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May 11, 1979 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-05-11

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Friday, May It 1919 19

Israel Accuses Irish Troops. of Helping PLO

rael on Wednesdaccused
an Irish unit of the United
Nations Interim Force in
Lebanon (UNIFIL) of aiding
and abetting a terrorist at-
tack on Manero Kibutz in
northern Israel and liter
blocking an- Israeli force
sent into South Lebanon in
pursuit of the terrorists. An
army spokesman confirmed
that an Israeli force was
combing the area of Shaqra
-village where the terrorists
were believed to have taken
- shelter.
Unconfirmed reports
from foreign sources said
the Israeli force was au-
gmented by anywhere from
40 to 250 tanks, depending
upon the source. It was the
first major incursion by Is-
raeli troops into South
- Lebanon since Israel with-
drew its army from that
regio'• a year ago. The force
was prevented from con-
tinuing its search operation
by the Irish troops and
withdrew, the army
spokesman said.

According to the spokes-
man, the events began after
a band of about four Arab
terrorists crossed . UNIFIL-
held territory and remained
concealed in a sector
patrolled by the-Irish unit.
About 4 a.m. they reached
the border fence and opened
fire with mortars and auto-
matic weapons on Manera.

An Israeli patrol ex-
changed fire with the ter-
rorists, wounding one
who was captured. The
others fled back into
Lebanese territory. An

Israeli patrol crossed
into Lebanon on a search
operation that centered
on the area between Sha-
qra and the border. Be-
fore the terrorists could
be found, the Irish troops
appeared and refused to
grant the Israeli forces
permission to continue
their operation.
Questioning of the cap-
tured terrorist incidated
that their mission was to
murder civilians in Manera,
Israeli sources said. The
shooting lasted nearly an
hour. Na Israeli casualties
were reported.

Israel charged that UN-
IFIL is not carrying out its
mission. It permitted ter-
rorists to cross its territory
eastward from Tyre, which
is a terrorist-controlled
enclave, and made no at-
tempt to apprehend them
although the sounds of the
battle could be heard for

"It is inconceivable that
terrorists, failing in their
mission, should find shelter
across the border," the Is-
raeli military spokesman
said. UNIFIL headquarters

Baltimore Hebrew College
Dedicates Orlinsky Institute

Baltimore Hebrew College
will dedicate the Harry M.
Orlinsky Institute for Bibli-
cal and Archeological
Studies Sunday.
From 1936 to 1944 Dr. Or-
linsky Was professor of his-
tory and Bible at the Balti-
more Hebrew College. He

The Israel Pound: Big Battle
of Inflation and Devaluation'

The rapid fall in the
e DecPmmng Value
value of the Israeli
Currency ,
pound in recent
in U.S. dollars
months has ben de-
tailed in a New York
Times story by Tel
Aviv correspondent
Moshe Brilliant.
The pound has now
fallen to more than
22 to $1.
According to Bril-
liant, the Bank of Is-
rael, the nation's
central bank, partly
induced the devalu-
ation in March by
intervening in the
money market, and
the government con-
tributed to the slide
by enacting meas-
Area oft
ures to discourage
businessmen from
taking foreign cur-
rency loans and
changing them into
Israeli money.
M A MJ ..1..A.S.0a0. 4 F m.
The moves that
weakened the Is-
raeli pound were
calculated to reduce the gap between the rate of inflation
and of devaluation. Inflation last year was 48 percent and
devaluation 24 percent. In the first two months of this year,
inflation was 7.3 percent and devaluation 1.2 percent.
The trend was reversed in March when the pound
dropped 11.5 percent and the consumer price index in-
creased by 5.6 percent.
This induced shift was calculated to pacify exporters
who have been complaining that their compensation for
foreign currency earnings did not cover their spiraling
costs in Israeli money resulting from inflation.


announded that an Israeli
force had been acting in the
Shaqra area east of Tebnin
but did not mention that
terrorists were in action in
the same area.
The Israeli air force
struck terrorist targets in
Lebanon on Sunday,
Monday and Tuesday
and -there were reports
that Lebanese villagers
have begun demanding
that the terrorists leave
their areas.
Roads toward Beirut
have been clogged with civi-
lians fleeing the south.
The U.S. has been urging
Israel to discontinue the air
strikes, but Premier
Menahem Begin told U.S.
Ambassador Samuel Lewis
that Israel will hit the ter-
rorists any time it feels
Meanwhile, Lebanese
Premier Selim Al-Hoss has
rejected Begin's call for
Lebanon to begin peace
negotiations with Israel. He
said the Israeli attacks on
Lebanese territory was
blackmail. "It is out of the
question that terror and in-
timidation will force Leba-
non to break its ties with the



common Arab destiny," he
said in a statement carried
by the state-run Beirut
Hoss also rejected a
demand by Israel that
Syria withdraw its
30,000-man forces in
Lebanon. The future of
this force is expected to-
be discussed at a meeting
between Lebanese
President Elias Sarkis
and Syrian President
Hafez Assad.
Begin's proposals were
made in a Knesset speech
Tuesday. During that time
he also suggested that the
problem of some 165,000
Palestinians now living in
Lebanon be solved by reset-
tling them in Saudi Arabia,
Syria, Iraq and Libya. Hoss
rejected this prOosal, too,
declaring that "everyone
knows that Israel is the
cause of the Palestinian
tragedy through their dis-
placement from their land."
He added that "any solution
for this crisis which does not
provide a just solution for
the Palestinian people's
case through ensuring their
legitimate national rights
cannot serve as a proper
Middle East settlement."


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currently is professor of
Bible at the New York
school of Hebrew Union
College-Jewish Institute of
„In 1962, he was visiting
professor at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem.
He was a Guggenheim
Foundation Fellow for
In 1974, Dr. Orlinsky was
appointed Grinfeld Lec-
turer on the Septuagint at
Oxford University.
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fare Board's Frank L.
Weil award "for out-
standing contributions to
American Jewish cul-
In 1972, Baltimore He-
brew College - awarded him
the honorary degree of Doc-
tor of Hebrew Letters.

Worker Shortage

Housing costs, which have
been skyrocketing in Israel,
are expected to soar further
with the construction of two
new airbases in the Negev.
Israel is facing a severe
shortage of construction,
workers, observers say, be-
cause thousands of West
Bank Palestinians have left
during the last three years
to take higher-paying jobs
in the Arab oil countries.


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