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Friday, July 13, 1919

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

U.S. Jews Are Urged to Protect Romanian
Jews' Chance for Emigration in MFN Talks

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BUCHAREST (JTA) —
Romanian Chief Rabbi
Moses Rosen has urged
American Jews not to make
any statements in the up-
coming U.S. Congressional
hearings on most-favored-
nation trade status for
Romania which might
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ests" of Romanian Jews and
their right to emigrate to Is-
rael.
In a cable sent last week
to the Conference of
Presidents of Major Ameri-
can Jewish Organizations,
Rosen said that "nobody has
the right to give statements
on our behalf without con-
sulting us." He said he has
invited Theodore Mann,
chairman of the Presidents
Conference, and other
American Jewish leaders to
come to Romania.
Rosen was apparently re-
ferring to the scheduled tes-
timony by American Jewish
leaders before the House
Ways and Means subcom-
mittee on trade which will
be holding hearings soon on
the special U.S. trade status
for Romania and Hungary.
Rosen sent cables to U.S.
Sen. Abraham Ribicoff (D-
Conn.) and Rep. Charles
Vanik (D-Ohio) asking to be
allowed to testify before
their committees when they
consider whether to con-
tinue U.S. most-favored-
nation trade status for
Romania.
Vanik is chairman of the
House Ways and Means
subcommittee on trade.
Ribicoff is chairman of the
Senate Finance subcommit
tee on international trade.
"It is our right to speak
out our viewpoint and to
give the real picture when
decisions are made on our
destiny," Rosen's cable said.
Rosen said he is going to
Washington Sunday. He
plans to hold a press confer-
ence after arriving in Wash-
ington.
The chief rabbi declared
that more than 90 percent of
Romania's Jews have emi-
grated to Israel in the last
35 years. "There are
350,000 Romanian Jews in
Israel and 38,000 left in
Romania," he said.
In Washington the
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mended, that the United
States continue granting
most-favored-nation
trade status to Romania.
In written testimony pre-
sented to the House Ways
and Means subcommittee'
on trade, Jack Spitzer,
president of Bnai Brith In-
ternational and represent-
ing the Conference of
Presidents of Major Ameri-
can Jewish Organizations,
said that although the lead-
ers were concerned about
the steady decrease in
Jewish emigration from
Romania since 1975, they
were giving "an unqualified
endorsement" of the exten-
sion of MFN to the East
European nation. Hearings
on MFN for Romania are
due to start Thursday.
Spitzer explained in a
cover letter to Vanik that
the endorsement was made
"on the strength of under-
standings between the Con-
ference of Presidents and
the Romanian government"
which may resolve the prob-
lem of Jewish emigration
"once and for all."
Romania was granted
most-favored-nation status
four years ago by Congress
in anticipation that emigra-
tion from Romania would
become freer.
Brith
Bnai
The
president pointed out
that the Jewish emigra-
tion issue has been "the
single exception to an
otherwise positive pic-
ture of Romanian policy
toward both Jews and
the state of Israel."
He said that the Roma-
nian Jewish community
"enjoys considerable reli-
gious, cultural and com-
munal freedoms, and
Romanian foreign policy,
particularly with respect to
the Middle East, has been a
courageously independent
one."
Meanwhile, President
Nicolae Ceausescu of
Romania asured Donald M.
Robinson, president of the
American Jewish Joint Dis-
tribution Committee, that
any Jew wishing to leave
Romania for family reunion
in Israel or any other coun-
try would be able to do so.
The Romanian leader
made the statement during
an audience last week with
I.
Robinson, Ralph
Goldman, JDC executive
vice president, and Chief
Rabbi Moses Rosen,
president of the Federation
of Jewish Communities of
Romania. Stefan Andrei,
Romanian Foreign Minis-
ter, was also present.
The JDC leaders were
in Bucharest for the
dedication of the new 01-
teniei Home for the Aged,
a 220-bed facility, and
also nursing cases. The
home was named The
Amalia and Rabbi Moses
Rosen Home in honor of
the chief rabbi's 40 years
of service and leadership
to the community.
Amalia is the rabbi's
wife.
Calling the meeting "his-
toric," Robinson said "It was

the first time a president of
an East European country
met with the president - of
the Joint Distribution
Committee for a face-to-face
talk on the condition of the
Jewish, community and the
work of the JDC in that

country."
The JDC, Robinson said,
"spends close to $3.5 million
for a variety of social assis-
tance programs aiding more
than 10,000 of the 40,000
Jews estimated to reside in
Romania.

