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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-07-09

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

14 Friday, July 9, 1976

medicine and Kind Words Ease the Plight o Christian Lebanese



By YAACOV EREZ

World Zionist Organization

JERUSALEM — Some-
where along the frontier
between Israel and the Le-
banon a narrow slit in the

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perimeter fence opens a
door for what may pbssibly
be a new relationship be-
tween Israel and the Chris-
tian population in the war-
torn land. Through this nar-
row gate hundreds of Chris-
tians have passed over dur-
ing the past two weeks to
receive medical aid in the
mobile clinic run by the Is-
rael Defense Forces near
the frontier.
Scores of Christian
women, children, and young
men wounded in the Le-
banese civil war come over
every day. Some are tran-
ferred to the government
hospitals in Safed and
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ceive medical treatment on minutes later another Le-
the spot and return to their banese car halted on the
homes.
road. Two old women, clad
Yesterday I saw the im- in black, brought a six-year-
age of present-day Lebanon old girl with them. They,
reflected in the features of too, sought shelter among
an old woman clad in black, the trees.
her face furrowed by wrin-
Cars kept on arriving
kles. As she waited her turn from the same direction,
on the other side of the fron- halting with a screech and
tier, one could see the ten- discharging their "cargo" of
sion and fear that possessed women and children, old
her. But no sooner had she folk and even several young
passed through the fence persons. Some Lebanese ve-
than these melted away and hicles could be seen cruising
her back straightened.
to and fro along the same
In the ambulance section of the road. There
parked nearby a young were bearded young men in
Israeli physician was them; some in uniform, oth-
working under trying con- ers in mufti. One could see
ditions, treating the Le- no firearms in their posses-
banese patients. Soldiers sion. In all probability they
in the reserves, drawn had come to look after the
safety of their Christian
from all walks of life, were brethren
as they cross into
doing everything in their
Israeli
territory.
power to relieve the suffer-
Suddenly the military
ing of those who came beg-
ambulance
marked with a
ging for aid.
The Lebanese villagers red Magen David drew up.
gather on the other side of The Lebanese who sat in
the border, awaiting the the shade of the trees on
arrival of the brown army the other side of the road
ambulance. A white rose to their feet and drew
Mercedes car drew up and up to the fence. An Israeli
the young bearded driver soldier opened the gate
asked the Israeli soldiers in and let the first two
'women pass through.
Arabic: "When?"
"In another hour," one of Medical orderlies led them
to the ambulance.
them replies.
One of the women
A young fair-haired
climbed inside and began
woman, in her last months explaining
her ailment to
of pregnancy, alighted from
the
physician.
The orderly
the car carrying a two-year-
old baby in her arms. She translated from Arabic into
walked across to the nearby Hebrew and back into Ara-
plantation and sought shel- bic again, and handed-her
ter among the trees. A few some medicines. The
woman returned to Le-
elerentliteragnielensrePIMPurtreneteneollsonlanInIPIPleatal
banese territory, entered
the car parked by the side of
the grove and disappeared.
This process repeated itself
for long hours.
Israeli soldiers stationed
there made black coffee for
the Lebanese patients and

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Parochial School
Aid Gets Support

NEW YORK — The
American Jewish Commit-
tee announced its support
for publicly-financed guid-
ance and testing services for
all school children, includ-
ing those in parochial
schools, provided such serv-
ices were administered by
public agencies in public
facilities.
The position of the Amer-
ican Jewish Committee was
announced by Alfred H.
Moses, chairman of its
domestic affair's commis-
sion, following adoption of
the stand by the agency's
board of Governors.
Previously, the Commit-
tee's position on aid -to stu-
dents in parochial schools
had been limited to such
publicly supported pro-
grams as lunches and medi-
cal and dental services.
In addition, it has sup-
ported dual enrollment or
"shared time" programs, in
which parochial school chil-
dren are intermingled with
public school children on
public school premises for
instruction in non-religious
subjects, such as mathemat-
ics, science, and industrial
art, while continuing to re-
ceive their religious instruc-
tion in the parochial
schools.

distributed sweets to the
children. The children from
across the frontier came
with their everyday prob-
lems: stomach ache, flu,
running wounds. Old people
with chronic ailments came,
too, and explain their trou-
bles through the aid of the
dragoman. This is how the
hours drag on.
Israeli soldiers stationed
nearby look after the safety
of both those arriving in
search of aid and those of-
fering it. Slowly the thicket
on the other side of the road
grows empty. The patients
return to the cars carrying
drugs and, some of them, in-
vitations for another exami-
nation in another few days'
time.
Thirty five Lebanese vil-
lagers received medical
treatment at the frontier
the other day. It was a
Sunday and so their num-
ber was larger than usual'.
For the present, at any
rate, the Lebanese appre-
ciate Israel's humane ges-
ture. With happy faces
they thank the medical
staff as well as the drago-
mans. No payment is ac-
cepted for the services but,
after realizing that, • they
content themselves with a
few warm words of thanks
and a shake of the hand.
One young women said,
"In school they taught us
that you were murderers,
that you kill women and
children and have no pity
for the Arabs. I was afraid
to come for medical treat-
ment. But there is no one to
offer it on our side of the
border, and so I was forced
to come. To my surprise I
found out that you are hu-
man beings, people with
good hearts, and that your
country opens its borders'to
our sorely stricken commu-

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Now the brown military
ambulance has became part
of the new scene. Now peo-
ple come even if they do not
suffer from serious illnesses
and are not in need of ur-
gent treatment. They come
to tell their woes to the Is-
raeli doctor and hear "a kind
word" from him.
In the late afternoon as a
cool wind was blowing, a
sudden thunder of guns
could be heard from deep in
Lebanon. The medical treat-
ment ended; the ambulance
began to return to its base,
while a convoy of Lebanese
cars wended its way north-
ward to the war ravaged
country.
Today, at the same place,
scores of Lebanese will
again await the arrival of
the Israeli doctor.
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