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August 10, 1979 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-08-10

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Israel Denies Violating Weapon Agreement

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Is-
raeli defense circles on
Wednesday denied that Is-
rael violated any agreement
with the U.S. by using
American-made weapons
in south Lebanon. Israel
maintains that its air and
ground activities in south
Lebanon are defensive
moves to deter the Palesti-
nian terrorists from carry-
ing out operations against
Israeli civilians.
The military sources were
reacting to a statement by
U.S. Secretary of State
Cyrus Vance that Israel
may have violated agree-
ments with the U.S. Israeli
officials note there is no
clause in the purchase
agreements restricting the
use of the American-made
planes for operations like
the recent bombings of ter-

rorist bases in south Leba-
non.
There are prohibitions on
some specific items, such as
the cluster bombs, the mili-
tary sources noted. They
pointed out that Israel ad-
mitted that it had violated
the agreement when it used
the cluster bombs during
the Litani operation, its in-
trusion into south Lebanon
last year.
Vance's statement was
in a letter to Rep. Clement
Zablocki (D-Wisp ), chair-
man of the House Foreign
Affairs Committee, in re-
sponse to a demand by
Rep. Paul Findley of Il-
linois, the ranking Re-
publican on the commit-
tee, that the State De-
partment tell Congress
whether Israel had vio-
lated U.S. law in the

raids. Findley introduced
a resolution last week
that the department be
compelled to report to
Congress if Israel vio-
lated the law, but Con-
gress adjourned for its
summer vacation before
the House could act on it.
The State Department
confirmed that Vance had
sent a letter to Zablocki but
refused to make its contents
public. However, the letter
was released by Findley.
It said: "A violation of the
1952 agreement between
Israel and the United States
may have occurred ... by
reason of such actions as Is-
rael's July 22 air strike and
the deployment in southern
Lebanon of U.S.-supplied
artillery. We are continuing
to watch this situation with
seriousness and concern.

PLO Gaining Recognition in Europe

NEW YORK (JTA) —
The Palestine Liberation
Organization will open an
office in Turkey, is negotiat-
ing for an official visit to
Switzerland and will meet
soon with an official of West
Germany's Free Democratic
Party.
According to the reports,
the Turkish government
made the pro-PLO move
after talks between Turkish
officials and a PLO delega-
tion. The delegation arrived
in Ankara following an
agreement between PLO
chief Yasir Arafat and Tur-
key's Premier Bulent Ecevit
in the wake of the recent at-
tack on the Egyptian Em-
bassy in Ankara by four
Palestinian terrorists. The
PLO mediated to resolve the

Embassy takeover, and, as a
result, Turkey accepted the
PLO request to open an
office.

Observers see this de-
velopment as part of
Ecevit's new strategy of wo-
oing its Arab and Moslem
neighbors. Turkey, which
has diplomatic ties with Is-
rael, has been nonetheless
keeping a low profile in
dealing with the Jewish
state.
Last Friday, Swiss
Radio reported that
Farouk Kaddoumi, the
Palestine Liberation
Organization's so-called
foreign minister, will be
officially invited to-Swit-
zerland by Swiss Foreign
Minister Pierre Auber.

Swiss Radio claimed that
Swiss officials are not anx-
ious to receive a representa-
tive of the PLO, but were
pressured by Arab groups,
the Vienna meeting of
Arafat with Bruno Kresiky
of Austria and Willy Brandt
of West Germany, and
President Carter's state-
ment last - week linking the
Palestinian movement with
the civil rights movement.
Meanwhile, West Ger-
many's Free Democratic
Party announced Wednes-
day that its foreign affairs
expert, Juergen
Moellmann, will meet with
Yasir Arafat in Lebanon
Sunday. The FDP is a part-
ner in the coalition govern-
ment led by the Social
Democratic Party.

Further action on our part
will depend on the course of
events and our assessment
of them."

