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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-08-05

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Anti-Zionist Activities on British Campuses on Increase

(JTA)—The
LONDON
city of York is infamous in
Jewish history because it
was there in 1190, that the
entire Jewish community
committed suicide in the
castle, Masada-style, rather
than be massacred by a
howling mob.
In 1977, York once more
became a source of anxiety
for English Jewry when an-
incredulous community
heard that the small Jewish
Students Society at the
city's university was being
expelled by the main stu-
dents union because of the
claim that Zionism was rac-
ist.
The affair caused concern
the Board of Deputies of
Writish Jews and, while
aware that this was "only"
a matter of student politics,
and that life and limb were
not at stake, one or two
speakers referred to the ear-
lier painful Jewish associ-
ations with that northern
city.
However, communal and
student leaders have drawn
comfort from the steadfast
and energetic manner in
which committed Jewish
students are standing up for
themselves. There is a feel-
ing, too, that the anti-Zion-
ist campaigners have over-
played their hands and are
alienating growing numbers
of non-Jewish students.
The affair hit the national

headlines, and the York Stu-
dents Union was quickly
shamed into reversing its
expulsion of the Jewish so-
ciety, but not before the
vice chancellor of the uni-
versity had threatened to in-
tervene. However, the.
events at York were only
one episode in a wave of
anti-Zionist agitation, which
has swept British campuses
over the past year, and
which threatens to grow
stronger.
In a research report is-
sued here, the Institute for
Jewish Affairs notes that
only about 20 percent of
Britain's 650,000 university
and college students are po-
litically active and of these
only a minority have a spe-
cial interest in the Middle
East.
The debate about the
Middle East in the univer-
sities has boiled down
mainly • to a pro-Palestine
Liberation Organization and
anti-PLO confrontation,
thus giving rise to the ex-
treme statements about Is-
rael and Zionism.
There are some 15,000
Arab and between 9,000 and
12,000 Jewish students on
the campuses. While most
Arabs are members of an
Arab student society, only
about 3,000 of the Jews be-
long to the ...lion of Jewish
Students.
For some years now,

anti-Zionist groups, such as
the British Anti-Zionist Or-
ganization (BAZO) and the
General Union of Palesti-
nian Students (GUPS) have
been agitating for an anti-
Zionist resolution through
the national conference of
the generally moderate Na-
tional Union of Students
(NUS).
NUS is currently the only
national students union in
Europe without any policy
on the Mitidle East and at a
meeting of all the European
unions in Nicosia- in Janu-
ary, 1977, the NUS used its
veto to prevent a pro-Pales-
tinian motion from being
carried. In the last year,
however, the anti-Zionist
campaign has gathered mo-
mentum, to the growing dis-
comfiture of the NUS lead-
ership.
In the last two terms
alone, anti-Zionist resolu-
tions were debated in 21 stu-
dent unions throughout the
country. The anti-Zionist
move was successful at 11
campuses, and failed at
seven. At two universities,
Jewish societies took out
writs against the local stu-
dent unions after attempts
to deny them access to the
unions' normal facilities.
In their anti-Zionist cru-
sade, the PLO supporters
exploit a resolution carried
at the National Union of Stu-

Device Measures Cosmeti c Efficiency

JERUSALEM—An in-
strument developed by a
Hebrew University re-
search team can tell how
useful facial cream is to
the skin. -
The instrument measures-
the amount of hydration -in
living skin and may also be
used for testing skin elasti-
city. says Prof. Shabtay
Dikstein, ,associate profes-
sor of applied pharma-
cology. who headed the
team which built the in-
strument.
It is based on the prin-

ciple of measuring the
depth of indentation caused
by a standard weight and
the velocity of the skin's re-
bOunce thereafter. The in-
strument is sensitive to
changes of 1/100 of a mil-
limeter.
Prof. Dikstein said he
hopes that a simplified ver-
sion can be built at a cost
of a few hundred dollars. In
that case it could become a
regular tool for cosmetic
firms for on-the-spot testing
of how customers react to
various preparation.

