RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Farid Sawan, representative of the
Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Arab League Office in
Brasilia have been warned by the Brazilian foreign minister that they
face possible expulsion for publishing and distributing a pamphlet
offensive to Premier Menahem Begin of Israel, in violation of Brazilian
The pamphlet was titled "Menahem Begin: The Story of a Ter-
rorist." Israel's Ambassador Moshe Erell filed a protest with the
Foreign Ministry demanding that "adequate measures" be taken
against the PLO representative.
He said the pamphlet is not only offensive to Israel's Prime
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of PLO Crimes
Minister but is "pure and simple anti-Semitic propaganda in the
style of a certain great European power," an apparent reference
to the Soviet Union. Erell charged that the PLO "is operating as
the right hand of that great power and is receiving instructions
Sawan circulated the pamphlets among students at the university
in Brasilia after the president of the university cancelled a lecture he
had been invited to give there by a leftist student group.
Brazilian law forbids offending the heads of foreign governments
and foreign diplomats are subject to expulsion for breaking the law.
Brazil is investigating the incident.
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British Asking EEC Support
to Grant the PLO 242 Status
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and drew a sharp rebuke from Premier Menahem Begin at a meeting with
British Ambassador Sir John Mason on Monday. The initiative is being
pressed by British Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington. He is expected to
seek support for his ideas at a meeting of the European Economic Commu-
nity (EEC) foreign ministers in Rome this week.
Carrington has suggested that the EEC promote an amendment to
Resolution 242 that would give the Palestinians political status. The resolu-
tion, adopted in 1967 and accepted by all parties as the basis for a Middle
East settlement, makes reference only to the Palestinian refugees. Car-
rington's amendment would also recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization as representative
of the Palestinian people. The PLO, for its part, would be required to recognize Israel.
At a meeting with Mason on Monday, Begin said Israel totally rejected Carrington's
approach. The same message was delivered to Carrington by the Israeli ambassador in
London, Shlomo Argov, last week. Begin, who saw Mason just before Mason's departure
from Israel to become high commissioner in Australia, claimed that the British proposal
would undermine the peace process by knocking out one of the pillars of the Camp David
accords, meaning Resolution 242. He said the idea "smells of appeasement" of powerful
Arab oil interests.
Begin flatly rejected the British as-
sertion that the PLO was becoming
more moderate. He claimed that, on the
contrary, it continues to practice ter-
rorism and its attacks on Israel would
WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Israeli embassy in San
worsen were it nor for the vigilance of
Salvador is shutting its doors at the end of next week. The
Israel's security forces.
Israeli attache, Aryeh Zur, was quoted as saying that the
Israeli diplomats in EEC capitals
shutdown was for "economic reasons." He declined to elabo-
have been striving to block the British
rate. However, according to sources here, the Israeli gov-
initiative. Their reports, coming back to
ernment felt it could no longer afford to pay for the three
Jerusalem, are uncertain as to what
bodyguards required to safeguard the embassy personnel.
success they have achieved. While the
In closing down its mission, Israel is the sixth govern-
diplomats say Carrington's proposals
ment to shut its diplomatic unit in El Salvador, where politi-
are still very much a "one-man show,"
cal violence has been steadily increasing against the gov-
they cannot predict how the EEC
ernment. South Africa, Japan, Switzerland, Great Britain
and West Germany previously had closed.
foreign ministers will react.
Israelis Are Closing
El Salvador Embassy
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JERUSALEM (JTA) — A British initiative that would alter Security
Council Resolution 242 to recognize Palestinian rights has alarmed Israel
Progressive Rabbi Is Ordained in Israel
By GIL SEDAN
JERUSALEM (JTA) — For the first time in the history of the state, a young Israeli was ordained Tuesday as a
Reform rabbi — serving in Israel.
The synagogue at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem was filled with men and women — a rare phenomenon
in Israeli synagogues — who celebrated together the ordination of Mordecai Rotem, 33, as a rabbi.
For many it was not just an important addition to the rabbinical corps of _the small community of Progressive
Judaism in Israel. For them it was a new stage in Israel's religious life, a breakthrough to Israel's Sabra generation, a
new brand of Reform Judaism — made in Israel.
The external expression of this change was the language. Whereas all of Rotem's teachers gave their
addresses either in English, or with a heavy Anglo-Saxon accent, Rabbi Rotem sounded just like any other
Sabra who was born in Haifa and studied in local schools.
Rotem completed his elementary and secondary education in the Leo Baeck School in Haifa.
In 1964, he went to the U.S. on a student exchange program, and spend half-a-year in Los Angeles. "It was there,"
he recalls, "that I made the most important decision in my life — to become a Progressive rabbi in Israel."
Upon his return to Israel he joined the "Or Hadash" Progressive Judaism community in Haifa. During his military
service he served in the IDF's Druze soldiers' unit, thanks to his knowledge of Arabic. He is now a captain in the I DF
Rotem completed his bachelor degree studies in Hebrew literature and Bible in 1972. The same year he
began his rabbinical studies at the Hebrew Union College, but continued with his university studies at
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Is Opened in Cairo
The first embassy of Israel in the
TEL AVIV (JTA)
Arab world was formally opened in Cairo on Monday. The
blue-and-white flag with the Star of David was hoisted over
a two-story tan building in the fashionable Dokki section of
the Egyptian capital at 10 a.m. local time and a plaque was
unveiled with the worlds "Embassy of Israel" in Hebrew,
Arabic and English.
The ceremonies were low key. The advance staff of the
Israeli diplomatic mission sang Hatikva as the colors were
hoisted. Some Egyptians watched from the terraces of
neighboring buildings but many passersby seemed un-
aware of the event.
Yossef Haddas, the Israeli charge d'affaires who heads
the embassy until Ambassador-designate El iahu Ben-
Elissar arrives in Cairo on Sunday, made a brief speech in
which he expressed the hope that other Arab countries will
follow the example of Egypt and make peace with Israel.
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