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June 24, 1977 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-06-24

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14 Friday, June 24, 1977

American and Israeli Leaders o Be at Zionist Convention in Israel




NEW YORK—An illustri-
ous group of American and
Israeli leaders will address
the 80th national convention
of the Zionist Organization
of America when it takes
place in Israel, July 6-13th.
The ZOA, which was es-

tablished in 1897, following
the First World Zionist Con-
gress in Basle, Switzerland,
has over 120,000 members.

Speakers who will ad-
dress the Convention are:
Menahem Begin, the new


Prime Minister of Israel;
Prof. Ephraim Katzir, Pres-
ident of the state of Israel;
Golda Meir, former Prime
Minister of Israel; United
States Senator Robert J.
Dole, Republican from
Kansas and former candi-

date for the office of Vice
President; Israel Gen. Mor-
dechai Gur, chief-of-staff;
Rabbi Joseph P. Sternstein,
president of the ZOA and
Jacques Tordzyner, chair-
man of the national conven-
tion committee.

Restricted Life for Syria's Jews Continues

Syria maintains a state of
war with Israel. The Syrian
-Jews are isolated from
TEL AVIV — It is not world Jewry. One foreign
easy to get news in Israel journalist, who visted Syria
about the situation of the recently and had the op-
portunity to meet Jews in
Syrian Jews.


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Syria, told us that the 4,000
Jews in Syria are not threat-
ened with annihilation.
But they are not allowed
to travel abroad. Only old
people, who leave their chil-
dren in Syria and pay a
high ransom as a guarantee
of returning can travel
The Syrian authoriltites
have cancelled sosipp dis-
criminations aga4i Jews,
who are now allowed to
study in universities and
work as professionals, like
physicians, lawyers and en-
The journalist told us that
the Syrian Jews he met
talked without fear. He vis-
ited the Jewish ghetto and
met Jewish artisans and
"small merchants who sell
their goods to Palestinian
refugees. There is a special
school in the ghetto for chil-
dren of those refugees.
The taxi-driver who drove
the journalist to the Jewish
quarters refused to drive
into the ghetto. The journal-
ist first entered the home of
a Jewish family whc has

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France. The parents wish
to see their children, but
they haven't the $5,500
which the Syrian author-
ities demand for granting
them exit-permits.
A Jewish student told the
journalist that 30 Jewish stu-
dents are studying in the
University of Damascus.
They — including two girls
— study medicine and phar-
macology. There is no anti-
Semitism felt in the univer-
sity. When the Palestinian
refugees attack Jews, the
Syrian police intervene im-
There are still 12 syna-
gogues in Damascus. On
Saturdays and holidays
they are filled. There are
two rabbis. One of them is
only 29 years old. When the
journalist visited the Mu-
seum of Damascus, the
manager pointed out proud-
ly a picture of one of the
oldest synagogues in Syria.
Jews are allowed to prac-
tice their religion without
any interference. They are
accepted as government of-
ficials but are barred from
high office in the govern-
ment and in the army. For-
eign diplomats say the Syr-
ian authorities still suspect
the Jews as allies of Israel.
When there are clashes be-
tween the Syrian and the Is-
raeli Armies, the Syrian
Jews are the first victims.
We heard also a report
from the former Israeli am-
bassador in France, Jacob
Yzur, who is dealing with
the Jews in Arab countries.
He held talks in France re-
cently about the situation of
Jews in Syria. He tried es-
pecially to get exit-permits
for 520 Jewish girls who
have no chance to marry in
Syria. Influential people in
France promised to inter-
vene with the Syrian author-
ities on this matter.


The theme of the conven-
tion is "Israel and World
Jewry—A Common Des-

The Zionist Organization
of Detroit will be represent-
ed at the convention by Mr.


and Mrs. Carmi M. Slomov-
itz, Dr. and Mrs. Edward
Treisman, Mr. and Mrs.
Aubrey Gealer, Dr. and
Mrs. Louis Kazdan, Dr. Les-
ter Zeff and Mr. and Mrs.
Menachim Glaser.

Israel Supporters Have Mixed
Reaction to Mondale M.E. Talk

Pro-Israeli sources here re-
acted with both negative
and positive evaluations to
a moajor speech on the
Middle East in San Fran-
cisco by Vice President Wal-
ter Mondale.
Mondale said the Carter
Administration believes Is-
rael should not be asked to
withdraw from occupied
Arab areas without obtain-
ing "real peace" from the
Arab states.
But Mondale said Israel's
security would be enhanced
if, as part of a general set-
tlement, it agreed to return
to "approximately" the
1967 borders, but with the
"understanding" it would
be shielded by special
"security lines" until it was
evident permanent peace
was in place.
Speaking to the World Af-
fairs Council of Northern
California, Mondale said
the Palestinian Arabs
should have the chance "to
shed their status as home-
less refugees," possible
through creation of a Pales-
tinian homeland or "entity"
which the United States
would prefer to be associ-
ated with or linked to Jor-
dan. But he added that the
United States would not im-
pose its wishes for that pos-
sibility. He also stressed
that "we do not intend to
use our military aid as pres-
sure on Israel" and that
"there must be a willing-
ness on the part of the Pa-
lestinians to live in peace
alongside Israel."
Mondale also emphasized
that it was United States
policy to make clear that
by "real peace" the United
States meant open borders,
unimpeded travel, cultural
exchanges and trade.
One strong endorsement
of the Mondale speech
came from Sen. Abraham
Ribicoff (D.-Conn. ), a
staunch supporter of Israel,
Hungarians Appeal who
read parts of the Mon-
(JTA)— dale speech on the Senate
Leaders of the Hungarian floor and praised it warm-
Jewish community ly. Ribicoff said "I have
launched an , appeal to Jew- the utmost faith and con-
ish parents to enroll their fidence in President Carter
children in Budapest's only and I support his objectives
Jewish high school, because in the Middle East."
The net effect of the Mon-
unless more students attend
the school will have to dale speech, following on
President Carter's own

statements to reassure
American Jews, was re-
garded by many observers
here as somewhat dis-
appointing but nevertheless,
clearly supportive of contin-
ued United States backing
for Israel without affecting
the advances made by the
United States with Arab
Meanwhile, in Paris, So-
viet President Leonid Brezh-
`hey said that both the So-
viet Union and the United
St4tes favored reconvening
the Geneva conference on
Mitidle East peace this fall
and that it should not be de-
lay4i because a new govern-
men: has taken office in Is-
He said it would be non-
sense to postpone the confer-
ence every time a Middle
EastAgovernment held a
general election.
Brezhnev made his re-
marks at a meeting with
President Valery Giscard
O'Estaing at Rambouillet
Castle where he is staying
during his two-day state vis-
it to France.
In New, York, Shmuel
Katz, the Begin's personal
emissary to - the United
States,: said that when
Begin comes to Washington
next month he will try to
persuade President Carter
to change his policy-on the
requirements for a settle:
ment in the Middle East.
Addressing a press lunch-
eon at the American Jewish
Committee headquarters
here, Katz said that the em-
phasis of the Begin govern-
ment will be on face-to-fac
negotiations with the Arabs: -
He said that President
Carter's statement on Is-
raeli withdrawals to the
1967 borders with minor ad-
justments and his call for a
Palestinian homeland are
not acceptable to the Likud-
led government.
Katz said thet Begin will
respect and abide by the in-
ternational obligations un-
dertaken by the previous Is-
raeli government. He said
that Israel is prepared to
follow United Nations Secu-
rity Council Resolution 242
but "we do not feel we
should make promises or
concessions" before the
process of negotiations

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