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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-03-04

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8 Friday,- March 4, 1977

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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Israeli Arabs Allowed in Jordan



.JERUSALEM (JTA) —
The first group of Israeli
Arabs ever admitted into
Jordan was received by
King Hussein in Amman
last week to express con-
dolences over the death of
Queen Alia in a-helicopter

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The group consists of 28
Moslems and three Chris-
tian Arabs from Haifa
and Acre, headed by Kadi
(religious court judge)
Mohammed Hubeishi.
Many of them are prom-
inent in the civil and re-
ligious life of Israel's
Arab _community. They
visited the Royal Palace
with other condolence
missions from the West
Bank. Until now, Jordan
has refused entry to
Arabs who are citizens of
Israel, though West Bank
and Gaza Strip Arabs are
freely admitted.
Jordanian television re-
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with the king and quoted
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pride at the "strong stand-
ing of the Arabs of Israel."
The announcer did not
mention the fact that the
visitors were from Israel
but identified them'as a de-
legation from "Haifa and
Acre." He did not quote
their remarks to the king.
The mission was in-
itiated and arranged by
Suhel Shukri, son of a
former Mayor of Haifa.
But until the last moment
it was uncertain whether
the Jordani an authorities
would permit them to
cross the Allenby Bridge.
When permission was
finally granted, emotions
ran high and the group
was accompanied to the
bridge by a throng of rela- _
tives and friends.
Jordanian officials
greeted them "In the
name of the king and the
people." Hubeishi told re-
porters at the bridge that
he hoped the visit pro-
tended a significant
change in relations with
Jordan that would lead to
future contacts.
Israeli observers also
expressed hope that the
liberalized policy in
Amman would soon allow
Israeli Arabs to make the-
religious pilgrimage to
Mecca via the Jordan
River bridges.

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MISSIONARY AGGRESSION: Millions of dollars
are now being spent by missionary groups on an inten-
sified campaign to win Jewish youths of high school
and college age to Christianity.
Contrary to conversion methods used by mis-
sionaries years ago, the proselytizing organizations of
today are Using "modern" methods. They don't preach
giving up Jewishness. On the contrary, they urge to
maintain Jewish religious traditions: All they ask
from the Jewish youngsters is to be "full Jews" — to
"complement" their Jewishness with the belief that
Messiah will bring permanent peace to the world, and
that the Messiah is Jesus..
Some of the missionary organizations conduct
their campaigns openly under the slogan "Jews for
Jesus," but others camouflage their operations by car-
rying Hebrew-sounding names. One such group sells
itself under the name "Bnai Yeshua" speculating on
the fact that many Jews do not know that the Hebrew
version of Jesus is Yeshua. Another group changed its
name from "Hebrew Christian Alliance" to the
Jewish-sounding name "Messianic Jewish Alliance."
There is even a missionary organization carrying the
name "Friends of Israel." It is strongly pro-Israel in
its publications, condemns openly the United Nations
for its anti-Israel resolutions, and advocates the re-
tention of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state.
"MESSIANIC-SYNAGOGUES:" Some of the mis-
sionary organizations do not call their prayer-houses
"churches"; they call them "Beth Messiah
Synagogues." Their members conduct services with
Jewish prayer books, carry yarmulkes, pray in
taleisim and even in tefilin. The "Messianic
Synagogues" are decorated with Hebrew artifacts,
maintain Bar Mitzva clas-ses and kindergartens. They
conduct emotionally-impressive "Havdala" cere-
monies on Saturday evenings with Hebrew songs, at-
tracting literally hundreds of Jewish youngsters who
never witnessed an Havdala ceremony either in a
synagogue or in their homes.
.
The latest move by some missionary organiza-
tions is the establishment of "coffee-houses" open to
Jewish youths and adolescents. "Friendly chats" and
entertainment are part of the program in these
"coffee-houses, / ' where propaganda is done in a very
subtle manner in an atmosphere of friendship. The
growth of the number of these "coffee-houses," and
the growing popularity of the missionary Havdala
ceremonies are now provoking great concern by many
Jewish parents, local Jewish community leaders, rab-
bis and national Jewish organizations.
JEWISH MONITORING: The National Jewish
Community Relations Advisory Council is monitoring
the "Messianic" activities of the missionary groups.
However, none of the interested Jewish groups has
succeeded so far to 'establish from where the huge
fu'nds for the intensified missionary work comes.
Jewish organizations are now _beginning to pay
more attention to the need of counteracting the am-
bitious attempts of the missionary organizations to
"capture" the Jewishly-uneducated Jewish youth
through all kinds of tricks. Leading in the counterac-
tion programs is the Board' of Jewish Education of
Greater New York. The BJE has established a special
"Priority One" project — headed by its editor Gershon
Winkler — to actively help the Jewish community in
combatting the missionary efforts.
"Priority One" concentrates on programming
Jewish coffee-houses for youngsters to compete with
the "Messianic" coffee-houses. It also concentrates on
public information. It involves Parent-Teachers As-
sociations in arranging counter-missionary programs
for parents and children in their schools. At the same
time, the Board of Jewish Education emphasizes that
the best answer to the increased missionary move-
ment is the strengthening of Jewish identification at
home.

Disco in Synagogue Basement

GENEVA (JTA) — The
basement in the new and
luxurious Hechal-Hanes
(Palace of Miracle)
Synagogue here has been
transformed into a lively
discotheque replete with
dim lights, comfortable
arm chairs and the latest
dance records. There is
even a bar providing soft
drinks and snacks.
The Jewish community
,decided to utilize the

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which, except for the
holidays, was not used.
The feeling was that by
opening a discotheque
which would also function
as a social club, young
Jewish boys and girls
would have a place to
meet, fall in love and
marry.

Apparently it worked.
Several young people who
met at the discotheque

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