THE JEWISH NEWS
Commentary, Page 2
A WeekIN Review
of Jetuish Events
Editorials, Page 4
VOL. LXXVI, No. 2 17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite 865, Southfield, Mich. 48075 424-8833 $12.00 Per Year: This Issue 30c Sept. 14, 1979
`Patient Pace' to Mark Talks;
•issues Dividing Arab Mayors
By GIL SEDAN
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Presidential envoy Robert Strauss met Wednesday
with the Israeli Cabinet's ministerial committee on autonomy, apparently
reaching an agreement on the principles of the Palestinian autonomy negotia-
tions for. the next 3 1/2 months.
, While Israeli sources described the meeting as an agreement by Strauss to
slow down the pace and accept the Begin-Sadat understanding of last week that
there was no rush to include the Palestinians themselves in the negotiations,
Strauss spoke differently, using terms such as "We now move into second gear,
in a bit of a quickened pace."
The agreement deals specifically with technicalities. The Israelis under-
took upon themselves to work out a timetable and a list of subjects to be
discussed in working groups, such as economics, education and agriculture in
the self-administration. It seems that the parties will devote more time and
energy into such technical issues, and postpone for later discussion delicate
issues such as Jerusalem and the source of authority in the autonomy.
Strauss reportedly told the Israeli ministers that Sadat was highly
satisfied with his meeting with Begin. He reportedly said that Begin
contributed to the promotion of autonomy in the territories more than
he, Sadat, had done. Sadat praised Begin's determination to pursue the
goal of the autonomy despite the internal
difficulties in Israel, Strauss said. He report-
edly agreed that the talks should continue at
the present pace and fashion until the end of
the year, completing h4f-a-year of negotia-
tions, in order to then re-evaluate the progress
Despite different references to the projected pace
of the talks, both Strauss and his Israeli counter-
part, Dr. Yosef Burg, described the talks as of
almost total agreement. "We are in accord, as we
found accord in Cairo, that in reviewing the pro-
gress of the autonomy groups we really are cer-
tainly up to schedule, if not ahead of schedule, with
respect to where we expected to be in September,"
We now move into what I have termed prev-
iously into second gear, or a bit of a quickened
pace, and we intend to do so by intensifying our
discussions on a far broader set of issues at a tech-
nical level. We hope those technical teams will be
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two prominent Palestinian figures on the West
Bank revealed their support for Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's peace intia-
tive but a third figure, who was also reported as supporting Sadat, has denied
upholding the Egyptian leader's initiative. According to a report last Thursday
in Yediot Achronot, the three Sadat supporters were Gaza Mayor Rashad
a-Shawwa, Beit Jalla Mayor Farah Sabah al-Araj, and Hebron Village Union
chairman Mustafa Dudin.
A-Shawwa noted that Sadat's initiative would, in the final analysis, im-
prove the status of the Palestine Liberation Organization in international
circles. In fact, he said, the meeting between United Nations Ambassador
Andrew Young and the PLO observer at the UN came directly as a result of the
moves taken by Sadat.
In response to a-Shawwa's statement in the Israeli Arabic daily, Al
Anba, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, headed by
Naif flawatma, issued a death threat to the mayor.
In an interview last weekend in the East Jerusalem daily, Al Quds,
a-Shawwa said his statement to Al Anba was grossly distorted. He maintained,
in the Al Quds interview, that the PLO is the sole and legitimate representative
of the Palestinian people.
Considered one of the most moderate public figures in the West Bank and
Gaza Strip, a-Shawwa's support for the autonomy
plan is considered essential. It is especially sig-
nificant if the self-rule scheme is to be tried in
Gaza before the rest of the administered ter-
ritories. Until now, the Gaza mayor has refused to
take part in the autonomy talks if they are not
publicly linked to an eventual scheme of full de-
termination. His statement issued over the
weekend clearly reaffirms this poSition.
On Tuesday, Bethlehem Mayor Elias Freij
came out in support of a confederation be-
tween a Palestinian state in the West Bank
and Jordan. The idea was worked out be-
tween King Hussein of Jordan and Palestine
Liberation Organization chief Yasir Arafat,
according to media reports abroad, although
Hussein in Paris on Monday declined to say if
he and Arafat favored a confederation.
Freij, in an interview with Israel Radio, said he
believes the majority of the people in the adminis-
tered territories accept the confederation idea. In a
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Stadium Is sue Splits
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Labor Zionist Bldg.
Acquisition of the Labor Zionist Institute, the build-
ing of the Detroit Labor Zionist Alliance on Middlebelt
between 12 and 13 Mile Roads, has been completed by
Cong. Mishkan Israel Nusach H'Ari-Lubavitcher Cen-
Rabbis Berel Shemtov and Yitschak Kagan,
abad-Merkaz leaders,,and Irwin I. Cohn, acting on
oehalf of a group of lay people who are among the lead-
ing supporters of the Lubavitch, stated that the sale was
completed last week under terms of an agreement
signed in May.
Lubavitch shared the Labor Zionist Institute
with the LZA in an arrangement of several years'
duration during which the Chabad school was
conducted in the Middlebelt building. Under the
purchase arrangements, the Lubavitch will occupy
expanded space for the movement's school
facilities, and the LZA will have until Jan. 15, 1980
to relocate its headquarters. Morris Lieberman of
the LZA said the building will continue to operate
under the present terms and conditions until it is
vacated by LZA.
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An estimated 50,000 persons attended this anti-
stadium demonstration in Jerusalem this year.
By SIMON GRIVER
World Zionist Press Service
JERUSALEM — Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek has
described the raging controversy over the construction of a
sports stadium in the northern suburb of Shuafat as the
most serious crisis in his 13 years in office. The Neturei
Karta religious sect feels so aggrieved by the proposed
stadium that they have announced plans to hold a "pulsa
dinura" ceremony in order to curse Kollek. This ancient
"rod of fire" ritual is an affair of kabalistic origin, in which
three rabbis burning black candles and blowing black
shofars bring down the wrath of every Jewish prophet since
Moses onto their victim.
At first glance, this bitterly fought issue seems minor.
But in actual fact, the question brings into confrontation
world outlooks so incompatible that they are bound to be
hard to reconcile. The secular and Orthodox communities
now find themselves face to face op the political playing
field, with Kollek as the reluctant and much-maligned
Over half of Jerusalem's Jewish population are
non-Orthodox Jews. For many of them the need for a
sports stadium has high priority-. Jerusalem is a na-
tional capital renowned for its high cultural
standards yet lacking a prestigious sports stadium.
The two existing stadiums hold no more than 7,000
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State Dept. Unhappy
Over Envoy's Votes
WASHINGTON (JTA) — The State Department has
disassociated itself from the votes of the American
representative to the United Nations HUitan Rights
Commission in Geneva, Ambassador Beverly Carter.
Carter last week voted for two resolutions unfavorable
to Israel and supportive of the Palestine Liberation Or-
The State Department declared that Ambassador
Carter was acting as an individual and had voted in "a
personal capacity" and "without instructions." Offi-
cially, the department contended to reporters, it would
have opposed both resolutions because they are contrary
to U.S. policy.
One resolution called for peace talks to begin im-
mediately between Israel and the PLO without pre-
conditions. It urged all other member UN states to "en-
able negotiations to begin immediately between Israel
and the Palestinian people through their representa-
tive, the PLO, to restore all rights" of self-
Carter was.one of 1.5 members of the UN Subcommis-
sion on Protection of Minorities to support this resolu-
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