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March 28, 1975 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-03-28

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

The Tortured 4,500 Jews of Syria

By MOSHE RON

Jewish News
Special Israel Correspondent

We recently met a Jewish
journalist, who had visited
Syria and tried to meet Syr-
ian Jews. He was afraid to
take a cab to the Jewish
Ghetto in Damascus, be-
cause the driver would im-
mediately inform the Syr-
ian Intelligence Service.
Therefore, he walked for
hours through the streets of
mascus until a man
wed him the way, but
was afraid to approach the
ghetto. The man brought a
Jewish friend, who refused
to talk to the reporter be-
* Cause Syrian agents watch
all movements of foreigners.
When he arrived in the
ghetto, Syrian security
agents asked him what he
was looking for? The jour-
nalist showed his press
card.
The agents told him that
there were no antiques and
souvenirs sold in the
ghetto. After some argu-
ment they let him pass, but
ordered him to refrain from
taking pictures.

The journalist walked
through dark, dirty
streets. People ran from
him. Children stopped
their play and fled. He
could only see hundreds of

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eyes watching him
through closed windows.

He asked one of the
agents why he could not talk
to Jews? Why was the
region so closely watched?
"Why do you want to talk
to Jews?" they asked the
journalist. "They are living
together with their Arab
neighbors and feel very
well."
The journalist found out
that there had been no wed-
dings in the ghetto for five
years. Jews are not allowed
to move outside the ghetto.
Jews are not accepted as
employees in government
institutions and banks.

Syrian officers and sol-
diers do not buy in Jewish
shops. Jews are not al-
lowed to talk to tourists. A
part of the. Jewish ceme-
tery was destroyed.in or-
der to pave a new road.

The Jewish teachers in
two Jewish schools were
replaced by Arab teachers.
Jewish school children are
not allowed to study the
Bible, only Jewish prayers.
Policemen often visit the
Jewish synagogues.
Palestinian refugees take
money from the Jews.
Houses and lots are confis-
cated by the authorities.
Jews have nothing left to

Jewish Cemeteries
in Poland Are Safe

NEW YORK — Reports
that the Polish government
intends to demolish the ce-
metery for Jewish ghetto
victims in Lodz are untrue,
reports Agudath Israel of
America, national Orthodox
Jewish movement, based on
information from Senator
Jacob K. Javits (R.-N.Y.).

Senator Javits informed
Agudath Israel that he had
learned that there were no
plans to destroy any of the
Jewish cemeteries in Po--
land, and in fact several
Jewish cemeteries in that
country are under study for
designation as national
monuments.

Dr. Isaac Lewin, chair-
man of the American sec-
tion of the Agudist world
executive, has for the past
years been in communica-
tion with the Polish govern-
ment to safeguard the
sanctity of the Jewish ceme-
teeries in that country.

sell for a living.
The journalist says in
Kamishly there is no ghetto,
but a concentration camp
for Jews. They are not al-
lowed to leave their flats
from sunset until sunrise.
Their children are in school
only for six years.
They are also forbidden to
learn a profession. Jews
have to walk separately in
the streets, not in groups.

They are forbidden to
visit public places and are

not allowed to pray in pub-
lic or perform ritual
slaughter. Violators of
these rules are punished
by severe torture.

In Kamishly theye are 350
Jews left, who suffer pain
and shame. Sick people do
not get medical help.
It is the duty of the civi-
lized world to demand from
all international organiza-
tions to appeal to the Syrian
authorities to put an end to
this inhuman treatment.

Friday, March 28, 1975 5

Germany Prints 'Rights in Israel'

LONDON — A Study on
"Citizenship Rights in Is-
rael" by Yehuda Gera-
Griinbaum and Aharon
Zwergbaum has been nub-

lished in Germany. Dr.
Zwergbaum, of Czechoslo-
vak origin, is a legal adviser
to the World Zionist Organi-
zation. —

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Israel Excluded
as Site for Chess

TEL AVIV (JTA) — A de-
cision by the World Chess
Federation that would ex-
clude Israel from considera-
tion as a possible site for the
1976 International Chess
Olympiad, has been pro-
tested by the Israel Chess
Federation.

The Israeli group said it
wrote to the federation,
meeting in Holland this
week, pointing out that Is-
rael is the only country so
far to submit an offer for
next year's contest but was
ruled out on the basis of the
political situation in the
Middle East.

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