THE JEWISH NEWS
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VOL. LXIX, No. 22
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August 6, 1976
Israeli, Moslem Officers Confer;
orkers Defying PLO at Border
Eight WZO Employes
JERUSALEM (JTA) — The five World
Zionist Organization shlikhim and the three
Argentine Jewish employes of the WZO who
were arrested in Cordoba, Argentina, July 22
have been released. Yosef Almogi, chairman of
the WZO Executive, in a radio broadcast,
thanked the Israel Foreign Ministry for handl-
ing the situation so discreetly and successfully.
The release was greeted with a sigh of relief by
officials who had maintaineed the arrests were
the result of a misunderstanding. All eight were
arrested after attending a Zionist seminar in
Cordoba. There is still no information as to the
cause of the arrest.
The release came after diplomatic efforts in
Jerusalem and Buenos Aires and two days after
three major Argentine Jewish groups had an-
nounced that they had asked the Argentine gov-
ernment to free the eight prisoners.
The DAIA, the central body of Argentine
Jewry, the Federation of Jewish Communities in
Argentina and the Argentine Zionist Organiza-
tion said in a communique Monday that the ar-
rest had "caused justified concern in the (Jewish)
community" and had noted that the eight Jews
were devoted exclusively to teaching and spread-
ing Jewish and Zionist values.
In Israel, the official efforts for the release of
the WZO represethatives were handled entirely bY
the Foreign Ministry through Ram Nir Gad, the
Israeli Ambassador in Buenos Aires. He met with
the Argentine foreign minister, interior minister
and chief of staff among others.
A Jewish Agency spokesman said that there
is no reason why the shilkhim should not resume
their work in Argentina since they had been re-
leased without any conditions. It was learned
that one of the shlikhim, Amnon Rudin, whose
father is an Israeli police official, called his pa-
rents in Jerusalem to tell them he was safe and
ready to continue with his mission in Argentina.
The other shlikhim are Mr. and Mrs. Yitzhak
Estrugo of Kibutz Bahan and Mr. and Mrs. Yosef
Pick of Tel Aviv, who had immigrated to Israel
from Argentina. The names of the three Argen-
tine Jews were never released.
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TEL AVIV (JTA) — A common desire to keep Syria out of southern Lebanon is the reason given for
the talks that Israeli officers have been having with the officers of the Arab Lebanese Army, the group
that has been fighting with the Palestine Liberation Organization against Lebanese Christian forces.
It was revealed Tuesday that the meetings had been held at Rosh Hanikra, the high cliff overlook-
ing the Mediterranean at the Israeli-Lebanese border. The last meeting was held on the Israeli side at
the Panoramic View Restaurant familiar to Israel and foreign tourists who visit the area.
Jerusalem sources point out that it is Israeli policy which has permitted the Arab Lebanese Army to be
in south Lebanon since Israel has announced it would not allow Syria to move into the region. This 1-ts
become the main guarantee of safety for PLO and Moslem leftists who have moved into southern Lebanon
after fleeing from the Syrian Army.
Israel says the initiative for the talks came from the Arab Lebanese Army which asked the United
Nations to arrange them. The Israelis stress that the talks are directly between the two parties and the
UN officers take no part in them.
The two sides reportedly discussed problems about the border, including those concerning the
crossing into Israel of southern Lebanese villagers seeking medical aid and jobs. They reportedly
agreed that these people will not be interfered with and that Arab terrorists will not be allowed near
Israeli officials stress that the
meetings have no political signifi-
cance and are regarded as a con-
tinuation of the meetings that Is-
raeli officers have long had with
Lebanese army officers.
The Arab Lebanese Army is
made up of Moslem soldiers led by
Lt. Ahmed el-khabtib who broke
away from the regular Lebanese
armed forces which is headed by a
Lebanese workers are continu-
ing to enter Israel despite threats
from El Fatah terrorists. One of
the workers said armed Palestine
Liberation Organization agents
came into his village Sunday
night and threatened to kill all of
the inhabitants if they continue to
go to work in Israel.
In response, all of the Maronite
Christians in the village armed
themselves and guarded the vil-
lage through the night. All of the
17 workers who went to Israel to
work at the Dubek Cigarette
Company's sorting plant in Safad
have worked steadily this week
along with some other workers.
The sorting plant is expected to
employ about 40 Lebanese villa-
Israeli Defense Minister Shimon Peres waves through the border
gers while another 150 will work
security fence at Lebanese civilians awaiting treatment at an Israeli first
for the Jewish National Fund.
U.S. Quits Maine Meeting on M.E. Trade
WASHINGTON (JTA)— The decision of the U.S. Department of Commerce to cancel its participation in
this week's University of Maine Middle East American business conference was followed by withdrawal of
,peakers representing three other federal departments.
According to a report from the conference site, upwards of 350 Americans and Mid-East visitors
tered and paid a fee of $1,000 each. Of these, more than 200 were from Iran and Arab states, including
Eg.,, pi, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
Panelists in the conference originally included four representatives from Commerce along with two field
officers who were to pass out information about international trade. Speakers also were scheduled from the
departments of State, Treasury and Justice. Late last week, the Commerce Department withdrew its field
representatives from the conference. The decision on the speakers were said to have been taken after aspects
of the conference, including a disucssion of how American firms could get off the Arab blacklist were
Reacting to the Commerce Department's decision, John R. Brown, Jr., the conference director, charged
in a telegram to Commerce Secretary Elliot Richardson that "the subversion of a major department of the
U.S. government to the aims of a minority group with foreign allegiances is an insidious condition which
cannot be tolerated."
Brown was presumed to be referring to Jewish organizations which have protested against the exclu-
sion of Israel in the original planning and discussion of means to get around the. Arab boycott of Israel and
American firms owned or managed by Jews.
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Being Used by Agnew
NEW YORK (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation
League of Bnai Brith has charged that "the dis-
graced Spiro Agnew, a convicted felon who has been
engaging in classical anti-Semitism," has taken con-
trol of a tax exempt educational foundation, "Educa-
tion for Democracy," for the purpose of organizing a
movement to reflect his anti-Israel, pro-Arab views.
According to Arnold Forster, ADL's general coun-
sel, the foundation has been converted into a member-
ship organization and has begun publication of a
newsletter, "Memoranda," which features anti-Israel
propaganda, as well as attacks on the American news
Forster said a nationwide mailing is now being
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