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August 01, 1980 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-08-01

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6 Friday, August 1, 1980


Israel Adopts. Jerusalem Basic Law Despite International Pressure

(Continued from Page 1)
stitutions would give
Jerusalem special priority
in their economic, financial
and other operations. A spe-
cial body, or bodies, would




342-7801 ___

be set up to implement these
The Law Committee in-
troduced a last-minute
change, in an amendment
agreed on earlier this week.
One clause states The cus-
toms practiced by the var-
ious communities within
their holy places would re-
main inviolate."
However, at the request
of Premier Menahem Begin
that clause was voted again

and changed for fear it
might prevent future
prayers of Jews on the Tem-
ple Mount (presently for-
bidden), and would encour-
age strife between sects
such as the Copts and the
Ethiopians who for years
have had a conflict over a
part of the Church of the
Holy Sepulchre.
Instead, the committee
approved a generally-
worded clause with


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On Tuesday in Washing-
ton, the Carter Administra-
tion expressed "logical con-
cern" that Egypt would
again break off the Gaza-
West Bank autonomy talks
if the Knesset adopted the
At the same time, the
Carter Administration
would not express criticism
of Egypt's harsh condemna-
tion of Israel in the special
session of the United Na-
tions General Assembly
where it supported the reso-
lution demanding that Is-
rael abandon East
Jerusalem. Nor would the
Administration criticize
UN Secretary General Kurt
Waldheim's statement Fri-
day favoring a Palestinian
state and PLO participation
in negotiations without
prior acceptance of Israel's
right to exist.
These developments fol-
lowed a leaked report that
Secretary of State Edmund
Muskie indicated deep con-
cern to President Carter
and his Cabinet that Israeli
actions on Jerusalem and
West European refusal to
oppose the Arab resolution
against Israel jeopardized
the peace talks. In addition,
in a CBS television inter-
view, Muskie indicated
Egypt might walk out of the
autonomy talks if the Knes-
set adopts the Jerusalem



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and addressed to Jihan
However, State De- Sadat, says, "There can be
partment spokesman no possible justification for
John Trattner later said Israel's planned annexation
that while that would be of the Holy City."
Mrs. Bourguiba called on
"a logical concern," he
did not believe Muskie Mrs. Sadat to act, as we
had "first-hand knowl- know that you have always
edge" that Egypt would cared about your husband's
prestige and that of Egypt."
quit the talks.
The Tunisian president
Mayor Teddy Kollek of
Jerusalem cautioned has been seriously ill for the
American Jewry against last few years and his wife
"attempts, not only by our has sometimes filled in for
enemies, to undermine the him on top level diplomatic
unity of our capital city assignments.
* * *
The oblique criticism,
which was seen as directed Venezuela Plans
at the United States for vac- to Move Embassy
illating and weak position it
has taken on the issue of
expressed regret
Jerusalem both inside and
outside the United Nations, Tuesday over the decision of
was contained in a letter to the government of Ven-
Rabbi Joseph Sternstein, ezuela to remove its em-
president of the American bassy from Jerusalem to Tel
Zionist Federation.
Venezuela decided to take
Meanwhile, two North
African leaders generally this step following "unilat-
described as moderates, eral measures" in
Moroccan King Hassan and Jerusalem, referring to the
Tunisia's President Habib Jerusalem bill adopted
Bourguiba, asked President Wednesday in the Knesset
Anwar Sadat of Egypt "to and Menahem Begin's in-
use utmost determination" tention to move the Prime
to try and prevent the proc- Minister's office to East
lamation of Jerusalem as Jerusalem.
A statement issued by the
Israel's capital.
Hassan, in a message Israel Foreign Ministry on
issued in his capacity as Tuesday said the decision
president of "The Islamic was especially painful,
for since it was taken by a coun-
try with whom Israel was
Sadat's attention to the keeping friendly relations
fact that "Israel has de- for many years. "The deci-
fied the sentiments of all sion can only serve the
trends of the rejectionist
Moslems and has chal-
lenged their dignity by countries, and those who
proclaiming Al Kuds (the wish to make the peace
Arab name for process fail."
A message to that effect
Jerusalem) the capital of
handed Tuesday to
the Zionist entity during
the sacred month of Venezuela's envoy in
Ramadan." Hassan, who Jerusalem, Luis La
has generally supported Corte.
The Foreign Ministry
Sadat's peace plan,
called on the Egyptian communique said that
president to take a de- Jerusalem will continue to
termined stand on be- be Israel's one and eternal
capital and that its gates
half of all Moslems."
Bourguiba, in a personal will be open in the future to
letter wirtten by his wife all peoples and religions.

BB Cachet Honors Jewish Veterans

WASHINGTON — The many without benefit of
Jewish War Veterans of trial and suffering from vio-
America are the honored lations of basic human
subjects on the cachet of a rights," Stone said.
first-day cover issued by the
Bnai Brith Philatelic Serv-
Israel, Greece
ice in connection with the
Sign Agreement
new Veterans Administra-
tion stamp, issued July 21.
The cachet honoring the and Israel recently signed
Jewish War Veterans de- an agreement for coopera-
picts the National Shrine tion in the field of tourism,
and National Headquarters which aims to encourage
building in Washington. tourism between the two
Meanwhile, JWV Na- countries as well as promot-
tional Commander Harris ing combined tours of both
B. Stone has expressed out- nations for tourists from
rage over the holding of other parts of the world, ac-
more than 40 Americans in cording to the Israel Gov-
Cuban jails. "At a time ernment Tourist Offices.
when our attention is fo- It is hoped that Egypt will
cused on Cuban refugees join the agreement in the
coming to our shores in future, which could combine
search of freedom, we must the three main centers of
not forget the Americans ancient civilization in one
who are being held in Cuba, tourist framework.



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