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VOL. LXXVI, No. 5 17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite 865, Southfield, Mich. 48075 424-8833 $15.00 Per Year: This Issue 35c
Oct. 5, 1979 .
Pope's Peace Plea Welcomed
By JOSEPH POLAKOFF
WASHINGTON (JTA) Fourteen members of the
House of Representatives have asked the Department of
Justice to investigate the activities of American black
leaders and possibly others who have been in communica-
tion with the Palestine Liberation Organization. A letter
originated by Rep. F. James Sensonbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.),
and signed by 13 other Congressmen, was addressed to
Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti.
The letter did not mention any individuals by
name, but pointed out that "in the past few weeks
certain U.S. citizens" had been in communcation with
the PLO both in the United States and in the Mideast.
The letter pointed out that "the Logan Act prohibits a
citizen of the U.S. from carrying on any unauthorized com-
munication with a representative of a foreign government
while attempting to influence that government in regard to
disputes and controversies with the United States."
Carter Administration officials made it clear that the
black leaders who met with PLO representatives, including
PLO chief Yasir Arafat, are not representing the U.S. gov-
ernment. In connection with the letter of the Congressmen,
another congressional source observed that the PLO is not
a government" and the act therefore may not be applicable.
"If violation of the Logan Act occurred," the letter said,
"immediate steps should be taken concerning the parties
involved. Continuation of such conduct will only lead to a
further lack of confidence in the conduct of our foreign
affairs by Congress and our allies around the world."
Sensonbrenner is a member of the House
Standards of Conduct Committee, popularly known
as the Ethics Committee. The cosigners of the letter
are mainly conservative Republicans.
This week, the Rev. Jesse Jackson continued his Mid-
dle East shuttle, visiting PLO chief Yasir Arafat in Beirut,
President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, King Hussein of Jordan
and President Hafez Assed of Syria.
Jackson told Arafat that their meeting could establish
"a beachhead" for U.S.-PLO discussions. Arafat told
Jackson, "We are very happy that you are here to give us
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UNITED NATIONS (JTA) — Pope John Paul II, in a major address to the
United Nations General Assembly on. Tuesday, called for a comprehensive
settlement of the Middle East conflict, implied approval of the Israeli-Egyptian
peace agreement and declared that a peace settlement "cannot fail to include
the consideration and just settlement of the Palestinian question."
He also spoke on behalf of the territorial integrity and tranquility of
Lebanon and reiterated the Vatican's position on Jerusalem, calling for a
"special statute" for that city.
Early in his speech, which he delivered in English, the Pope recalled his
recent visit to the former Auschwitz death camp and urged that "everything
that recalls those horrible experiences should . . . disappear forever from the
lives of nations and states, everything that is a continuation of those experi-
ences only in different forms . . ." He also declared that "All human beings in
every nation and country should be able to enjoy their full rights under any
political regime or system."
Israel is expected to soon send an official invitation to Pope John
Paul to come and visit, it was reported in Jerusalem on Wednesday.
POPE JOHN PAUL II
Yosef Ciechanover, director general of the Foreign Ministry, presented
an invitation when he was received by the Pope in the Vatican earlier this year. Now that the
Pope has expressed his intention to visit Israel, the invitation is expected to be renewed.
Pope Pius XI visited Israel 15 years ago, the only Pope to visit the Holy Land.
Political observers in Jerusalem reacted with satisfaction to the support the Pope gave the Camp
David accords and the peace agreement with Egypt in his UN speech, despite his reservations about
In his remarks on the Middle East, the Pope said: "It is my fervent hope that a solution also to the
Middle East crises may draw nearer. While
being prepared to recognize the value of any
concrete step or attempt made to settle the con-
flict, I want to recall that it would have no value
if it did not truly represent the 'first stone' of a
By YITZHAK SHARGIL
general, overall peace in the area, a peace that,
TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israel's chief of military intelli-
being necessarily based on equitable recogni-
gence, Gen. Yeshayahu Saguy, charged Tuesday that the
of the rights of all, cannot fail to include -
United Nations has understated the number of Palestinian
consideration and just settlement of the Pales-
terrorists active in the area under its control in south
Lebanon, claimed that there are now Cuban military units
The Pope said, "Connected with thiL
all over the Middle East, that new Soviet weaponry has
been introduced into the region and that Jordan is convert-
question is that of the tranquility, indepen=
ing its ground and air forces from defensive to offensive
dence and territorial integrity of Lebanon
within the formula that made it an example
Saguy said that according to Israeli estimates there
of peaceful and mutually fruitful co-
are between 500-700 terroritsts in the territory controlled
existence between distinct communities, a
Cuba, PLO Build-up
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A Festival of Many Symbolic Meanings
By RABBI SHMUEL HIMELSTEIN
(World Zionist Organization
Circling the Torah with the Lulav and
Etrog while reciting the Hoshana prayer
on Sukkot at Jerusalem's Western Wall.
The circling is done once every day and
as ven times on the seventh day.
JERUSALEM — The festival of Sukkot celebrates the fact that the Jews who left
Egypt lived in booths in the desert. As far as the actual composition of the sukka, it can
vary from the most flimsy, with "walls" of cardboard or blankets, to the most lavish.
There are in fact examples of sukkot, now on display in the Israel Museum, which were
transported from Europe. One of these is a beautiful wooden room with painted and
decorated walls and even a real window.
In, fact there are even sukkot nowadays that are complete in every detail, down to
having artificial heating! (Of course the fact that the "roo' must be made of vegetation of
some kind, leaving holes through which at least the stars can be seen at night means that
the heating unit has to compete against the elements).
It is commonly accepted that during Sukkot one eats all one's meals in the sukka,
but the truly pious spend all their time in it — including sleeping in it nightly.
Those who live in apartment houses have usually had to find a vacant area
downstairs or else have had to clamber onto the roof to find an area which was open on
which to construct their sukka. There is an old story of the Jew who built his sukka, but
found that an anti-Semite had complained to the police that it was an "illegal str.icture."
The judge decreed that it was indeed to be torn down, "within eight days."
In Israel, on the other hand, those who move into buildings which were built
specially for those who wish to observe this commandment will not find any problem.
Everyone has at least one balcony which is open to the sky. This is either done by a system
of staggering the balconies, or else by decreasing them progressively in size on the higher
floors. This means that every person has his own personal "piece of heaven."
Beathig Aravot (willow branches) on
the ground at Jerusalem's Western Wall
on the seventh day of Sukkot. This sym-
bolizes beating out the sins at the con-
clusion of the High Holiday season.