvia Fried- provement derives from in-
man, the journalist who heads the creased orders in late 1970, the
Haifa Documentation Center, told
a news conference here he had a
Industrial exports continued to
photograph of an Argentinian con- increase, but there was a flagging
tact of his posing with escaped in the agricultural category.
Nazi doctor Josef Mengele.
"Invisible trade" showed an in-
"The contact," said Friedman, crease last year in the form of
knows where Dr. Mengele is arms purchases and higher out-
going payments because of the
Friedman demanded urgent ac- swelling foreign debt.
tion by the Israeli government to
Foreign exchange reserves have
bring the Nazi to trial, adding that been kept stabl e, rising from
he had approached the West Ger- $341,800,000 at the end of March,
man government with a view to a 1970 to 8388,500,000 at the end of
joint Israeli-German effort.
Friedman noted that his Argen-
tine contact wanted a large sum
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