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Begin Approves Plan for. Foreign
Ministers' Conference in the U.S.
Cabinet Ponders Villagers'
30-Year Quest to Resettle
JERUSALEM (JTA)—A four-member ministerial committee, was
named by the Cabinet to study the possibility of repatriating some 200
Christian Arabs to the sites of Ikrit and Biram, their former villages
near the Lebanese border and to report to Premier Menahem Begin as
soon as possible. Begin said last Friday that he personally favored the
return but stressed that the final decision rested with the government.
The committee, headed by Minister of Agriculture Ariel Sharon, con-
sists of Housing Minister Gideon Patt, Minister of Commerce Yigael
Hurwitz and Religious Affairs Minister Aharon Abu Hatzeira. Patt, a
member of Likud's Liberal Party wing, and Abu Hatzerira of the Na-
tional Religious Party are known to sympathize with the villager's
long-standing appeal for repatriation. Hurwitz, who represents the
State List (La'am) faction in Likud, is opposed. Observers believe that
the committee's recommendations will depend largely on the attitude
of Sharon who has not yet expressed himself publicly on the issue.
Ikrit and Biram were evacuated for security reasons during Israel's
War of Independence in 1948. The army reportedly promised the villa-
gers they would be returned within two weeks. But nearly 30 years
have elapsed and successive Labor governments have refused to repat-
riate them on grounds that the original security situation still prevails.
Both villages were razed by the army in the late 1950s and the villa-
gers, members of the Maronite and Greek Catholic communities, were
re-settled in other Arab Christian towns.
They never abandoned hope of returning. however, and claim that
Likud leaders promised them repatriation once Likud came into
power. Likud circles said they knew of no such promise but were will z
ing to look into the matter.
The Labor Alignment, officially. remains adamant against repatria-
tion but is sharply split over the issue. A meeting of the Labor Central
-Committee decided over the weekend to instruct the party's Knesset
faction to vote against the villagers' return.
But only a few of the Committee's 701 members attended and Labor
MK Yossi Sarid has demanded another vote. Labor's Alignment part-
ner. Mapam, has indicated that it would support repatriation.
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JERUSALEM(JTA)—Premier Menahem Begin said Wednesday that he welcomed proposals
for a preliminary meeting of Middle East foreign ministers under American auspices this fall
"to prepare the ground" for reconvening the Geneva Conference.
The proposal was unveiled by President Anwar Sadat of Egypt at a press conference in
Alexandria on Tuesday following two days of talks with U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance.
The Egyptian leader reportedly rejected certain American proposals regarding the nature of a
Middle East peace and the pace of Israeli withdrawal from occupied Arab territories.
Begin, interviewed by Israel Radio, described the idea of a foreign ministers' meeting as
"very constructive." He said that he had, in fact, made the very same suggestion during his
visit to Washington last month but would not criticize Sadat for claiming credit. Now that Sadat
has agreed that Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi and Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe
Dayan would sit at the same table, "This is something to welcome," Begin said.
Sadat's idea was accepted by Vance who appeared with the Egyptian president at their
televised news conference. Vance said he would try to persuade Syria, Jordan and Israel to
join Egypt in a working group that would meet under his auspices in Washington and New
York next month. Vance indicated that the task of these meetings would be to remove the
obstacles to the Geneva Conference.
The most formidable of these appears to be Palestinian representation. Israel has cate-
gorically rejected PLO participation in any peace talks. Sadat _said he had alternatives in
mind to deal with this issue, disclosed that during his talks with Vance he received a message
from PLO chief Yasir Arafat reminding the Arab states that they had agreed at their 1974
summit meeting in Rabat that the PLO was the sole legitimate representative of the
Palestinian people. The PLO executive committee, meeting in Beirut Monday night, issued a
statement demanding independent representation for their group at all Arab and international
levels dealing with the Middle East and the Palestinian issue.
The proposed meeting of foreign ministers would by its very nature exclude the PLO since it
would be limited to sovereign states. Observers - here and abroad said that chances for such a
meeting hinged on its acceptance by Syria. Vance flew to Damascus Wednesday after a brief
stopover at Beirut for a meeting with President Elias Sarkis of Lebanon.
The idea of preliminary talks to work out the basis of a peace agreement to be reached at
Geneva originated with_Secretary of State Llenry Kissinger during his Middle East diplomatic
efforts in 1975. Begin's "peace plan," which he presented to President Carter at their White
House meetings July 19-20 and later made public in-part, suggested three alter-
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Sinai Purchases Advanced X-ray With $500,000 Gift
Sinai Hospital of Detroit has acquired a revolutionary x-ray scanner which will enable
medical personnel to locate and diagnose many abnormalities of the brain and other
organs of the body which have. until now, requiredexploratory surgery.
The new device, called a Computed Tomographic (CT) Scanner. was acquired by Sinai
Hospital through a S500.000 gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Zell.
"The Zells' generous donation has. enabled Sinai Hospital to have probably the most im-
portant piece of diagnostic radiology equipment developed since the discovery of the x-
ray at the beginning of this
century." said Dr. Maurice Ta-
telman, chairman of Sinai's
Department of Radiology.
"It is certain that the addi-
tion of the CT/ Scanner will
place us in the forefront of our
field and will add significantly
to the already extensive diag-
nostic capabilities available at
Sinai," Dr. Tatelman added.
He explained that the CT
scanning process is completely
painless, takes about 30 min-
utes and delivers to the patient
a radiation dose no greater than
in conventional x-ray pro-
cedures. The process was de-
veloped in 1972 by a British
Shown at the ceremonies in which Mr. and Mrs. Rob- firm following space-age ad-
ert M. Zell presented Sinai Hospital officials with a vances in electronics, physics
$500,000 check to purchase the new Computed Tomogra- and computer technology.
CT scanning is based on the
phic Scanner are, from left, Dr. Julien Priver, execu-
tive vice president of the hospital; Sol Eisenberg, Sinai recording of a large number of
president; Dr. Maurice Tatelman, chairman of Sinai's measurements of radiation
sent through a thin section of
radiology department; Sinai vice president Alfred L.
the head or body with the x-
Deutsch; and Zell. Mrs. Zell is seated.
ray beam crossing the area from many angles. The effects of the beam are read by sever-
al detectors and the information is stored in a computer.
the resulting bank of information would take a team of mathematicians days or even
weeks to interpret, according to Dr. Tatelman. But the computer takes. only seconds to
evaluate the data, deduce the location of the abnormality and display it as one might ex-
amine the face of a thin slice of bread. Various abnormalities which may by impossible
to distinguish on conventional x-ray film are clearly seen.
The results of a CT scan
may eliminate surgical pro-
cedures, which are sometimes
painful and not without risk
for the patient. At one major
teaching hospital. exploratory
surgeries were reduced by
more than 25 percent after a
scanning was introduced.
Dr. Julien Priver. Sinai's ex-
ecutive vice president, accept-
ed the gift on behalf of the hos-
pital and . the administrative
staff. "We have looked for-
ward to the installation of the
CT scanner. We are very grate-
ful to the Zells because they
provided the financial support
for this project," Dr. Priver
Zell is on the Board of Direc-
Workmen are shown bringing Sinai Hospital's new x-
tors of the Jewish Welfare Fed-
eration and is a director of the ray scanner through the Fisher Pavillion entrance of
Jewish Vocational Service and the hospital. The 4,000 pound scanner will greatly en-
hance the hospital's diagnostic capabilities.