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February 25, 1977 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-02-25

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Friday, February 25, 1977 19


Breira Conference Criticizes Vance, srael, U.S. Jewish Press




WASHINGTON (JTA) secular democratic state
— The first national con- in all of Palestine.
Sheehan claimed that
ference of Breira last
weekend heard criti- Vance's view "looks like a
cism of Secretary of State dictat." He said there was
Cyrus R. Vance's position a "rough consensus"
on the Palestine Libera- among the Arab govern-
tion Organization. and ments in favor of an ag-
was told by an American reement with the PLO for
Jewish journalist that a "limited state solution"
the Jewish press in this of the Palestinian prob-
country avoids criticism lem.
He warned that a
and controversy on mat-
Palestinian state would
tens relating to Israel.
The four-day Breira be vulnerable "if it were
conference opened last hobbled by restrictions"
Saturday at the National and "it could be
4-H Center in Chevy Ch- radicalized." He thought
ase, Md., and ended Tues- that PLO acceptance "by
day. A Breira spokesman implication" of Security
said 260 persons were in Council Resolution 242
should be sufficient for its
It was addressed participation in Middle
aturday by Edward East peace talks.
Sheehan described Is-
heehan, a Harvard re-
earch Fellow wh6 has raeli settlements on the
written extensively on West Bank as an "out-
the Middle East, and rage" and warned that
Monday by Robert Cohn, "tensions are building up
editor of the St. Louis for Israelis" and "will be
Jewish Light and presi- impossible to bear." He
dent of•the American- also reiterated that
Jewish. Press Association. Arabs should have
Sheehan criticized sovereignty - over
Vance for calling for a Jerusalem.
Cohn said that "It is not
modification of the PLO
covenant before the U.S. up to the American-Jewish
will recognize that organi- community from afar to
zation as a partner in Mid- dictate terms to those who
dle East peace talks. The have to face Arab bullets"
PLO covenant calls for the and Arab propaganda "but
replacement of Israel by a there is no reason why the

pages of our newspapers
as well as our magazines
cannot deal with the vari-
ous options which might be
available to Israel as it
seeks the long-wanted
peace with its Arab
He stated that. "It is
hard to imagine, but some
of the very same Jewish
leaders who express out-
rage at the controlled
press in Moscow or Pek-
ing and _who defend the
rights of publishers in the
, general press in America,
are content with a Jewish
press which is even less
free to comment on.con-
troversy than the Peking
Peoples Daily."
Cohn said that on the
subject of Israel, the
American-Jewish press
"generally adhered to the
policy of after-the-fact
endorsement of the deci-
sion of the -ruling coali-
tion (in Israel) to-an even
greater extent than the
Jerusalem Post."
Cohn said that he be-
lieved that the aim of
Breira was "to provide a
forum for the intelligent
discussion of alterna-
tives" for Israel and, de-
plored "the over-reaction
of the Jewish establish-
ment to the existence and
activities of Breira."

U.S. Warns ILO on Withdrawal

— The Carter Adminis-
tration served notice on
the International - Labor
Organization last week
that it intends to sever re-
lationship with it next
November unless the
United Nations body de-
sists in its politicization
In an unusual action,
the State Department
volunteered a statement
reiterating the aspects of
the letter sent by the
Ford Administration to
the ILO Nov., 1975 giving
the required two-year
notice of withdrawal be-
cause of the trends within
the ILO. -
The letter said that the

