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January 09, 1976 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-01-09

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Eilat Copper Miners Halt One-Day General Strike

EILAT (JTA) — Eilat re-
turned to normal Tuesday
following Monday's general
strike protesting the govern-
ment's decision to close
down the money-losing
Timna copper mines which
employ 700.
The angry citizenry was
mollified somewhat by the
visit Monday night of Minis-4
ter Of Commerce and Indus-
try Haim Barley who prom-
ised that the mines would
continue to operate until
other jobs are found in the
Eilat area for the workers
facing dismissal. But Barley
'as able to speak only in
general terms and gloom
and anxiety persisted over
the town's uncertain future.
Eilat's residents were
shocked and infuriated by
the news Sunday night that
the government would act
on a recommendation by the
ministerial economic com-
mittee to shut down the
mines immediately owing to
a mounting deficit caused
by a prolonged depression in
world copper prices.
Monday Eilat was para-
lyzed by a spontaneous
strike that closed the ar-
bor, the airport, local
schools, shops and busi-
nesses while members of

Ministers Uphold
Israel Sovereignty

workers
committees
blocked highways leading
to the town.
Barley, although a mem-
ber of the ministerial eco-
nomic committee, was criti-
cal of the haste with which
the government acted. "One
does not close such an enter-
prise overnight," he told
members of the Knesset
Economic Committee in Je-
rusalem.
He repeated that remark
to Eilat citizens Monday.
But it was Barley himself
who estimated the Timna
mines losses at IL 60 million
this year and said there was
no justification to keep the
works going under such con-
ditions.
Estimated losses over the
next three years were put at
IL 250 million and the gov-
ernment which has just ap-
proved an austerity budget
for fiscal 1976-77 is unable
to subsidize further opera-
tions of the mines.
Barley, accompanied by
Histadrut Secretary-Gen-
eral Yeruham Meshel,
flew down late Monday in
a military transport be-
cause all commercial
flights to Eilat were sus-
pended.
Angry crowds booed him
at the airport and he was
whisked off to an isolated
fire house in a far corner of
the airport for consultations
with Mayor Gaddi Katz and
representatives of the Eilat
Labor Council and the
Timna Workers Committee.
Later, however, the minis-
ter spoke to the Eilat
crowds. He heard them
complain that decisions af-
fecting their livelihood were
made without consultation
by government officials
"sitting up north" in Jerusa-
lem and Tel Aviv.
The presence of a cabinet
minister and the Histadrut
chief to discuss their prob-
lem moderated the bitter
feelings somewhat. It indi-

The Chicago Tribune pub-
lished a statement by two
Baptist ministers, The Revs.
Emmett W. Cox and Gary
Ransom Cox of the Clifton
Baptist Church, who em-
phasized Israel's historic
right as recorded in the Bi-
ble. They stated.: •
We Christians cannot
hold our tongues when God
has made a promise of love
to Israel to insure her exist-
ence today, tomorrow, and
forever. The Lord promised
Abraham, effective
throughout history and to
this present day, that any
nation cursing Israel shall Wilson and Rabin
be cursed and any nation
blessing Israel shall be to Exchange Visits
blessed (Gen. 12:3).
• LONDON (JTA) — The
Israel his a right to exist prime ministers of Israel
just as much as America. and Britain will exchange
Biblically, she has more of a official visits during the
right. Therefore, we protest first half of 1976, it was
the recent action by the UN learned here.
equating Zionism with rac-
British Premier Harold
ism as being contrary to the Wilson will apparently
Word of God and to the make his long-awaited offi-
n
principles upon which the cial visit to Israel during the
United States was built, the spring as part of a Middle
right of life, liberty, and the East visit which will include
pursuit of happiness.
Egypt, Saudi Arabia and
Iran.
Meanwhile, it is under-
/` 7 Workmen's Circle
stood that the leader of the
Conservative opposition,
Ok *ranch to Meet
Margaret Thatcher, is due
Workmen's Circle Branch to visit Israel some time in
460 will meet 8 p.m. Satur- March. This will be the first
day at the Workmen's Circle time she has been to the
Center. Barbara Bergman, Holy Land since she became
former vice president of the leader of her party. She was
National Council of Jewish in Israel a few years ago
Women in Detroit and when she held a junior Cabi-
chairperson of their juvenile net post in the last Tory
justice committee will speak government.
Her predecessor as Con-
on "Juvenile Justice Re-
servative Party leader, for-
form."
mer Premier Edward
Officers and national con- Heath, has been discussing
vention delegates for with the Israeli Embassy
1976-77 will be nominated here about his plans to visit
and elected. Refreshments Jerusalem, it was learned
will be served. For informa- here. He is presently spend-
tion, call Harriet Arnowitz, ing a holiday in Jordan as
537-5424. -
the guest of King Hussein.

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cated at leaSt that the gov-
ernment was concerned and
that the fate of Eilat was
not left in the hands of face-
less bureaucrats pouring
over columns of figures.
But Barley could not
make specific promises as to
how long the mines would

keep running and exactly
what alternative jobs would
be made available. His
promises were conditioned
on further discussions with
his colleagues on the minis-
terial economic committee.
The general strike was
called off nevertheless.

January 9, 1976 19

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