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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-08-06

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Britain Splits With Uganda Over Bloch Disappearance

LONDON (JTA) — The
prevarication, evasions
and harassment by the
Uganda authorities in
connection with the dis-
appearance and probable
murder of Mrs. Dora
Bloch, the missing Air
France hijack hostage,
precipitated Britain's
first diplomatic break
with a Commonwealth
country.
The severance of dip-
lomatic relations with the
Ugandan government of
President Idi Amin was
announced to the House
of Commons by Foreign
Secretary Anthony Cros-
land.
Reviewing the events
-7-urrounding the appa-
nt murder of the 75-
-.jar-old widow who held
dual British and Israeli
citizenship, Crosland de-
clared that "The events
of recent weeks have
again demonstrated that

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it is not possible for our
High Commission effec-
tively to discharge its
normal duties" in
Uganda.
He said the High Com-
mission had made re-
peated inquiries as to the
whereabouts of Mrs.
Bloch who was last seen in
a Kampala hospital a day
after Israeli commandos
rescued more than 100
hijack hostages held by
pro-Palestinian terrorists
at Entebbe Airport. "They
all got . nowhere without
Uganda's cooperation and
there is no sign that this is
forthcoming," Crosland
said.
The move, however, is
overwhelmingly sup-
ported in Parliament and
among the public. Amin's
claim that Mrs. Bloch had
been returned to the air-
port before the rescue oc-
curred and therefore was
the responsibility of the

Israelis was seen here as
patently false inasmuch
as an official of the High
Commission visited her
at Mulago Hospital on
July 4, a day after the re-
scue.
The subsequent expul-
sion of that official and of
Acting High Commis-
sioner James Horrocks
from Uganda and the
harassment of his re-
placement constituted a
series of provocations
that led to the breach.
The breach means that
Britain has given up any
hope of ascertaining the
fate of Mrs. Bloch from
the Amin regime. France
has agreed to look after
British interests in Kam-
pala.
The government had de-
layed that step out of con-
cern for the safety of the
500 British subjects resi-
dent in Uganda at the time
of the hijacking.

Tay-Sachs Screening for Teens

PHILADELPHIA
(JTA) — For the first time
-in the United States,
Tay-Sachs carrier screen-
ing will be offered for the
teenage population, in a
pilot program in Allen-
town, Pa.
Some 200 teenagers,
members of various
Jewish youth groups in
the Allentown/
- Bethlehem/Easton area,
will be tested to deter-
mine if they are carriers
of Tay-Sachs disease, a
fatal genetic illness
which strikes infants
primarily of Eastern
European Jewish herit-
age. The testing will take
place at the Allentown
Jewish Community
Center.
The testing is being
sponsored by the Na-
tional Tay-Sachs and Al-
lied Diseases Association
of Delaware Valley,
through its Tay-Sachs
Prevention Program,
headquartered in
Philadelphia.
The Prevention Prog-
ram will send its Belle and
Sidney Baer Mobile Test-
ing Unit into the Allen-
town community. For the
past two years, this mobile
laboratory has travelled
throughout the Delaware
Valley and surrounding
areas, providing carrier
screening for over 15,000
persons.

The youth group mem-
bers, belonging to such
organizations as Jewish
Center Youth, Bnai Brith
Youth Organization and
United Synagogue
Youth, were selected for
the pilot project because
they have spent the last
several years learning
about and funds
for Tay-Sachs programs.
Up until now, teena-
gers have been tested
only for good cause — if
they were planning to be
married, for example.
"Ifs not that we didn't
want to test teenagers,"
said Mrs. Irvin Toren,
coordinator of the Allen-
town testing, "but we we-
ren't sure exactly _how
these youngsters would
react psychologically if
they indeed turned out to
be carriers of the Tay-
Sachs gene. These youth
group members, how-
ever, have been through
an intensive education
program regarding Tay-
Sachs, and probably
know more about the dis-
ease than many medical
personnel."
The youth group mem-
bers themselves re-
quested the testing and
are all enthusiastic about
the upcoming screening.
For this pilot program,
testing will be limited to
teenagers who are 16

Journalists to Meet in Israel

TEL AVIV (JTA) — A the Jewish continuity, the
world conference of struggle against the anti-
Jewish journalists from Semitism and the struggle
the Jewish and general for Jewish heritage, tradi-
press willtake place in tion and values, and the
status of Jewish jour-
usalem Jan. 11-14.
he decision to hold nalists.
this meeting was taken
The relationship bet-
by the World Federation
of Jewish Journalists in ween Israel and the
conjunction with the Diaspora will be the sub-
World Zionist Organiza- ject of a special session
tion, the Foreign Minis- during the conference, it
try, the World Jewish was decided. It was also
Congress and the gov- proposed to hold a sym-
posium on the Jewish
ernment tourist office.
At a meeting at Beth press and its role in con-
Sokolow, it was agreed temporary Jewish life at
that the conference would a special session to be
deal with such issues as held at the home of Presi-
the role of the Jewish dent Ephraim Katzir in
press in the struggle for Jerusalem.

