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February 24, 1978 - Image 40

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-02-24

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at Histadrut Miami onferen' ce

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MIAMI BEACH (JTA) —
The 12th annual Histadrut
Economic Conference for Is-
rael opened at the Fon-
tainebleau Hotel last week
with a report that the Foun-
dation had passed the $50
million mark in long-term
commitments to the health,
education and social wel-
fare programs of Histadrut
in Israel.
The report was given by
Sol Stein, president of the
Foundation which he estab-
lished 18 years ago as an ad-
junct of the Israel Histadrut
campaign.
Dinstein,
Zvi
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economic minister of Israel
to the United States and
Canada, explained the new
economic policy instituted
by the government of Pre-
mier Menahem Begin as
one that aimed "to let
economic processes deter-
mine their own cause with
minimal government inter-
ference."
Dinstein, who also
served as deputy minis-
ter of finance under pre-
vious Labor govern-
ments and is a former
Knesset member, stated
that Israel has a $2.75 bill-
ion annual trade deficit
of which $1 billion was
for civilian expenses,
while the major share
was due to military ex-
penditures.
These deficits, he said,
can possibly be reduced by
normal developments
within three to five years.
Israel has open markets
for goods and services and
must find investments for
its industrial infrastruc-
ture, he said. Israeli ag-
riculture is highly de-
veloped and hundreds of Is-

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developing countries to in-
crease their food supply.
While the goal of the pol-
icy is to foster an economy
free of government interfer-
ence, the results will depend
on the degree of private in-
vestment and initiative,
Dinstein said. He noted that
Egyptian President Anwar
Sadat might be prompted to
seek peace with Israel now
before Israel achieves total
economic self-sufficiency
and becomes stronger in its
negotiating stance.
Dr. Judah J. Shapiro
president of the National
Committee for Labor Is-
rael, in the keynote ad-
dress to the 1,500 par-
ticipants at the confer-
ence, described the Mid-
dle East as "an arena of
contention between the
superpowers."
He added that in the
American view Israel was
not "a sentimental , bastion
of democracy but an aircraft
carrier from which the Un-
ited States may have to con-
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in
specializing
firm
Judaica, says he has just
purchased the world's smal-
lest Torah.
The parchment is 2 1/2 in-
ches high and the hand-
written text is 1% inches
high but clearly legible
without the aid of a mag-
nifying lens, Ehrenthal
said. •
He said the miniature
was acquired for the firm by
his son at an auction at the
Sotheby Gallery in London
for $25,000. The price in-
cluded a sterling silver
filigreed Ark 9% inches
high. The Torah itself
stands 41/2 inches from top to
bottom of the scroll handles
and is contained in green
velvet cloth with silver
braid and the Hebrew let-
ters kaf and taf.
'According to Ehrent-
hal it originated in Au-
stria, probably in the
early 19th Century. An
inscription refers to
"Yaacov, son of Rabbi
Meir Landau," who was,
the original owner but
may or may not have
been the craftsman, he
said. He estimated that it
took the scribe 5-10 years
to complete the sacred
text.
Ehrenthal said he has not
decided whether to place it
on sale or add it to his pri-
vate collection of Judaica.
He did not exclude the pos-
sibility of lending it to a
museum.

Swiss Charters
to Israel Slated

GENEVA (JTA) — The
Imholz travel agency from
Zurich and the private air
firm Sata from Geneva have
received permission to op-
erate 30 charter flights from
Switzerland to Israel.

Israel Government Seeks an Explanation
of 1111. German Anti-Tank Missile Sale to Syri

BONN (JTA) — The Is-
raeli goverment has asked
the West German Foreign
Ministry to explain a $240
million sale of anti-tank
missiles to Syria by a
German-French consor-
tium, Euromissile.
Ministry
Foreign
Juergen
spokesman
Suedhoff has said Bonn has
"no sympathy" for attacks
on it by the Israeli press as a
result of the sale, since it
concerns "a bilateral,
Syrian-French transac-
tion.".
Another statement, is-
sued by the Economics
Ministry, said the ban on
German weapons sales to
crisis areas did not mean

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Ex-Nazi Escape

that when such arms were
supplied to other NATO
countries Bonn could expect
its partners not to re-sell the
items. Such a ban on re-
sales would bring arms
sales to a halt and the Ger-
man arms industry could
just as well close down, the
ministry said.
Israeli newspapers
criticized West Germany
for not objecting to the
sale, thereby adopting an
"anti-Israel postUre."
They also said the sale
violated Bonn's stated
_ policy of not delivering
weapons to crisis areas.
However, Suedhoff said
the government had "no
legal possibility" of in-
tervening to stop the

