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September 07, 1979 - Image 49

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-09-07

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, September 1, 1919 49

Carter Seeks End to Rift; Young Interview Lashes Israeli Policies

WASHINGTON (JTA)
President Carter appealed
last week to blacks and
Jews in America to end the
rift that developed between
them as a result of the res-
ignation of Andrew Young
as U.S. ambassador to the
United Nations following
his unauthorized meeting

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with a Palestine Liberation
Organization representa-
tive.
Speaking at the dedica-
tion of a chapel in Emory
University in Atlanta, Ga.,
Young's home town, the
President declared: "Both
groups have a particular
call on the conscience of

* *

each other and on the con-
science of us all . . . Many
nations are in danger of
being torn apart by ethnic
divisions, by political rival-
ries, by religious conflicts.
"We must seek resolution
of differences and we must
stand with each other to
prevent all these quarrels of

*

Dayan-Palestinian Meeting
Draws Mixed Reaction in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
gn Minister Moshe
n says that he will con-
tinue to meet periodically
with West Bank and Gaza
Strip Palestinians of var-
ious political persuasions
despite criticism of his
meeting last week with an
outspoken supporter of the
Palestine Liberation
Organization.

Explaining his 90-minute
meeting with Dr. Haider
Abdul-Shafi, chairman of
the Gaza Red Crescent
Society, Dayan said their
conversation helped him to

better understand the views
held by Palestinian leaders
in the administered ter-
ritories.
Nevertheless, Dayan was
careful to distingush be-
tween talking and negotiat-
ing, and between supporters
of the PLO and PLO mem-
bers. He had not met with
Abdul-Shafi to negotiate
about the autonomy or
about the normalization.
Rather, they had had a gen-
eral exchange of views on
how Abdul-Shafi sees a fu-
ture of coexistence between
Israelis and Palestinians,
Dayan explained.

The doctor, for his part,
described the conversa-
tion as "academic and
theoretical. Dayan is
fond of exploring — even
in a situation where there
is no point to explore," he
told a reporter after the
meeting.
The news of Dayan's
meeting with the Gaza
leader evoked mixed reac-
tions in the political com-
munity. Several ministers
seemed to have known in
advance of the meeting and
appeared to have approved
it. But others had reserva-
tions.

Students Push for Falasha Aid
at Red Cross Office in New York

NEW YORK (JTA) —
Eleven members of the Con-
cerned Jewish Youth (CJY)
and the American Associa-
tion for Ethiopian Jews
forced their way into the
offices of the New York di-
rector of the American Red
Cross last week to explain
the plight of Ethiopia's
Falasha Jews and to urge of-
, facials of the Red Cross to
take action on their behalf.
CJY co-chairman Stuart
Wak said that the two
groups focused on the
American Red Cross be.-
cause' it has the political
power to do something" for
the Falashas, whereas the
International Red Cross
and various Jewish organ-
- izations have been ineffec-
tive.
The Falashas, or "black
Jews" of Ethiopia, have
been the victims of genocide
and other atrocities follow-
ing the overthrow of Em-
peror Haile Selassie and the
subsequent revolution of
1976. The Falashas, who
now number 28,000 from
250,000 in 1975, are work-
- ing with the Jewish Agency
- in Israel for a mass aliya of
their people, Zacharias
Yana, a spokesman for the
shas told the Jewish
graphic Agency in an
interview earlier this year.
Barnet Deutch, the di-
rector of the New York
American Red Cross, re-
sponded to the group's
demand for an airlift by
the Red Cross by saying
"No way can the Red
, Cross, in any part of the
world take planes into
country.
another
Realistically, a great deal
of this (airlift and rescue
work) must be done
through hard, negotiated
efforts." Barnet, how-
- ever, did promise to

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,,

"check into the matter
thoroughly."
In the presence of the pro-
testers, Barnet called
American Red Cross head-
quarters in Washington and
was notified by them that
the Red Cross currently had
seven delegates in Ethiopia
to oversee medical, food,
blood and other rescue and
emergency efforts spon-
sored by the Red Cross for
all Ethiopian refugees.
Barnet told the group that
the "Red Cross in the U.S. is
concerned with this prob-
lem" and that he will go to
the national headquarters
to present the group's con-
cern.
Lenny Spector, a co-
chairman of CJY, called the
International Red Cross
morally bankrupt" in its
failure to recognize the Is-
raeli Red Magen David as a
legitimate affiliate of the
international organization.

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Barnet conceded that -this
was so and that many of the
anti-Israeli "emerging na-
tions" who vote on Interna-
tional Red Cross member-
ship were responsible for
blocking the Israeli group's
admission.
The group concluded
their meeting with Bar-
net by lighting yahrzeit
candles and reciting a
memorial service for
Falashas who perished in
Ethiopia's political up-
heavals.
The CJY is Herut-
affiliated and has offices on
many college campuses
throughout the New York
area and in major American
cities. The Americans for
Ethiopian Jews works
closely with the National
Jewish Student Network
and has 200 members across
the nation, according to
Yehudah Shapiro, a board
member.

I.B. Singer to Visit Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) --
President Yitzhak Navon
has issued- an invitation to
Nobel Laureate Isaac
Bashevis Singer to come to
Israel as an official state
guest for a week in De-
cember. _
"It is an honor for me to
express our appreciation for
your contributions to the
Jewish culture in this way,"
Navon wrote the prominent
author, "especially consid-
ering the fact that this cul-
ture has recently earned in-
ternational public recogni-
tion. I know that various
circles interested in the
Yiddish culture and Yid-
dish literature will also
want to honor you and your
literature during your stay
here."
Singer cabled Navon

the world from being im-
ported into our own na-
tional life. -
Young did little to de-
crease the tension with
an inflammatory inter-
view he gave to the
French weekly, Le
NoUvel Observateur.

In some of his harshest
statements to date, Young
declared that American
blacks "now believe that the
Palestinians are oppressed
and will act accordingly,"
asserted that "I will con-
tinue to oppose the fact that
Israel can take decisions
concerning the national
interests of the United
States," and hinted that Is-
raeli Foreign Minister
Moshe Dayan might hare
personally leaked the news
about Young's meeting with
the Palestine Liberation
Organization observer at
the UN, Zehadi Labib Terzi,
to Newsweek magazine
which first carried the story
of the meeting. The Israeli
Foreign Ministry issued a
flat denial.
About Israel, Young de-
clared: "The Israeli are no
less terroristic than the
PLO at this moment. I be-
lieve that the splinter and
phsophorus bombs they
drop on Lebanon are just as
immoral and deadly as any-
thing the Palestinians
"might have done in Israel.
"Israel was created with
our help as an answer to the

Holocaust. But since 1967
Israel has gradually become
the oppressor — it is the
evolution which is costing it
its credibility and might in
future compromise its mili-
tary strength.
"The Israelis enjoyed
American military help
because the American
people believe they are
right to fight for their
survival. But by becom-
ing an expansionist
power, by multiplying
the settlements (in the
territories) and shelling
Lebanon, they are in the
process of losing their
moral advantage."
Young claimed that Is-
rael was upset by his meet-
ing with Terzi because "I
was about to make the PLO
take a great step forward
towards recognizing Israel
and this is what Israel does
not want. They (the Israelis)
do not want peace with the
PLO. They want to destroy

them. But they can't
achieve this aim as with
each of their bombs, they
create new terrorists."

Young said he believes
that Washington will even-
tually start discussions
with the PLO.

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