* * *

Findley to Meet
PLO's Arafat

Meanwhile, Findley said
that Palestine Liberation
Organization chief Yasir
Arafat has agreed to appear
on television with Findley
and other American Con-
gressmen and officials in
Beirut to answer questions
regarding the PLO's posi-
tions on Middle East issues
and to give Arafat an oppor-
tunity to improve his image
in the U.S.
Findley, who has met
twice with Arafat, said he
felt Arafat's image in the
U.S. "was really pretty bad"
and that he told him so. "I
felt that if a more relaxed
interview were held, he and
his views would come
through better," the Con-
gressman said. Findley said
no date has been set for the
meeting.
However, a leftwing
Lebanese newspaper, Al
Liwa, was reported to have
said that Palestinians ex-
pect the meeting to take
place soon, the Washington
Post reported. Al Liwa was
reported by the Post as say-
ing "The Palestinian-
American dialogue will
shortly be transferred to Be-
irut" when Findley "flies in
to meet Yasir Arafat."

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

`Friday, August 10, 1979 19

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that each individual accepts
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on such a level as will con-
tribute to the well-being of
the whole.
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development, social welfare, and justice.

A bequest to the Jewish National Fund
should be as traditional as having a Blue Box
in one's home.

You may want your-bequest to be
dedicated to afforestation, to a village, a
Nachlah, to a children's play area, to perpetual
yahrzeit or kaddish, or to some form of
permanent tribute in the names of persons
dear to you.

Consult the Foundation for Jewish
National Fund, 27308 Southfield Rd.,
557-6644
They will gladly co-operate with you in
working out plans to meet your special
requirements, in strict privacy.

IMINIIIMII

■ 111111 ■

Police Abandon Union Effort

TEL AVIV (JTA) — An
attempt to form a police
union was abandoned Sun-
day when only some 20
policemen turned out for
what was planned as a
strike and mass demonstra-
tion at the Municipal Plaza
here. Police headquarters
earlier said the normal con-
tingent of policemen had
reported for work.
The organizers of the
demonstration, Yoel Reshef
and David Ofek, who had
staged a hunger strike last
week, told reporters that
their fellow police officers
had shown by not attending
;he demonstration they did
not want a union. But we
are sure that sooner or later
a police union will be estab-
lished," they said.
The two had organized
the first police demonstra-
tion last Wednesday after
the Knesset had passed a
bill forbidding policemen to
have a union. After the
demonstration, which tied
up Jerusalem, four police
captains who participated
were dismissed from the
force and 10 other dismis-
sals are pending.
The demonstration
began with a legal protest
on the Knesset lawn but
soon developed into a
spontaneous march from

the government offices
area through downtown
Jerusalem to air their
grievances before a
wider public.
On the way, the demon-
strators staged a noisy sit-
down meeting in front of the
house of Interior Minister
Yosef Burg, who they held
responsible for the new law.
Meanwhile, the govern-
Went approved the recom-
mendation of Burg, who is

in charge of the police, that-
an ombudsman be ap-
pointed to whom appeals
against disciplinary action
can be brought. A ministe-
rial committee will study
policemen's salaries.
The Histadrut did not
support the efforts to estab-
lish a police union but of-
fered its help in settling the
dispute between those seek-
ing a union and the higher
echelon of the police force.

Hoffberger Sells the Orioles

BALTIMORE — Jerold
C. Hoffberger, board chair-
man of the Baltimore
Orioles baseball team, an-
nounced last week that the
club has been sold for $12
million to a group headed by
Edward Bennet Williams,
owner o f the National Foot-
ball League Washington
Redskins.
The Orioles, the win-
ningest team in baseball for
the past 22 years, have been
losers at the gate for some
time. Hoffberger has repor-
tedly been trying to sell the
team since 1974.
At one time it was ru-
mored that Detroiters Max
Fisher and A. Alfred Taub-
man were interested in the
team.

Yes,

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Hoffberger is a former
president of the United
Jewish Appeal now active
with the United Israel Ap-
peal.

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