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July 06, 1973 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-07-06

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Israeli Doctors Enter Fourth Week of Strike; Sapir in

JERUSALEM (JTA)—The manding a 60 per cent salary
strike of 6,000 salaried doc- increase.
He has conceded that a 16-
tors entered its 27th day
Tuesday with no sign of a hour stint of night duty after
a full day's work was ex-
and agreed that the
A lengthy meeting between
strike leaders and Finance 16 hours be divided into two
Minister Pinhas Sapir and full work days of eight hours
Health Minister Victor each.
The doctors are demand-
Shemtov Sunday night failed
to produce an agreement. ing a 50 per cent pay hike
The doctors refused to as- for night duty plus a 25 per
semble their national com- cent raise for evening and
mittee Monday to consider night stand-by duty.
Meanwhile, a court order-
the government's latest pro-
ed striking doctors in Tel
Sapir indicated the serious- Aviv to stop demanding fees
ness with which he regards from sick fund patients they
the prolonged strike by en- have been treating privately
tering into talks almost im- since their strike began
mediately upon his return nearly four weeks ago.
The court order was ob-
from a two-week visit to the
tained by Kupat Holim, the
U. S.
He had reportedly ordered Histadrut sick fund.
The goveument is report-
income tax inspectors to in-
vestigate clinics maintained edly ready to ask for a court
by the strikers to make sure order to bar the use of hos-
that taxes are deducted from pital facilities and equip-
patient fees are required by ment to striking doctors who
law before the money is de- are accepting patients at
hospitals for fees.
posited in the strike fund.
Striking doctors shut down
Patients who normally are
treated free of charge, will hospital wards with only a
be refunded in part only by single ward in each depart-
the government for fees they ment open, resulting in
severe overcrowding.
pay during the strike.
The doctors insisted, how-
Sapir has made it clear
that the government will not ever, that while the patients
go beyond the 45.6 per cent may be inconvenienced, all
wage increase it has offered, those why required treat-
but is prepared to consider ment were receiving it.
Premier Golda Meir met
other demands by the doc-
tors. The doctors are de- with the directors of three
hospitals Jure 27 in an ef-
fort to get rei4 otiations going
Deputy Pr,,•l_niel• Yigal
Ion entered the Tel Hasho-
,Nith a medical
complaint and was placed in
a ward for examination.
Premier Golda Meir has in- Former Premier David Ben-
dicated that her government Gurion was reported recov-
will give serious considera- ering from an attack of
tion to the recommendations bronchitis he suffered sev-
of a special panel on pov- eral days ago.
In Tel AVi residents were
erty which found that large
numbers of children of Ori- caught between fire and
ental families live in serious water as lifeguards on the
distress and that the govern- beach resumed a strike for
ment has failed to cope with higher wage;.; that they had
suspended a week ago.
the problem.
At the same time, the Tel
Mrs. Meir said at a press
conference that the govern- Aviv fire brigade embarked
ment will discuss the report j on a partial strike. The fire-
with due earnestness and will f igh ter s are answering
faithfully carry out whatever alarms, but they have halted
policies emerge as a result. all paper work and will not
She did not commit her- respond to people who have
self, however, to adopting lost their keys and call the
the recommendations as
they stand and conceded that German Group Hits
the government is not likely
to make much headway in Protestant Student
that area before the national Letter Against Israel
elections next October.
BONN (JTA) — The
The report was prepared Christian-Jewish Associations
by a special committee ap- in West Germany, whose
pointed by Premier Meir two patron West German Pre-
years ago primarily to study
Gustav Heinemann,
juvenile delinquency.
have -
censured Ger-
The panel broadened
man --i-otestant student or-
scope to include juvenile dis- ganize ails for their open
tress in general and found letter to Chancellor Willy
among other things that Brandt ; prior to his visit to
160,000 children live in con- Israel.
ditions of distress and about
The letter, leftist and pro-
94 per .cent of them come Arab in tone, spoke of "Is-
from families of Asian or raeli annexation of the oc-
African origin.
cupire territories" and the
The major findings of the "exp on of Palestinians."
report were submitted to It des • :ibed Brandt's trip to
Mrs. Meir eight months ago. Israel as "legitimizing the
She told reporters that she military safeguarding of oil
considered narrowing the so- supplies;," and "discrimina-
cial gap and improving the
tion" against Arabs in Ger-
condition of children to be a
major challenge facing Is- many after the Munich Olym-
raeli society in the immedi- pic massacre.
The coordinating commit-
ate future.
She said that until perma- tee of Christian-Jewish As-
nent policies are devised, a sociations said it had read
special unit will be establish- the open letter "with anger
ed in the prime minister's and amazement."
office to coordinate the ac-
tivities of governmental
Independence is the only
agencies dealing with the bond that can tie and keep
welfare problem.
us together.—Torn Paine.

fire department to open their
The firemen, like the life-
guards, are demanding high-
er wages.
Civil Service Employes
Walk Out—No Trains,
No Telephones
TEL AVIV (JTA) — Vital
transportation and communi-
cations services came to a
standstill as some 5,000 civil
service employes staged a
24-hour strike to support
their demands for a wage
scale equal to that of en-
Finance Minister Pinhas
Sapir warned employes not
to expect the government to
give in to their wage de-
mands because of the elec-
tions this year.
Meanwhile, there was no
telephone service in Israel
and no trains were running.
Special buses were chartered
to carry servicemen back to
their units from week-end
leaves. The civil service em-
ployes have threatened a
general strike beginning Sat-


22—Friday, July 6, 1973'

urday if ther demands are
not met.
Emigre Lawyers
Complain Against
Absorption Ministry
group of immigrant lawyers
from the Soviet Union has
complained to Justice Min-
ister Yaacov Shimshon Sha-
piro that Israeli authorities
are discouraging them from
practicing their profession.
Their complaint was di-
rected against the ministry
of absorption, officials of
which, they said, tried to
persuade them to take cleri-
cal jobs rather than practice
They asked the justice
minister to permit them to
take their qualifying exam-
inations in Russian and to
help them find jobs where
they can serve their appren-
ticeship for the period re-
quired to become articled
Shapiro reportedly prom-
ised to do his best to assist


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