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August 06, 1976 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-08-06

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16 Friday, August 6, 1916


Mexico Consulate in Philly Picketed

(JTA) — Some two dozen
members of a newly
formed local Jewish
grass-roots activist coali-
tion, Pa'eel, picketed the
Mexican Consulate here
last week to protest
against Mexico's continu-
ing anti-Israel policies.
The demonstrators
carried large posters,
reading: "Betrayed by
Mexico," "Mexico Favors
Amin and Terrorists,"
"Eliminate Mexican


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nounces Israeli Action in
Uganda" and "Tan-in Tel
Dr. Ronald Banner,
spokesman for Pa'eel,
said "We want a travel
ban on Mexico to con-
tinue until there's visible,
tangible proof for Israel
that Mexico will change
its policy."
Banner, an internist at
Einstein Medical Center,
organized the new or-
ganization which has
been meeting since April
to "seek a firmer posture
on issues affecting Israel
and the local Jewish
community, through re-
sponsible action."

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U.S• Reactor Sale to Egypt, Israel Reported Incomplete

— "Identical" agree-
ments for the sale by the
United States of two nuc-
lear reactors to Egypt
and another pair to Israel
are not yet completed,
but this will take place
"in the near future," The
Ford Administration dis-
closed Monday. Uncer-
tainty, however, con-
tinued to prevail among
some key members of
Congress on the wisdom
of the sales.
after a two-hour closed-
door session on the sub-
ject with the Senate
Foreign Relations Com-
mittee, Assistant Secret-
ary of State for Near
Eastern Affairs Alfred
Atherton said he brought
the Senators "up to date
on the negotiations".
Atherton said that
President Ford has not
yet seen the agreements
which were initiated by
President Nixon during
his visit to the Middle
East in 1974. Shortly

Two Israelis Die
in Beach Mishap

Two summer camp in-
structors drowned early
last week as they and
eight other campers were
caught in the stormy sea
off the coast of Ashkelon
during a pre-dawn swim.
The tragedy occurred
at the conclusion of a pic-
nic that marked the end
of the summer camp.
According to reports,
some 40 camp instructors
ranging in ages from 17 to
23 -decided to celebrate
the end of the region's
children summer camp
with a picnic at the Ash-
kelon National Park.
After dancing and sing-
ing and holding a bar-
beque, 10 instructors de-
cided to take a swim in
the nearby sea. Not
realizing that the sea was
stormy, they dived in and
were soon covered by six-
foot waves.
Two managed to swim
back to shore and called
for help. The others con-
tinued to struggle in the
raging sea. Police, fire-.
men and dock workers
rushed to the scene and
managed to save all but
two instructors who
were washed ashore la-
ter. They were pro-
nounced dead at a local


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after Atherton's com-
ments, a State Depart-
ment spokesman said the
agreement with Israel is
"substantially" com-
pleted while Egypt con-
tinues to deliberate.
There were indications
that Cairo is waiting for
Israel's approval before
committing itself.
Atherton said that one
of the principal factors in
the negotiations are
safeguards for the preven-
tion of proliferation of
materials that could be
used in manufacturing
atomic weapons. He prom-
ised that how the U.S. can
enforce safeguards "will
be thoroughly aired at the
time of the publication of
the agreements."
Atherton's briefing
seemed to indicate that
the administration is
preparing the ground for
certain approval by Con-
gress once the agree-
ments are submitted.
HoWever, three factors
seemed to stand in the
way of quick approval.
One is that the present
Congress may not have
time to study the subject.
It has decided to adjourn
Oct. 2 because of the na-
tional elections a month

later with all House
seats, and a third of the
Senate's up for election,
besides the Presidency.
In addition, after the
White House submits the
agreements, Congress
has 60 clays to consider it.
That would take the mea-
sure beyond Oct: 2.
A second factor is the
degree of concern Israel
has expressed on the sale
to Egypt. Sen. Charles
Percy (R-I11.) who at
tended the briefing, said
"my concern is Israel's
concern about Egypt hav-
ing the capability" to
produce atomic weapons.
Percy said later that he
was "not satisfied at all
with the safeguards."
Sen. Stuart Symington
(D--Mo.), who is retiring
from the Senate this year
after long service on both
the Senate Foreign Rela-
tions and Armed Services
Committees, flatly op-
poses the sale to Egypt.
Symington's amend-
ment to the foreign aid
legislation signed into
law in June specifies that
the U.S. must cut off
military and economic
assistance to any country
that receives or delivers
plutonium enriched


