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November 28, 1975 - Image 61

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-11-28

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Israel's Foreign
Currency Reserves

November 28, 1975 61

Ford Urged to Act on Behalf of Syrian Jews

cording to official accounts,
Israel's foreign currency
reserves stand at $1.1 bil-
However, no less than
$800 million in foreign ex-
change is the result of de-
posits by foreigners in Is-
rael's banks and her
branches abroad, as indi-
cated by the Central Statist-
ical Bureau.
This means that if all for-
eign depositors were to
withdraw their funds, Israel
Ad be left with only $300
..:JAon in foreign exchange.-
At the same time, a Finance
Ministry spokesman, while
confirming this fact, ex-
plained that this was not an
accurate picture.
He stated that only a por-
tion of these $800 million
are short-term deposits.
Most of them, he said, are
long-term deposits of four
to five years.

A delegation of Jewish lead-
ers gave Undersecretary of
State Joseph Sisco a petition
signed by 292,000 Ameri-
cans urging President Ford
to "intervene personally" to
help end the "persecution"
of Jews in Syria.

Rabbi Israel Miller, chair-
man of the Conference of
Presidents of Major Ameri-
can Jewish Organizations
who led the delegation,
made the presentation in

Sisco's office in the State
The petition called on
Ford "to intervene person-
ally using the power and
prestige of your office to
urge the President of Syria
to cease the persecution of
the Jews of Syria and to
ensure their human rights
and dignity". Ford was also
urged "to request the Syrian
government to permit the
emigration of Syrian Jews."

According to the peti-
tion, there are 4,500 Jews

Columbia Scholar Heads WJC Desk

NEW YORK — Dr. Stisan sertation, and has spent sev-
Gitelson, a research asso- eral summers in various
ciate at Columbia Univer- parts of Africa. She was a
-sity's Middle East Institute, lecturer at the Hebrew Uni
was appointed director of versity of Jerusalem from
the African and Asian Af- 1970-1975, and has lectured
fairs Desk of the World at several American univ-
Jewish Congress. ersities.
The WJC Executive de-
Dr. Gitelson spent a year cided last month to move
in East Africa in 1968 on re- the desk from London to
search for her doctoral dis- New York.

in Syria. They were de-
scribed as subject to
"arbitrary arrest, impris-
onment and restriction of
movement, constant police
surveillance, severe eco-
nomic restrictions and
special identification
cards marked with the
word "Jew." These are
only some of the indigni-
ties inflicted on these un-
fortunate people."

Meanwhile, in separate
statements, Nobel Peace
Prize winner Prof. Andrei
Sakharov and 122 Soviet

CJFWF Publishes
Family Life Guide

NEW YORK — "Guide to
Jewish Family Life Educa-
tion Programming" has
been published by the Insti-
tute of Jewish Life, a divi-
sion of the Council of Jewish
Federations and Welfare
Funds, to help individuals
and families deal with
stress situations and crises
The guide offers struc-
tured planning—assistance
for JewiSh organizations
such as family services,
Jewish centers, schools and
synagogues. Copies are
available from the Institute
for Jewish Life, 315 Park
Ave. South, New York, N.Y.

Hebrew Schools
Set Summer Plan

Jews from 16 cities de-
nounced the UN vote brand-
ing Zionism as racism, ac-
cording to the Student
Struggle for Soviet Jewry.
The SSSJ charged that
the Kremlin had begun a
campaign, before the UN
resolution was passed, to
characterize Judaism itself
as "racist" and tie Zionism
with Nazism.
Prof. Sakharov, who has
repeatedly spoken out for
Jews harrassed and jailed
for seeking exit to Israel,
stated that the General As-
sembly vote "will only con-
tribute to the anti-Semitic
tendencies in many coun-
tries and lend them the
form of international law. It
is no less important that
this resolution indirectly
rejects the right of the state
of Israel to exist, this con-
tradicting both the spirit
and the letter of the most
important decisions made
by the UN in regard to this

became active accomplices
in crimes" as "the black-
est crime of the Zionists
committed by them
against their own people."

It also was reported that
Jackie Kennedy Onassis, as
well as almost every other
member of a recent Carne-
gie Hall audience, took a
fake "program" describing
persecution of Russian Jews
as members of the Student
Struggle for Soviet Jewry
demonstrated at the per-
formance of the Moscow
State Symphony Orchestra.
The youths, some wearing
signs, said that they had
come "to show that a true
Soviet-American detente
will not be achieved until
the Kremlin ceases orches-
trating its symphony of
hate against Jews and Is-

The fake "program"
which Mrs. Onassis and
the others received quoted
recent articles in Soviet,
newspapers describing
"The Kremlin could not "the very racist character
wait; •already a month be- of Judaism," and listed
fore the UN vote it linked names of Russian Jews,
Judaism, Zionism and including musicans, forci-
Nazism as an unholy alli-, bly refused permission to
a-rice," the SSSJ charged. leave for Israel. The
An article by B. Antonov, "program" also detailed
"Tortures in Israeli Pris- Jewish suffering in Soviet
ons" in the Oct. 4 issue of labor camps and asked
Sovietskaya Moldezh, den- why Prof. Sakharov could
ounces "the very racist not even travel to Oslo to
character of Judaism, the receive his Nobel- Peace
official ideology of the Prize.
As the demonstrators
Zionist state." Eleven
days later, "The Black left, an "I'm Proud to Be a
Alliance" by M. Petrov in Zionist" bumper sticker re-
Rabochaya Gazeta de- mained attached to the
scribed "the vile deal be- large "Moscow State Sym-
tween the Zionists and the phony. Orchestra" sign dis-
Hitlerites and how they played in front of the hall.

NEW YORK — Dr. Jo-
seph Kaminetsky, national
director of Torah Umeso-
rah, the National Society
for Hebrew Day Schools,-
revealed a plan whereby
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senior students in rabbini-
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cal seminaries in major ur-
ban communities would
flPOLlt10 H M,
adopt for the summer
months Hebrew Day
Schools in smaller commu-
nities away from the Jewish
population mainstream cor-
ridor on the Northeast
This "buddy" type system
BetieNg veiHRI LIMA 2;
of continuing education in-
formally will be utilized
3ANHAA CreAligg iliKOAA, —3 ;
during the summer months
for students and their fami-
lies including their parents,
when education normally is
This entry application for universities in the
at a standstill.
Ukraine was found to be discriminatory against Jews



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Yeshiva Schools
Have Uniform Test

since it asks students to identify themselves by national-
ity, according to the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry.
The card reads: "Nationality: Russian-1; Ukrainian-
2; Jew-3; Other-4." The SSSJ said that acceptance
into a university for those who mark "Jew" is extremely

NEW YORK — Students
interested in attending a
Yeshiva high school need no
longer take separate exami-
nations for each school to
which they apply because of
the development of a uni-
form entrance examination
procedure administered by
the Board of Jewish Educa-
tion of Greater New York in
cooperation with the Na-
tional Commission on Torah
Now in its second year,
the testing service enables
eighth grade day school
students to take only one ex-
amination in general stud-
ies and one test in Judaic
Studies when applying for
admission to any of the 20
Yeshiva University and Stern College students were
member schools of the
Yeshiva High Schools Prin- joined by members of the Student Struggle for Soviet Je-
cipals' Council of Metropoli- wry at a mock funeral at the gates of the UN in protest of
the recent UN resolution equating Zionism with racism.
tan New York.

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