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December 09, 1977 - Image 26

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-12-09

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26 Friday, December 9, 1977 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

U.S. Urged to Provide UNESCO Leadership

(Continued from Page 1)

resolutions on political is-
sues not be adopted without
a consensus, instead of a
bare majority. Now this is
hurting us in the human
rights area, where the Rus-
sians are so vulnerable.
They are doing everything
to prevent adoption."
Prof. Buergenthal expects
the U.S. Commission to rec-
ommend the U.S. pay its
full dues to UNESCO. A


genthal said that UNESCO
programs that are of inter-
est to the U.S. will not be
funded or expanded without
U.S. dues, because there
will not be enough money
available without U.S. sup-
He believes the U.S. with-
drawal from the Inter-
national Labor Organization
was "a terrible mistake.
The Russians want us out of
the 'soft' international or-
ganizations so that they can
use them for propaganda
"UNESCO, the ILO and
other organizations dis-
tribute materials to millions
of people. Who controls
these organizations can
have a major effect.
"We can achieve more at
the ILO by staying in, but I
suppose that if you threaten
to withdraw too often with-
out carrying through the
threat you may not be taken
seriously. I can sympathize
with the problem."
The U.S. Commission for
UNESCO's meetings are
generally private, but the
organization is devoting
today's sessions (Friday) to
human rights discussions,
including a public, morning
session on the internal im-
plications of U.S. human
rights policy.
Dr. Buergenthal said the
session reflects criticism
from U.S. blacks that the
U.S. is focusing too much

portion was withheld follow-
ing the anti-Israel resolu-
"The feeling is to urge
full U.S. participation, to
recognize the director-gen-
eral's efforts and to assist
Being an African, Buer-
genthal said, gives M'Bow
heavy influence among
UNESCO's African mem-
In addition, Prof. Buer-



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The Israeli sport frater-
nities are busily engaged in
concocting ideas for meet-
ing Egypt.
The first proposal sugges-
ted by the sports philoso-
phers is that Israel should
play Egypt's basketball
team. As a matter of fact,
the idea isn't exactly a new

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SALFIT, West Bank
(JTA) — For the first time
since UNESCO condemned
Israel for archeological dig-
gings in East Jerusalem
two years ago, a delegation
of that international organi-
zation is visiting the admin-
istered territories to study
educational and cultural
The visit was approved by
the Israeli government fol-
lowing the Nairobi
UNESCO conference in
which Israel was admitted
to the European region of
UNESCO. Until the Nairobi
conference, relations be-
tween Israel and UNESCO
had deteriorated as a result
of anti-Israel resolutions
pushed through by the
Arab-backed majority in
the international organiza-
One other reason for the
change in Israel's policy
was a visit by the World
Health Organization (WHO)
delegation which gave a fa-
vorable report on the health
services in the occupied ter-
ritories. The report was so
positive that Arab delegates
forced WHO into rejecting
the report of its own delega-

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human rights problems and
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one since Dr. William
Jones, retired head of the
Federation of International
Basketball Associations
(FIBA), which controls in-
ternational amateur bas-
ketball, for the past several
years has been exploiting
the possibility of a "Peace
Cup" engagement between
the two countries. He has
gone so far as to have a cup
If Egypt should side with
Israel, it will help tremen-
dously on the sports side as
well as on the political side
since the Arab League as a
bloc has tried to stymie all
of Israel's efforts in sports.
Whenever a question arises
as to participaton by Israel
in a given set of games, the
Arab bloc has made it a
practice to vote against
their Semitic cousins.
Since the Arabs always
are backed by the Russians,
one can readily see how
easy it is for Israel to be
blocked out of berths in a
variety of international

Dayan: No to PLO

Foreign Minister Moshe
Dayan flatly rejected a sug-
gestion to meet with a sen-
ior representative of the Pa-
lestine Liberation
Organization during his offi-
cial visit to West Germany
last week. The offer was
made through a senior Ger-
man official, it was learned

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Park for the Blind Dedicated
by Municipality of Jerusalem

of blind visitors stands on a
platform offering one of the
most magnificent views of
Jerusalem. They gaze at the
whole panorama, including
the graceful Dormition Ab-
bey on Mount Zion, the Hin-
non Valley and the Mount of
They see it all through
their fingertips which wan-
der over the special Braille
map in front of them. The
map is only one aspect of a
new park for the blind re-
cently dedicated in Jerusa-
Blind visitors can also ex-
perience the sounds of rush-
ing water, a wind harp and
scented plants that give off
their aroma with the touch
of the hand. This park and
club house for the city's
Jewish and Arab blind was
dedicated recently by Je-
rusalem's Mayor Teddy
The club house, built by
the Jerusalem Foundation,
is located 'in a six dunam
park in Abu Tor. One sec-
tion of the site has been
turned into an aromatic gar-
den by the Hebrew Univer-
sity Botanical Department.
The perennials in the gar-
den were chosen for their
scents; these include rose-
mary, wormwood and gold-
en Jerusalem sage. Braille
signs (in Hebrew, Arabic
and English) identify the
plants for the blind, who are
encouraged to touch them.
The lush sounds of cas-
cading water come from a
30-meter-long spillway,
which connects to a pool
where the water is recircu-
lated. A similar attempt to
provide sensation in sound
is a wind harp — a per-
forated metal object hung
with small bells set up
above the entrance to the

park. The Braille map is
located on the observation
platform atop the club
This new facility will pro-
vide social, sport and cul-
tural activities including
music lessons, gymnastics,
chess and lectures. The
blind will be brought by bus
or taxi in groups but individ-
uals will also be welcome, a
municipal official said. The
city of Jerusalem will man-
age the club house facilities.
The park is a gift of the
city of Vienna and the Jew-
ish community of Antwerp.
The project is an outgrowth
of a visit paid by Mayor
Kollek to his native Vienna
in 1970. The Jerusalem gar-
den is based on Vienna's
own garden for the blind
which Kollek saw on that


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