Israel Destroys Suspected
Terrorist Cell in Lebanon

TEL AVIV (JTA) — An
Israel army force entered
the Lebanese village of
Khabra Sunday and de-
molished two buildings said
to have housed a terrorist
cell.
A military spokesman de-
scribed the operation as a
preventive act within the
framework of Israel's de-
clared policy of striking ter-
rorists before they can
strike Israel. He said the
two buildings were
evacuated before they were
blown up.
It was the second such act
in 24 hours. On Saturday
night, two houses were
blown up in another
Lebanese village after
women and children were
evacuated. The spokesman
said Israel would continue
its detterent action against
Arab terrorists.
Sunday's entry into
Lebanon followed a clash
between an Israel patrol
and terrorists in the Har
Dov area in whichthree ter-
rorists were killed.
Israel has expressed
anxiety over increased
terrorist activity in the
area of south Lebanon
under control of the
United Nations Interm
Force in Lebanon (UN-
IFIL). The terrorists who
were intercepted had
crossed territory
patroled by the Norwe-
gian UNIFIL contingent
without being detected.
Meanwhile, Gen.
Yehoshua Saguy, chief of
military intelligence, said
that Israel has evidence
that its air strikes against
terrorist targets in south
Lebanon aborted at least 80
percent of planned terrorist
activities against Israel in
recent weeks.
He said that groups of ter-
rorists, trained and equip-
ped with weapons, had been
given the green light for as-
saults against Israel, but
their departure was for

Referring to a recent air
battle between Israeli and
Syrian jets when the latter
attempted to interfere with
an Israeli attack on ter-
rorigt strongholds, Saguy
noted that Syrian forces are
deployed along a line from
Zaharani on the Mediterra-
nean coast to Kfar Mashki
in the east.
He said that if the Sy-
rians do not seek another
encounter there will be
none, but if they try to
interfere with Israeli ac-
tivity or move south from
their present positions
norht of the Litani River,
there is a very great pos-
sibility of more

encounters.
According to Saguy, Is-
rael has no confirmation of
reports that the Syrians
have brought SAM-6 anti-
aircraft missile batteries
into Lebanon. On the other
hand, the SAM-7 or
"Strella" type shoulder-
launched missiles are -to be
found everywhere in south
Lebanon and are used by
terrorists, he said.
Saguy spoke of pbssible
clashe's on Israel's eastern
front where, he said, Jordan
would have to be a domin-
ant component of any Arab
force. But so far Jordan has
not decided whether to join
with the Syrians and Iraqis.
Iraq constitutes the most
serious potential danger, he
said, as it is the only Arab
country that has doubled
the size of its army since the
Yom- Kippur War.
Saguy said that Iraq
which had six divisions in
1973 now has 11 divisions
and can easily send six
divisions as an expedi-
tionary force to Israeli
front. Saguy said the
change of regime in Iran
made such a move easier
for Iraq inasmuch as the
Islamic authorities in
Teheran would give their
blessing to any - act
against Israel.
Referring to Saudi
Arabia, the intelligence
chief said it was ominous
that the Saudis should posi-
tion the bulk of their ar-
mored corps at Tabuk, only
150 kilometers from Israel,
when logically, it should be
stationed near the border
with South Yemen.

Small Cities
Institute Slated
for August

NEW YORK — The first
small city executives insti-
tute to be conducted in Is-
rael will be held Aug. 16-26
under the joint sponsorsh 4
of the Council of Jewi
Federations and the Jewis
Welfare Board in coopera-
tion with United Jewish
Appeal and the Institute for
Leadership Development of
the Jewish Agency for Is-
rael.
The Institute is open to
executive directors of
Jewish Federations and
Jewish Community Centers
in 115 communities in the
U.S. and Canada with a
Jewish population of 5,000
or less.

Every wise woman builds
her house; but the foolish
plucks it down with her own -
hands.

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