uranium for bombmaking
to another country. Legal
experts at the capital said
that amendment would
not apply to the sale of
reactors as such.
Israeli sources said
that the Israeli govern-
ment is prepared to sign
its agreement with the
U.S. because as far as Is-
rael is concerned "no
problems" stand in the
way of its completion. The
agreement, these sources
said, does not include any
inspection by American
or other foreign nationals
of the atomic plants in
operation now in Israel.
This was said to have
been a stumbling block
the U.S. effort to get 13(
Egypt and Israel to si,
"identical" agreements.
Egypt was reported to
have held out for inspec-
tion of all nuclear plants in
Israel regardless of their
origin. The Israeli sources
said that Israel is not jeal-
ous of what Egypt gets and
Egypt should not be jeal-
ous of what Israel gets.
The Israel-U.S. agree-
ment is "a thing apart''
from Israel's present re-
sources in nuclear ener-
gy, the sources said.

Concern Grows Over U.S.-PLO Ties

— Concern is widening
and deepening here over
the new and developing
relationship between the
United States and Pales-
tine Liberation Organi-
zation leadership in
Lebanon and the path in
the Middle East political
situation to which it may
be leading.
Only a week ago the
State Department was
saying that the U.S. was
having no direct contact
with the PLO.
Then, as the sea evacu-
ation of 300 Americans
and other foreign nations
was underway, disclosure
came that direct contact
had been taking place for
"some time." Shortly af-
terward "some time" was
reported as meaning they
had begun in late June.
Last Friday, the depart-
ment revealed the PLO
has been supplying
armed escorts for Ameri-
can personnel in Beirut.
At present three dip-
lomats and 12 Marines are
understood to have re-
mained in the American
Embassj' in a war-torn
area of West Beirut which
is largely under PLO con-
trol. However, the Moslem
Lebanese who are allied
with the PLO are in the
immediate 'vicinity of the
embassy itself. The
Marines guard the em-
bassy building.
Questions raised by re-
porters at increasingly
bitter and heated brief-
ings with State Depart-
ment spokesmen over
what some charged as
piecemeal disclosure of
information include
whether the remaining
Americans are "hos-
tages" of the PLO, what
the PLO has received in
return for its "coopera-
tion" and what commit-
ment' the U:S. may -have

made to the PLO regard-
ing future developments.
"Is the PLO doing this
out of the goodness of its
heart?" a reporter asked.
The department prom-
ised to provide an answer
to the question.
On the public record
the State Department in-
sists no change has taken
place in its policy toward
the PLO. Until last
week's disclosure this has
been assumed to be that
the U.S. will not have any
dealings with the PLO
until it recognizes Israel
as a sovereign state and
abides by United Nations
Security Council Resolu-
tions 242 and 336.
Israel has pitched a
low-key concern about the
U.S.-PLO contacts out of
consideration of Wash-
ington's need to evacuate
Americans from a situa-
tion where the U.S. gov-
ernment no longer could
protect them.
Department spokes-
man Robert. Funseth de-
nied categorically that
any writing had passed
between the U.S. and the
PLO in any form between

any officials: When asked
whether the U.S. "still
considered the PLO a ter-
rorist organization,"
Funseth replied he did
not know if that is the
The spokesman em-
phasized that the con-
tacts with the PLO relate
to "security matters and
that remains the case."
Funseth said that the
U.S. has "demanded" from
the PLO that the murder-
ers of American Ambas-
sador Francis Malloy, em-
bassy officer Robert War-
ing and their Lebanese
driver June 15 be brought
to justice. He said the U.S.
has been working through
intermediaries and di-
rectly with the PLO as well
as Lebanese parties to
find out what we can about
the circumstances of their
deaths and the identity of
the murderers."
Funseth, asked by a re-
porter, "if the danger is
not with the PLO why is
there a need for PLO es-
corts," replied that this
was a determination for
the security officer at the

Teenage Maccabia Slated' Next Week

The first Summer Mac-
cabia invblvinc, teena-
gers from Jewish camps
in the northeast United
States is scheduled for
Monday 'through Wed-
nesday-at the New Jersey
`Y' Camps, Lake Como,
Pa., it was announced by
the American Zionist
Youth Foundation, which
is sponsoring the Mac-
This Jewish Olympics
will bring togeth6r cam-
pers representing a wide
spectrum of Jewish in-
stitutions. It will have
equal representation
from both the Zionist.

movement camps and
private and public Jewish
camps in the area.
The Maccabia is (71— %
signed to provide the f.
ticipating campers 1,vitira
unique educational ex-
perience by giving each
camp the -opportunity to
learn about others and
thus help gain a better
understanding of what
the Jewish world encom-
The program itself is
highlighted by an open-
ing ceremony which will
include a memorial com-
memoration - for the 11
slain Israeli athletes of
the Munich Olympics.

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