ROME (JTA) — A captain
and three guards will face
courts martial for the es-
cape of Nazi war criminal
Herbert Kappler, who or-
dered the killing of 335 Ita- .
lians, including 70 Jews, a
Rome military judge-de-
cided.
Mr. Kappler, who was
Gestapo chief in Rome dur-
ing World War Il?-died re-
cently in West Germany
where he resided after his
wife, Anneliese, smuggled
him out of Rome's Celio
military hospital last Aug.
15.
Examining Judge Col.
Fabrizio Gentile ordered
courts martial on charges of
gross disobedience and fai-
lure to supervise their pris-
oner for Capt. Norberto
- Capozzella and constables
Luigi Salso, Oronzo Pavone
and Giuseppe Giovanelli.
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Two Charged
in 1942 Killings

BONN (JTA) — West
Germany's central agency
for processing Nazi crimes
has issued charges against
two elderly Germans for
their participation in the
mass murder of Jews in the
Ukraine.
The investigations, which
began in 1964, show that
the two, Wilhelm Wes-
terheide, 69, and Johanne
Zelle, 58, participated in the
murder of 9,000 Jews in the
Vladimir-Wolynsk ghetto
in the Ukraine in Sep-
tember and November,
1942.
The Jews were taken in
trucks from,their homes to
Piatydny and shot there, in
front of ready mass graves.
Westerheide, as the then
district commissar, is
charged with being instru-
mental in carrying out the
action and in personally
shooting eight Jews whose
identities are known.
Zelle is alleged to have
pushed the Jews together by
using a riding whip as well
as knocking children
against a wall and throwing
them from a balcony. The
two are expected to face
trial shortly, in Dortmund.

arms delivery.
German press comment
has been generally critical
of Bonn's attitude. Though
the liberal weekly Zeit
scolded Israel for directing
its complaints solely at
Bonn rather than at France,
the conservative daily Welt
said the transaction had
"reopened old wounds. The
fact that the very country in
whose name Auschwitz oc-
curred is allowing arms to
be delivered to an Arab
state which wishes to v
them to destroy Israel
tally unbearable for
Jerusalem."
Bonn's reaction to Israeli
criticism showed "a cold-
heartedness which causes
one to freeze," Welt said.

Town Officials Face Charges
in Sabbath Street Accident

TEL AVIV (JTA) — At-
torney General Aharon
Barak will initiate man-
slaughter charges against
the mayor and municipal
council members of Bnei
Brak on grounds of non-
criminal negligence that re-
sulted in a traffic fatality
there last July.
Herzl Attiyah, 22, was
killed whan a car in which
he was a pasenger collided
with a chain that residents
of the town stretched across
a main road to block traffic
on the Sabbath.
decision
Barak's
triggered an outcry in the
Orthodox establishment
but also raised legal ques-
tions in secular circles.
Some critics said the legal
proceedings would re-ignite
the bitter conflict between
the ultra-Orthodox
neighbors that touched off
riots in the town last sum-
mer.
Except for the Or-
thodox quarters in
Jerusalem, Bnei Brak,
north of Tel Aviv, is the
only place in Israel where
the Sabbath is strictly
observed by virtually all
residents. Of its 15 coun-
cil members, 11 are mem-
bers of the religious polit-
ical factions.
It was the town council
that voted to place a physi-

Bomb Threat
for-TV Film

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
Despite a bomb threat hoax
and a number of threaten-
ing and profane telephone
calls to TV House, the sc-
reening of controversial
"Hirbet Hiza" went off
Smoothly last week.
After the show, hundreds
of viewers phoned in, ac-
cording to TV officials, ex-
pressing the full range of
differing opinions that have
been reflected during the
public debate over the film
concerning the war-time
uprooting of an Arab vil-
lage. -
Professional critics gen-
erally gave the film — an
Israeli TV production ---
high marks for quality on a
technical and artistic level.

cal barrier across Hashomer
St. after non-Orthodox resi-
dents, also served by the
road, protested against the
enforced closing of the
thoroughfare from sundown
Friday to sundown Satur-
day and On religious holi-
days.
Barak contends that the
road was blocked illegally
because no permission was
obtained from the Trans-
port Ministry to close the
road, and, irr any event, a
road sign would have suf-
ficed.
A strong police presence
was credited with averting
a clash between Orthodox
and non-Orthodox Jews in
Bnei "Brak Friday night.
The Orthodox congregated
to protest Barak's decision.
Non-Orthodox groups
turned up to stage a
counter-demonstration in
support of the Attorney
General.

Galilee Arabs
Get Land Deal

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
The Israel Lands Administ-
ration has changed its tac-
tics with regard to illegal
houses built by Arab villa-
gers in Galilee on state-
owned land witholit obtain-
ing government permits.
Instead of bulldozing
them, it is leasing the land
to the Arabs who readily
admit they are getting "a
real bargain."
A case in point is the
village of Iskal in lou-cm
Galilee, with a pop \( , A
tion of 5,000. Over
years the local residents
built some 300 houses
without permits leading
to repeated conflicts wtih
the Lands Administra-
tion.
In three instances, the
government sent in
bulldozers to raze the
houses. But that only in-
creased the bitterness. Re-
cently, the Lands Administ-
ration reached an agree-
ment with the village coun-
cil. It legalized the build-
ings retroactively and
leased the land to the villa-
gers at 1970 rates which are
relatively cheap..

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