Long-Lasting Tomatoes
Sought by Hebrew U. Team

Crops Department have for
JERUSALEM—New vari-
several years been breed-
eties of eating tomatoes
which stay firm and fresh-R ing tomatoes for resistance
to disease and for high
twice as long as those cur-
yields.
rently on the market in the
U.S. and Europe. have been
About two years ago they
developed by scientists at
began a. comprehensive re-
the Hebrew University Fac- search project aimed at de-
ulty of Agriculture in Reho-
veloping strains with long-
vot.
lasting properties. They test-
The tomatoes. cultivated
ed dozens of solid tomato.
by a research team headed
varieties in Israel and
by Prof. Nachum Kedar
abroad and crossbred them
and including Ehud Kopelw-
with the traditional edible
itz. are unusually solid, and
varieties. Hundreds of com-
will give a decided boost to
binations were examined,
srael's export of eating to-
and 10 were chosen as suit-
matoes.
able.
Israel's sizeble export of
-The new varieties are
table tomatoes to Europe in
much firmer and last much
recent years has met with
longer in storage than pre-
difficulties due to the short
"shelf life" of the fruit. Lo- vias ones. They keep their
firmness a full week after
cally marketed tomatoes
turning - completely red,
also suffer a 10-20 percent
compared to 2-3 days in the
loss due to early softening:
previous types.
The prPblem is especially
had in developing countries. Local seed companies
where hot climates over- have undertaken semi-corn-
mercial production of the
ripen large quantities of
strains for seeds to he sold
fruit, ruining it for sale.
Prof. Kedar and his team to farmers in time for the
in the Field Vegetable autumn season.

Several foreign and local
cosmetic companies have
expressed an interest in the
new instrument.
The research group is
still in the process of gather-
ing biological data, to classi-
fy people's skin taking into
account age and sex.
One of the aims is to
measure the effect of Dead
Sea water, Dead Sea mud
(piloma) and Tiberias mud
on skin as part of exam-
ining their medical effects.
The ultimate benefit of
the new device is that it
may eliminate those cosmet-
ic preparations which have
no real value. as well as to
,develop new products with
better effects.

dents annual conference
three years ago, enabling
unions to refuse assistance
of any kind to "openly rac-
ist and fascist organiza-
tions." Citing the 1975
United Nations resolution,
equating Zionism with rac-
isrg, they have sought with
cmsiderable success to cen-
sure or expel Jewish and Is-
rael societies.
It was on the basis of
this policy that the students
union at York decided to
expel the Jewish society
from its register on June
15.
Despite taking legal ac-
tion, the Jewish society
only partly succeeded in
carrying out its program on
the campus. As in York,
the university adminis-
tration and the NUS Execu-
tive tried to intervene on be-
half of the beleaguered Jew-
ish students.
The fact that some Jew-
ish societies have invoked
the support of the chan-
cellors of their universities
will not, however, stand
them in good stead, since
students in Britain as else-
where resent the pressures
of "the establishment."
The Jewish students will
have- to count primarily on
themselves and on their stu-
dent sympathizers. BeF ides

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these include the followers
of what is termed "the
broad left," (as opposed to
the Trotskyite and Anarch-
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left embraces not only
Lab& Party supporters but
even orthodox Communists.

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Vandals Deface
Paris Synagogue

PARIS (JTA)—The Paris
main synagogue was dese-
crated last week by un-
known vandals who
scribbled anti-Semitic slo-
gans on the walls and tried --
to break into the main hall.
Police believe that a neo-
Nazi organization was re-
sponsible.
The janitor at the__svna-
gogue discovered the in-
scriptions when he reported
for work. Police launched
an investigation, taking fin-
gerprints and questioning
neighbors and possible wit-
nesses. PoliCe said they
have not yet discovered any
definite clues. .
The Paris Jewish Con-
sistory and the Representa-
tive Council of French Jew-
ish Organizations (CRIF
called upon the government
to take all necessary steps
to apprehend the culprits
and have them tried.
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