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January 16, 1976 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-01-16

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Israel Fears Timna Mine Closing May Turn Eilat Into Ghost Town

Fear continues to mount in
Eilat that Israel's southern-
most city and, sole outlet to
the Red Sea would become a
ghost town after the Timna
copper mines are closed
down and its dismissed em-
ployes are forced to find
jobs elsewhere.
Minister of Commerce
and Industry Haim Barley,
who flew to Eilat last week
'ter a general strike pro-
_ Aing the shut-down para-
lyzed the town, told the
Knesset that there was no
hope of getting the money-
losing copper works out of
the red for the next five
The Timna mine workers
won a reprieve of uncertain
duration when Barley prom-

AZF Launches
Ideology Group


American Zionist Federa-
tion Commission on Zionist
Ideology has been launched
and its first conference will
be next Wednesday, it was
announced by Faye Schenk,
AZF president.
Rabbi David Polish of
Chicago, president of the
Chicago Zionist Federation,
will be chairman of the com-
mission to which 31 Zionist
scholars and leaders have
been invited as members.
The commission, Mrs.
Schenk said, will meet sev-
eral times during the year
for a aeries of high delibera-
tions designed to develop an-
swers to such questions as
what is the contemporary
character of Zionism, is the
ideology of Zionism of 1976
essentially the same as the
Zionism of, 1945-1956, how
does one distinguish be-
tween Zionism and pro-Is-
rael activity, and does Zion-
ist philosophy need
Updating and revision?
Among those invited to
participate in the commis-
sion are Prof. Howard Adel-
son, Dr. Judith Diesen-
druck, Rabbi Arthur
Hertzberg, Charlotte Jacob-
son, Philip Klutznick, Rose
Matzkin, Rabbi Alexander
Schindler, Dr. Judah J.
Shapiro, Dr. Joseph Stern-
stein, Kalman Sultanik,
Prof. Marie Syrkin, Jacques
Torczyner and Rabbi Mor-
dechai Waxman. The 31 in-
vitees represent all group-
ings in the Zionist

ised that the copper mines
would not be shut down un-
til alternative jobs are found
for its 700 employes. But he
hedged his promise on fur-
ther consultation with his
colleagues on the minister-
ial economic committee
which had recommended to
the government that the
deficit-ridden industry be
shut down.
New job prospects also
are uncertain. Labor Min-
ister Moshe Baram prom-
ised that the dismissed
mine workers would be
employed building a new
airport seven miles north
of Eilat, a project already
approved by the Cabinet
but not scheduled to start
for three months. Israel
Aircraft Industries was
reported planning to lo-
cate a new metal plant in
Eilat but that will not be
ready for at least three
Baram conceded that even
those projects would not
provide jobs for all of the•
laid-off mine workers.

Moreover, those projects
are in the construction field
and Eilat residents were
wondering what would be-
come of the scientists, engi-
neers, lab technicians and
copper specialists employed

in office jobs at Timna.
Barley told the Knesset
that the government had no
choice but to shut down the
mines in view of the contin-
uing depression in copper
prices on the world market.

Canadian Envoy to Visit Mideast

OTTAWA (JTA) — Secre-
tary of State for External
Affairs Allan McEachen left
last week for a 10-day trip
to the Middle East.
He will meet in Cairo-
with Egyptian President
Anwar Sadat and the lead-
ers of the Arab League. He
will then go to Saudi Ara-
bia, Jordan and Iraq before
going to Israel for three
The object of McEachen's
visit is to increase economic
relations with the oil-rich
Arab countries which did
not attract the interests of
the Canadian government
up to now as did Israel.
McEachen declared that
Arab countries are showing
increasing interest in devel-

oping bilateral relations
with Canada. He is being ac-
companied by high officials
of the Department of Corn-.
merce and of the Canadian
Agency for International

McEachen said Canada is
looking for a tripartite coop-
eration, such as Saudi Ara-
bia paying the cost of Cana-
dian technolOgy and
training for a third country.
He said Canada needs Arab
investments in order to di-
versify its sources of capital.
He said that while he is in
Israel he will go into an in-
depth analyses of the politi-
cal and economic relations
already existing between
the two countries.

January 16, 1976 19

Meanwhile, a special
committee has been set up
in Eilat with the participa-
tion of Histadrut's Trade
Union Department and
various government agen-
cies to explore the job
problems with Eilat au-
thorities. The hope is to
find employment in the
Eilat area for as many of
the laid-off workers as
The town has already suf-
fered a decline in ocean-
borne commerce since the
Suez Canal was reopened
last June and, as the Egyp-
tians are allowing Israel-
bound cargoes — though not
Israel flag-ships — to use
the waterway, the import-
ance of the pipeline may



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lost U.S. Deals
Comply to Arabs'

— In two out of every three
deals (involving more than
50,000 commercial transac-
tions over a five-year period)
between American business
firms and Arab countries,
the Americans chose to
comply with the Arab boy-
cott against Israel, accord-
ing to an official report filed
by the Department of Com-
merce at the request of the
U.S. Congress.
Congressional voices are
now demanding new legisla-
tion to penalize those firms
that acknowledge and corn-
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