American governmept arose in the annual con-
and its employer and ference in June, 1975, the
union representatives in American labor and em-
the ILO found the or- ployer representatives
ganization is turning left the room. Five
away from its basic pur- months later, the U.S.
poses that include com- gave formal notice of in-
mitment to free trade tention to withdraw.
unions and an open politi-
cal process.
Arabs Unhappy
While the Palestine Lib-
eration Organization was With EEC Policy
not specified in the letter,
U.S. officials at the time Arab spokesmen have
indicated that the ILO step begun to voice disap-
that precipitated Ameri- pointment over the fai-
can withdrawal notice was lure to change the Euro-
its granting the terrorist pean Economic Commun-
organization observer ity's (EEC) policy on the
Arab-Israel conflict at
The PLO, officials said, the ,EuroArab dialogue
has not trade unions or meeting in Tunis, earlier
employers and therefore this month.
not eligible to partici-
The Tunis newspaper,
U.S. Cities to Start is
Al-Am al, complained that
Aliya Committees
When a PLO speaker the dialogue had not
achieved -all the results
expected of it. An Alge-
Some. 1,500' Hadassah Israeli Wildlife
rian radio commentary
branches throughout the
regretted that the EEC
U.S. will soon set up local Topic- of Photos
NEW YORK (JTA) — had not adopted a more
aliya committees, World
Zionist Organization Graceful gazelles still pro-Palestinian position
Executive. chairman leap through the Galilee, and 'had failed to reach a
Yosef Almogi told the the ibex continues to preferential agreement
Zionist Executive.
climb up the cliffs of Ein on trade with all the Arab
He said that at the Gedi, a family of flurry League countries.
These criticisms have
same time, six new aliya conies findsrefuge under
centers will open in major a large rock and brilliant been quickly echoed by
American cities, in addi- red anemones bloom the Soviet Union._, In a
broadcast to the Arab
tion to a large-scale pil- freely over Mt. Hermon.
grimage to Israel project
These are some of the world, Moscow Radio
that was decided on in examples of wildlife from said: "The (nine) EEC
biblical times still extant countries are doing ev-
The pilgrimage project in Israel and documented erything to take the for-
will be carried out in coop- in an exhibition of 42 color - mal recognition of the
eration with the New York photographk by Gail PLO off the agenda."
The full communique
Board of Rabbis.
Rubin now on view at The
Avraham Shenker, Jewish Museum through issued in Tunis after the
two-day conference re-
head of the WZO organi- April 24.
zation and information
The photographs are flected the decision by the
department, reported at each accompanied by a EEC Foreign -Ministers
the Zionist Executive biblical quotation citing at their London meeting
session that a "member- reference to its subject. the previous week that
ship project" has been Ms. Rubin, whose work there shoilld be no inde-
launched world-wide in has appeared in various pendent appeal for re-
order to enlarge the magazines, was recently convening the Geneva
ranks of the Zionist in Israel on the photo- conference ann no formal
movement iri preparation graphic expedition re- acknowledgement of the
for the 29th Zionist Con- sponsible for the exhibi- Palestine Liberation Or-
ganization. _


The Breira conference
was picketed by a group of
militant Jewish youths,
some of whom entered the
lobby of the 4-H Center
shouting "There is no
Palestine" and "Am Yis-
rael Hai."
Tables were over-
turned and Breira leaf-
lets were strewn on the
floor along with leaflets
brought by the de-

UJA Lauds Towns
for Aid to Israel

The small community po-
tential in earring out the
United Jewish Appeal
campaign effort was
stressed by. several
speakers at a UJA reg-
ional conference in
Springfield, Ill.
Irving Bernstein, UJA
executive vice chairman,
declared: "There is a rich
resource in this country.
Thousands upon
thousands of Jewish
families living-in com-
munities such as yours.
Like the border towns of
Israel, small cities in
America are outposts of
Jewish survival. United
small, communities -repre-
sent vast campaign and
human power and can be
a vital force for raising
funds and for responding
to critical needs."
Bernstein, noting that
the strain and sacrifices
of the people of ISrael are
greater than they have
ever been, said: "Total
support from America's.
heartland is a critical
element in the UJA
lifeline to Jews the world
over. We must organize
until every single Jew in
America is with us."
Ehud. Avrie7, Consul
General of Israel for the
Midwest, stressed the
importance of solidarity
with the people of Israel.

monstrators that in-
cluded some attributed to
the Jewish Defense
The demonstrators left
the building when
Montgomery County
police arrived but con-
tinued outside to picket
and shout slogans for
about two hours. There
were no arrests and no in-
juries were reported.


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