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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-05-21

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20 May 21, 1976

England Begins Oil Exportation

land became the newest ex-
porter of petroleum when it
sent to West Germany the
first consignment of 55,000
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House Adopts Bill to Establish Commission
to Monitor Helsinki Agreement Compliance

WASHINGTON (JTA) — sponsored by Sen. Clifford
The House of Representa- P. Case (R.-N.J.) calls for an
tives, by a vote of 240-95, 11-member group while the
adopted the Case-Fenwick House measure introduced
bill setting up an American by Rep. Millicent Fenwick
commission on security (R.-N.J.), proposes 15 mem-
and cooperation in Europe bers.
At the same time, Sen.
whose function is to moni-
for compliance with the John V. Tunney (D-Calif.)
Helsinki agreement by all released a report that doc-
its signatories, including the uments failure of the So-
viet Union and other Com-
Soviet Union.
munist countries in
A major feature is to ad- Europe to live up to the
vance the freedom of citi- Helsinki Accords on Hu-
zens within the Soviet orbit, man Rights.
including Jews and others
The report, by the Li-
wishing to emigrate.
brary of Congress, shows
The bill will now go to the "flagrant Soviet violations,"
Senate-House conference, Tunney said. "They have
since the Senate version adopted cosmetic changes

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Orthodox rabbis and deans
of yeshivot issued a state-
ment in New York denounc-
ing "violence and terror" by
Jews as a transgression of
Torah law. The statement,
released by the Agudat Is-
rael of America, was issued
in the name of the Council
of Torah Sages (Moetzes Ge-
dolei Hatorah).
An Agudat Israel spokes-
man, who described the sig-
natories as "a group of the
foremost Torah scholars in
the world," said the state-
ment was "a clear reference
to recent acts and threats of
violence against Russian of-
ficials and property in the
United States."
Their statement read: "In
response to widespread
queries regarding the view-
point that our Jewish breth-
ren can be helped in their
distress through violence
and terror, whose advocates
perpetrate various acts of
assault and destruction on
persons and property: We
herewith proclaim that such
acts are contrary to Ha-
lakha and that according to
Torah law they are to be
viewed severely as very
grave prohibitions. We
therefore declare that
'whoever follows their ways
will suffer extreme retribu-
tion. Needless to say, he is
considered a transgressor of
Torah law. The general com-
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The statement was
signed by Rabbi Yaacov
Kamenetzky, dean of Me-
sivta Torah Vodaath;
Rabbi Yaacov Yitzchok
Ruderman, dean of the
Ner Israel Rabbinical Col-
lege of Baltimore; Rabbi
Yitzchok Hutner, dean of
Mesivta Rabbi Chaim Ber-
lin; Yisrael Spira, the
Hasidic rabbi of Bluzov;
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein,
dean of Mesivta Tifereth
Jerusalem; and Nachim
Perlow, the Hasidic rabbi
of Novominsk.
Meanwhile, a Jewish or-
ganization called "Save Our
Israel" (SOIL) claimed that
it was erroneously blamed
for bomb blasts at two
Queens banks early Sunday
Branches of Citibank and
Bankers Trust, both located
on Union Turnpike, were
damaged by fire bombs, os-
tensibly because of the
banks' alleged cooperation
with the Arab boycott of
Israel. There were no cas-
Dov Hikind, executive di-
rector of SOIL, said that an
anonymous telephone caller
told major news services
that his organization was
"We emphatically deny
any responsibility what-
soever for these acts and
reaffirm our commitment
to non-violent activism,"
Hikind said. He charged
that "Those who have placed
the blame on us are under-
mining our peaceful and
constructive work on behalf
of Israel."
In Jerusalem, Foreign
Minister Yigal Allon
sharply condemned Jew-
ish Defense League leader
Meir Kahane's threats of
violence against Soviet
diplomats in the U.S. and
Europe. Kahane made the
threats at a Tel Aviv press
conference when he spoke
of "kidnapping and possi-
bly worse" against Soviet
diplomats if the U.S. did
not take a tougher line on
behalf of Soviet Jews.
Allon said such threats
and action were inadmissi-
ble in themselves and sev-
erely harmful for the cause
of Soviet Jewry.

