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July 18, 1975 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-07-18

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6 Friday, July 18, 1975

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

U.S. Senate Hearings Requested on Large Weapons Sale to Jordan

WASHINGTON (JTA) —
Sen. Clifford Case (R-NJ)
has introduced a concurrent
resolution calling for hear-
ings on the proposed sale of
a $350 million U.S. air de-
fense system to Jordan.
He said the hearings
would cover three weapons
systems: the "Hawk" sur-
face-to-air missile; the
"Vulcan" anti-aircraft, self
propelled 20 mm. gun; and
the "Redeye" shoulder-fired
surface-to-air missile.

Rabbi Israel Miller, chair-
man of the Conference of
Presidents of Major Ameri-
can Jewish Organizations,
said the proposed sale will
upset the precarious bal-
ance of power prevailing at
present in the Middle East.

Rabbi Miller rejected
the Ford Administration's
contention that Israel en-
joys military superiority
vis-a-vis Jordan. He
stressed that in accord-
ance with statements by

Alton Proposes to Allow Arab
Villagers to Return Home

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
Foreign Minister Yigal Al-
lon proposed to the Cabinet
this week that the former
residents of Ikrit and Biram
be allowed to return to their
native villages near the Le-
banese border which they
were forced to leave during
Israel's war for independ-
ence 27 years ago.
The issue was raised re-
peatedly over the years. The
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were resettled in the nearby
village of Gush Halav but
they have persistently peti-
tioned the Israeli authori-
ties for permission to return
to their old homes.
Before the Yom Kippur
War, the matter became a
subject of national debate
and peaceful demonstra-
tions were staged in which
many Israelis supported the
displaced villagers.

But the Meir govern-
ment contended that the
security problems that
originally required the
evacuation of Ikrit and
Biram still applied.

"Hawkish" members of
the Meir Cabinet privately
expressed fear that if the
Arabs were allowed to re-
turn to Ikrit and Biram
there would be a flood of
similar demands from other
displaced Arabs "which
would end in Jewish homes
in Jaffa."
When the Rabin govern-
ment replaced the Meir coa-
lition, the villagers renewed
their petition.

King Hussein, it was the
lack of adequate air de-
fense and missile system
that prevented Jordan
from joining a third-front
attack against Israel dur-
ing the Yom Kippur War.

Judge Paul Ribner, na-
tional commander of the
Jewish War Veterans, also
called on Congress to block
the sale.
The Ford Administra-

tion's letter to Congress said
the sale "would be in the na-
tional interest of the United
States, strengthening Hus-
sein's internal position and
reinforcing Jordan's policies
of moderation at a time
when Jordan was under
heavy political pressure
from outside forces (in-
eluding the PLO) and when
the morale of its armed
forces was suffering from

the absence of any air de-
fense."

Foxman added that the
25-year Arab boycott has
gained ground in the last
two years because of in-
creasing oil wealth.
"Before, only two or three
companies would try to get
off the list each year. In
1974," he said, "more than

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He said despite Congres-
sional hearings and public-
ity, there is no enforcement
procedure in the U.S.l aws
to overcome the boycott,
which violates Constitu-
tional rights. "The State,
Commerce and Treasury
Departments told Congress
to not rock the boat . . .
that everything would
straighten out in time." The
ADL filed suit last month
against four U.S. companies
on charges of discrimina-
tion.
Asked about Arab propa-
ganda on U.S. college cam-
puses, Foxman said that the
total Arab propaganda ma-
chine has improved, its ex-
penditures estimated at $20-
$100 million per year.
"But Arab propaganda
improvements on campus
have been countered be-
cause the campuses are not
radical as they were in the
1960s. Jewish movements on
campus have revived, there
are more Jewish campus
publications, and all of this
is a positive response."

He said a greater prob-
lem might be increasing
tendency of U.S.•schools to
solicit Arab projects and
Arab studies. "This is
fine," he said, "as long as
there is no discrimination
in hiring and no politics in
teaching. Will Israel be
included in Middle East
studies financed by Saudi
Arabia?"

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newspapers, especially in
the South and Southwest.
Foxman said a recent study
showed that controlling in-
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The letter stressed that
the sale would not alter Is-
rael's "overwhelming mili-
tary superiority" over Jor-
dan but would give Jordan
confidence in deterring an
attack from anywhere ena-
bling it to continue its policy
of moderation and of close
ties to the United States.

ADL Voices 3 Areas of Concern

Abraham Foxman, assist-
ant national director for the
Anti-Defamation League of
Bnai Bnith, was in Detroit
last week for a series of in-
formation and fund-raising
meeting-s.
In an interview Foxman
said that ADL's three main
areas of concern right now
are the general public opin-
ion mood in the U.S. and
how it relates to U.S. sup-
port for Israel, the Arab
boycott and Arab discrimi-
nation.
He said Watergate and
Vietnam have led to a
"tiredness" on the part of
the American people, and a
feeling of not wanting to get
involved in international af-
fairs. He said that support
for Israel has dropped to
30-40 percent from the 50
percent level, "although the
Arabs haven't picked up any
support."

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TORONTO (JTA) —
Eleven Canadian Jewish
leaders urged the Canadian
government last week to re-
fuse admission to the Pales-
tine Liberation Organiza-
tion delegates who have
been invited to attend the
United Nations conference
on crime in Toronto Sept. 1.
The message to Foreign
Minister Allan McEachen
was sent on bejalf of the
Canada-Israel Committee.

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