as a Legacy
THE JEWISH NEWS
A Weekly Review
Commentary, Page 2
of Jewish Events
Editorials, Page 4
VOL. LXXVI, No. 21
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Jan. 25, 1980
Begin Supports Olympic Ban
as Soviet Emigration Drops
Israeli Scholars Examine
Egyptian Geniza Artifacts
TEL AVIV — Following the request by President Yitzhak Navon of
Israel to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to•allow an Israeli delegation to
attempt to locate and examine the ancient Jewish writings and books still
in Egypt, an Israeli delegation organized by Israel's National Library
visited Egypt on a preliminary investigation in December.
One of the members of the Presidential delegation was Tel Aviv
University Prof. Moshe Gil, expert on Geniza (depository of Hebrew
documents before burial).
"There is no doubt that large numbers of Jewish writings are still
located in Egypt, particularly in the cemeteries," Prof. Gil said. "Karaite
writings are still in the Karaite synagogue. And in the synagogues, among
the books that we were able to examine, were many very old texts.
Revealing and compiling the Jewish writings still left in Egypt is a matter
for the state level to address and to reach an agreement with the Egyptian
Begin paid tribute Wednesday to exiled Soviet civil rights fighter, Andrei
Sakharov. Begin opened a Knesset session with a special statement prasing
Sakharov as one of the "bravest people of our time." He noted that Sakharov had
given up a scientific career which had given him world fame to fight for the "basic
and sacred human rights." Begin praised Sakharov's fight for the Prisoners of Zion.
"From the podium of the Knesset we send him our blessing, and we demand to release
him . . . We join free people throughout the world in this demand." The Knesset voted to hold a
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TEL AVIV (JTA) — Premier Menahem Begin said Tuesday night that he would ask his
Cabinet to recommend that Israel boycott the Olympic Games in Moscow and press for their
transfer to a site outside the Soviet Union. He made his statement to reporters following a
40-minute meeting in Jerusalem with U.S. Ambassador Samuel Lewis.
Begin said he understood President Carter's position on the Olympic Games and in fact
supported it. But he pointed out that the decisions on this issue are made by the Olympic
committees and goyernments can only make recommendations. He said he would propose
that his governnt6nt recommend a boycott to the Israeli Olympic Committee and that he
would support not sending the American team to Moscow unless the Soviets pulled their
forces out of Afghanistan.
The Israeli Olympic Committee has taken the position that it would be unwise to make
any decision before the U.S. Olympic Committee acted.
Black Asks Jews to Help End Rift
WASHINGTON — National Urban League President Vernon E. Jordan Jr. appealed to Jews on
Tuesday to help end the debate that has split U.S. blacks and Jews in recent months. Jordan made his
appeal in his "State of Black America 1980" speech in Washington.
"The plain fact is that blacks and Jews have too much in common with one another to remain at
odds," Jordan said. He specifically urged Jews to accept the U.S. Supreme Court decision, which he
called "so precisely in favor of affirmative action," in Weber vs. United Steelworkers of America. The
ruling, he said, should provide the base "for a stand on affirmative action that could be supported by both
Jews and blacks."
Jordan's 297-page document, containing reports by authorities on the status of black
America, dealt with economics, education, politics, housing, crime, social services, energy and
the family as well as with black-Jewish relations.
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NEW YORK (JTA) — International hearings will be held in Stockholm May 2-3 to examine new
information about the fate of Raoul Wallenberg, the long-missing Swedish diplomat.
Guy von Dardel, Wallenberg's half-brother, reported last Friday at a press conference at the
Swedish Cultural Center in New York that he had been in Israel and Moscow investigating new leads
and interviewing Soviet authorities about Wallenberg who, as a Swedish diplomat, helped to save the
lives of thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis during World War II.
Wallenberg was arrested by the Red Army in 1945 and has not been heard from since. In 1947, when
inquiries were made by the Swedish government, the Soviet Union said he was not in Russia and said he
had probably died during the fighting in Budapest.
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scription of the visit of an Israeli delegation seeking Jewish writ-
ings in Egypt.
The issue of black-Jewish relations has grown in importance since the resignation of Andrew
Young as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations last August. "It seems proper to acknowledge," he
said, "that the traditional alliance between blacks and Jews that had already been strained over the
issue of affirmative action was further weakened in the wake of the incident."
Responding to Jordan's appeal, two Jewish leaders praised his efforts in attempting to reduce
black-Jewish frictions but said they did not agree that the Weber case was decisive.
Rabbi Alexander M. Schindler, president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, said "If
there is to be a black-Jewish consensus on what affirmative action does and does not mean, it can come
only in the give and take of frank and free discussion that strengthens mutual understanding and builds
Since then, information indicating Wallenberg is alive has
emerged and the Stockholm hearings will seek to update all such
information, von Dardel said. Sponsored by the Swedish Commit-
tee to Free Raoul Wallenberg, the Stockholm hearings will be a joint
undertaking with the International Sakharov Hearings. Partici-
pants at the Stockholm hearings will include Gideon Hausner, pro-
secutor of Adolph Eichmann; British MP Greville Jarmer; and
Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal.
Others at the press conference here were Bengt Friedman, Swedish
Consul General; author Elie Wiesel; actress Vivica Lindfors, Bess Myer-
son, and members of the Wallenberg committee — Leona Biorck-Kaplan,
chairman, and Elizabeth Moynihan.
In 1957, after additional inquiries, the Soviet government offered a
different answer. The then deputy foreign minister, Andrei Gromyko, said
Wallenberg had been imprisoned in Moscow and had died in July 1947.
The "evidence" in support of that statement was a handwritten report
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