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June 30, 1978 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-06-30

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

20 Friday, Awe 30, 1918

Fisher Opposes Dulzin View on Soviet Jewry Drop-Outs

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JERUSALEM (JTA) —
Max M. Fisher of Detroit,
chairman of the board of
governors of the Jewish
Agency, said Wednesday
that he opposed stopping aid
to Soviet Jewish emigres
who "drop out" when they
reach Vienna and go to the
United States or other coun-
tries rather than to Israel.
Fisher's comment, made
in a radio interview, put
him in direct conflict with
Leon Dulzin, chairman of
the World Zionist Organiza-

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chairman of the Jewish rant aid agency, and the would affect the lives of
Agency, who has been in- Joint Distribution Corn-
some 45,000 disadvantaged
sisting that Jewish organi- mittee to end their ac- families, is the main topic
zations cease their assis- tivities in Vienna on be-
on the assembly's agenda. It
tance to the drop-outs.
half of "drop-outs." is a joint venture of the gov-
Fisher said his view was Fisher's statement made ernment and the Jewish
shared by most American it clear to the Israelis that Agency to be implemented
Jewish leaders. He made his their demands are not by a planning committee,
statement shortly after likely to be accepted in
headed by Yadin.
Rafael Kotlowitz of Herut, the future.
Meanwhile, the Jewish
head of the WZO's aliya de-
The "drop out" rate Agency reinstated four of 10
partment, made a strong among Soviet Jews arriving aliya emissaries who were
appeal for an end to aid to in Vienna currently stands rejected only weeks before
the "drop outs," demanding at about 60 percent. Dulzin they were to begin overseas
that the phenomenon must warned recently that if it assignments. Appeals of the
be stopped at all costs. The hits 80 percent the entire other six were rejected by
issue has divided Diaspora aliya movement in the the appeal board.
and Israeli leaders for a Soviet Union would be in
Eleven of 22 final candi-
number of years.
jeopardy.
dates were rejected last
The American Jewish
At the Agency assembly, week after months of train-
leadership has refused to Deputy Premier Yigael ing. The rejection was based
bring pressure on HIAS, Yadin said that the master on test scores, although all
plan for the rehabilitation 22 had passed months of
of 160 slum areas through- other tests and screening
out Israel depended on a processes. The 11th candi-
true partnership between date did not appeal the deci-
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Jewish Groups Assail Javits

NEW YORK (JTA) —
Sen. Jacob K. Javits (R-
N.Y.) received scathing
criticism from some Jewish
organizations, but guarded
support from others for his
speech on the Senate floor
last week in which he said
that Israel's response to the
American questions on the
future status of the West
Bank and Gaza Strip was "a
disappointment."
The most vociferous de-
nunciation came from the
American Jewish Congress
which accused the Senator,
one of Israel's most consis-
tent and staunchest Con-
gressional supporters, of
"climbing aboard the 'let's
put more pressure on Israel'
bandwagon." —
The AJCongress said it
"strongly" disagrees "with
his statement that it is up to
Israel to 'come forward with
a more precise statement of
its views.' "
According to the AJ-
Congress "Israel has of-
fered a far-reaching
proposal for a solution of
the West Bank issue ....
It is up to those who claim
to speak for the residents
of the West Bank and
Gaza — not Israel — to
give a 'precise statement'
of their views. Sen. Javits
would have been better
advised to offer his ad-
vice to the leaders of Jor-
dan and Egypt. Israel's
plan is on the table. Let
the others now respond,"
the AJCongress said.
But Rabbi Alexander
Schindler, chairman of the
Conference of Presidents of
Major American Jewish
Organizations said Javits'
speech "makes many valid
points." He added, however,
"I wish he had made the re-
sumption of negotiations
the focus. Why should Israel
make more and more
clarification before the pro-
cess of negotiations?"
Schindler asked.

Hyman Bookbinder,
Washington representative
of the American Jewish
Committee, noted that
Javits is "a very very good
friend of Israel." He added
that he hoped the Senator's

remarks would encourage
the Israeli government to
offer "further clarification"
regarding the future of the
West Bank and Gaza.
However, Harold M.
Jacobs, president, and Fred
Ehrman, chairman, of the
Union of Orthodox Jewish
Congregations of America,
asked Javits to reconsider
his position on Israel's re-
sponse.

Jacobs observed that
"social and political
changes may occur" dur-
ing the period of au-
tonomy for the West
Bank and Gaza Strip that
Israel has proposed and
therefore "it would be
very unwise for Israel to
commit itself to a specific
course of action five
years from now."
(The concern that Javits'
speech aroused in Israel was
reflected in an editorial in
the mass circulation Maariv
which observed that the
Senator from New York, a
state with a large Jewish
population, would not have
criticized Israel without a
preliminary investigation
of the current feelings on
the issue among Jews and
non-Jews. "Whoever
doubted reports that
American Jewry is not as
united as one behind Israel
may now have cause to re-
think," Maariv said. It ad-
ded: "No doubt Javits has
strengthened the hand of
the Administration. When a
Republican Senator contri-
butes such help to the
Democratic President there
are no doubt reasons. There
is no doubt that not only in
the U.S. there is a certain
amount of reservation as to
the (Israeli) government's
policy," Maariv said.)

Immigration Up

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
Immigration last month in-
creased by 25 percent over
May 1977, the Jewish
Agency's immigration and
absorption department re-
ported. The new arrivals
numbered 2218 compared to
1775 during the same
month last year.

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