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July 25, 1980 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-07-25

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Friday, July 25, 1980 13

Palestinians Eligible for Olympics; Arafat
at Moscow Games Amid Crackdown on Jews

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Is- cially opened to "housec-
raelis are upset by the In- lean" cities holding Olym-
ternational Amateur pic events of any "undesira-
Wrestling Federation's ac- bles," it was reported by the
ceptance of a Palestinian National Conference on
team — "Falastin" — as a Soviet Jewry (NCSJ).
non-national associate elig- Among those classified as
ible to compete in the Mos- "undesirables" were Jewish
cow Olympic Games. But activists.
they are divided over
According to the NCSJ,
whether an Israeli presence many were told that July
in Moscow might have and August were good
blocked recognition of the months to "take a vacation."
Others were flatly ordered
Labor MK Orah Namir, to leave their city or face
ho heads the Knesset's prosecution.
Sports Committee, observed
Of all the five Olympic
that Palestine Liberation cities, the persecution of
Organization chief Yasir Jewish activists has been
Arafat paid an official visit most severe in Kiev, accord-
to the Olympic Village in ing to the NCSJ. In April,
Moscow on Sunday eight Ivan Gleinik was sentenced
years after PLO terrorists to one year in prison for al-
massacred the Israeli team leged "hooliganism."
at the Munich Olympics.
In May, five Kiev re-
Charging that the world fusniks,
has forgotten the horrors of Knizhnik,
the Munich massacre,
Kanevsky, Bernshtein
Namir announced that she and Zubko were arrested
would convene her commit-
by the police. Kanevsky
tee to consider possible Is-
was taken to prison;
raeli reactions to the recog-
Zubko and Knizhnik
nition of the Palestinian
were sentenced to 15
days in jail and the rest
"Falastin," now a
were released after one
'member of five interna-
tional sports federations
Earlier this month Val-
— weightlifting, table
tennis, handball and , ery Pilnikov, a Jewish ac-
tivist, was sentenced to five
basketball, in addition to
wrestling — is eligible for years of hard labor for al-
legedly assaulting his
membership in the Inter-
national Olympic Com-
mittee although it repre-
The last few months have
sents neither a state nor a been extremely difficult for
Jewish activists, refusniks,
Meanwhile, the KGB, the and Jews applying to emi-
Soviet secret police, used grate from the Soviet
the last few weeks before Union, the NCSJ reported.
the Olympic Games offi- Soviet authorities have al-

ready indicated that exit
visa offices in the Olympic
cities, as well as in some
major Soviet cities with a
high concentration of Jew,s
will neither accept applica-
tions for emigration, nor
process applications al-
ready submitted, from now
until September.
As of July 10, Moscow has
been off limits for all Soviets
except those who can prove
they live and work there.
Earlier this month mil-
lions of Soviet television
viewers were warned of
alleged Western plans to
use the Olympic Games
for espionage and the dis-

tribution of subversive
An hour-long docomen-
tary entitled "Lies and
Hatred" said Western
"Zionist and pro-fascist"
groups, directed by the Cen-
tral Intelligence Agency in
the United States, were
planning acts of psychologi-
cal warfare, subversion and
The program attacked
movements in defense of
Soviet Jews, including
those on behalf of Anatoly
Shcharansky. It also be-
rated human rights activist
Andrei Sakharov for
"shielding" Shchanransky.

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U.S. Consulate Permits
Anti-Israel Demonstration

Foreign Ministry spokes-
man says that Israel will
ask the United States Em-
bassy in Tel Aviv why it
allowed a demonstration to
go on for several hours at its
consulate in East.
Jerusalem in support of
Arab security prisoners now
on a hunger strike at the
Nafha Jail in the Negev.
The spokesman called it a
"strange and unprece-
dented step."
A consulate spokesman
acknowledged that some 40
relatives and sympathizers
of the hunger strikers were
invited into the consulate
garden where they met with
a senior official and pre-
sented a petition. The con-
sulate spokesman said that
this had been agreed to in
advance on the request of
prominent West Bank per-
sons." But he said the consu-
late was surprised by the
large number of demon-
strators who turned up.
He said he could not say
why the presentation took
two to three hours.
Meanwhile, prison
authorities have moved
26 of the striking prison-
ers from the prison near
Mitzpeh Ramon to the
Ramel Central Prison.
Eleven of these decided
to start eating and the

other 15 were fed in-
travenously but repor-
tedly without the use of
However, Leah Zemel, a
left-wing lawyer, claimed
that the prisoners were mis-
treated and were forced to
sleep on the floor of their
cells. She claimed some
prisoners were beaten, a
charge denied by the war-


The hunger strike was
started last week by 75 pris-
oners, all convicted of ter-
rorist activities. Prison
authorities claimed the
strike was politically moti-
vated and directed from the
eutside. They said condi-
tions at the Nafha Prison
are the same as in other Is-






Haifa Hosts
Folklore Festival

800 performers from 12
countries, including the
United States, Great Brit-
ain, France, Spain, Holland,
Finland, Greece, and the
Philippines will take part in
the one-week international
folklore festival is under the
auspices of the Interna-
tional Council of Organiza-
tions of Folklore Festivals.


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