on the one hand while tight- science Foundation, in-
ening the screw of repres- cluded another Jew, Adolf
Shayovich, a student at the
sion on the other."
Tunney called on the Sec- Rabbinical Seminary in
retary of State Kissinger to Budapest, Hungary.
Answering questions in
meet with Soviet and other
Eastern European leaders Yiddish at a news confer-
about failure to abide by the ence for the delegation,
Fishman was somewhat
If these talks fail Tunney vague when asked about
urged suspension of Ameri- freedom of religion for
can observance of sections Soviet Jews. He only said:
of the accords dealing with "We have three syn-
security arrangements and agogues in Moscow and
people pray there from six
economic exchanges.
Congressman James G. in the morning to two in
O'Hara (D-Mich.), mean- the afternoon. Then we
while, assailed the prac- hold services in the eve-
tice of "religious repres- nings." He said that there
sion" in the Soviet Union, are "prayer rooms" in dif-
charging that this violated ferent parts of Moscow
"not only the Soviets' own where Jews can attend
constitution, but also the services.
provisions of the Helsinki
Shayovich, a former engi-
agreement which the Rus- neer who became a rabbini-
sian government has rati- cal student, said that there
is an "intensified" interest
O'Hara joined with doz- in Judaism among the
ens of other members of the young Jewish generation.
House of Representatives in
Stanley Lowell, past
introducing a resolution
calling on the Soviet Union chairman of the National
to allow "religious believers Conference on Soviet Jewry,
within its borders to wor- said that Fishman and the
ship God freely according to other clergymen were
"functionaries" of the Soviet
•their own consciences."
In a related development, government which denies
continued strong affirma- religious and cultural free-
tion of the Jackson-Vanik dom to-Jews.
He noted that Fishman
provision of the 1974 U.S..
Trade Act was voiced by Eu- has attacked the desire of
gene Gold, newly elected Soviet Jews to emigrate and
chairman of the National has been silent about Soviet
Conference on Soviet Jewry, anti-Semitism and the har-
at the closing luncheon of assment of Jews, the quota
the NCSJ's board of gover- system for Jews in the univ-
nors leadership assembly ersities and the denial of
two-day meeting at the their cultural and religious
Shoreham Hotel.
Gold, the District Attor-
In addition, Lowell
ney of Brooklyn, succeeded stated, Fishman is the
Stanley Lowell as NCSJ rabbi "for the only -func-
tioning synagogue_in Mos-
Sen. Henry M. Jackson cow and regretably is the
(D. Wash.), co-author of only rabbi among 60 syn-
Jackson-Vanik agogues remaining in the
assailed Soviet Union to serve a
President Ford and Secre- Jewish population in ex-
tary of State Henry A. Kis- cess of three million. This
singer for their opposition is stark evidence of the
to the Jackson-Vanik leg- minimal nature of Jewish
islation and for their ef- religious life in the Soviet
forts to get Congress to Union. Sadly, Rabbi Fish-
delete it from the trade bill man cannot and will not do
or water it down.
anything to improve this
Gov. Edmund J. Brown, deplorable situation."
Jr., of California, told the
It also was reported that
delegates he favors hard- Rabbi Stanley S. Rabinow-
bargaining with the Soviets itz, recently elected presi-
on American wheat and dent of the 1,000-member
technology to secure the Rabbinical Assembly, and
free emigration for. Soviet three colleagues in the Con-
Jews. In an address fol- servative rabbinate, were
lowed by a question and denied permission at the
answer period, Brown, who last minute to visit Soviet
is a candidate for the Demo- Russia on a regular com-
cratic Presidential nomina- mercial tour conducted by
tion, said he had mixed feel- Intourist, the Russian travel
ings about the effectiveness
of the Jackson-Vanik agency.
In New York, the Chief granted a visa to visit Russia
Rabbi of Moscow said that on a tour; Rabbi Rabinow-
young Jews in the Soviet itz who is the spiritual
Union are "drawing closer leader of the Adas Israel
to religious life" without Congregation of Washing-
ton, D.C., was told by In-
being pressed to do so.
Rabbi Jacob FiShman, tourist: "We are unable to
who officiates at Moscow's - accept your group. All land
Central Synagogue, was in arrangements cancelled."
After receiving this notifi-
the U.S. as part of a delega-
tion of nine Soviet clergy- cation of cancellation, Rabbi
men, headed by Metropoli- Rabinowitz called the Rus-
tan Jubenaly, one of the sian Embassy for an explan-
highest ranking prelates in ation, to be told by an at-
the Russian Orthodox tache that there was no
Church. The delegation, political basis for the can-
which was in the U.S. for a cellation. The reason given
10-day visit under the aus- was insufficient hotel space
pices of the Appeal of Con- available in Moscow.



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