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years of age or older.
Jewish adults from the
Lehigh Valley area are
also encouraged to be
screened at the Allen-
town testing. "Even if a
couple has completed
their family, it is impor-
ant that they be tested, as
the results could have
vital implications for
other family members
and for future genera-
tions," Mrs. Toren said.
(The fifth Tay-Sachs
screening program will
be held in the Detroit
area in October.)

There were still some
200 Britons in Uganda
last week, and, for their
sake, Crosland called for
"some restraint in lan-
guage."
Meanwhile, Jack Tul-
ley, one of two British
citizens reportedly ar-
rested as spies by sec-
urity police in .Uganda,
has been released and
seen "going about his
normal business,"
sources reported.

Tulley and Graham
Clegg were arrested last
week in the eastern
Uganda town of Soroti, ac-
cording to British and Ke-
nyan newspapers. They
said Clegg was taken first
and Tulley was arrested
when he went to the local
police station to inquire
about 'his friend.

Sources said Clegg is
believed still being held
in Kampala's Makinde
Prison. A spokesman for.
Uganda president' Idi
Amin has denied all
knowledge of the arrests.

Friday, August 6, 1976 15

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Tay-Sachs Baby
Causes Law Suit

NEW YORK — On a 3-2
decision, the New York
Appellate Division re-
versed a decision against
a Long Island doctor who
did not warn a pregnant
woman and her husband
that they might give
birth to a baby with Tay-
Sachs disease.
The couple's attorney
argued that the doctor,
knowing that both father
and mother were of East
European descent,
should have known that
the parents were poten-
tial carriers of the disease
and should have coun-
seled them to be tested.
If the presence of the
disease had been disco-
vered, the parents said,
the mother would have
had an abortion. The
baby died while an infant.
The Appellate Division
majority opinion said that
damages for emotional
suffering were "intangi-
ble, unmeasurable and
complex," and that grant-
ing of claims on such a
basis was an unwarranted
and dangerous extension
of malpractice liability .
The minority opinion
held that the mother
should be able' to recover
damages for her emo-
tional and mental an-
guish because it was di-
rectly caused by the
physician's breach of
duty.
The couple's attorney
said he would appeal the
decision.

HAYM SALOMON 1740-1785

Financier • Banker of the American ReN olution • Patriot

H

avm Salomon was a fervent- patriot
whose love Of liberty and business
acumen combined to make him the
financial hero in the War of Inde-
pendence. Born in Poland in 1740. he was
forced to flee that country in 1772. due to hk
fight for freedom. along with Pulaski and
Kosciusko \\ ho became military heroes of the
Revolution.

Salomon prospered from the very start in
America, doing business with wealthy loyalists
while joining the Sons of Liberty. a group of
revolutionan• patriots. He was twice arrested
by the British but managed to escape execution
both times: finally fleeing to Philadelphia.
Salomon's reputation for honesty and skill in
trade. especially- foreign, attracted Robert
Morris, then Superintendent of Finance. who
called on him for help in raising money to wage
the \var. and later to save the emerging nation
from- financial collapse. \lords . diary indicates
s\ritt..• 75 transactions were made by the two
men between August 1781 and April 1784.
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all the loans raked in France and Holland.
pledged his_personal faith and fortune for enor-
mous amounts. and personally advanced large
sums to such men as James Madison. Thomas
Jefferson, Baron Steuben, General St. Clair and
many other patriot leaders who testified that
without his aid they could not have carried on
the cause. -
Salomon's place in history is memorialized by
a 20-toot high statue standing at Wabash and
Wacker in Chicago. Unveiled in 1941, the
statue depicts three great Revolutionaries.
George Washington in the middle. flanked by
Robert Nforris and Having Salomon. It is a tell-
ing tribute to the Jewish-American patriot
h se life was dedicated to his family. friends
and country.

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