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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-08-29

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10 Friday, August 29, 1980

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Mrs. Power Sees Silver Lining in the Blackness of Copenhagen

(Continued from Page 1)
we knew from the outset,
were nearly inevitable —
given the current dynamics
of international affairs.
I am convinced that in
the long run neither the
anti-Israeli poletics, nor

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the final vote will weigh
much in the scale of
things. The Camp David
peace process was not
hindered by what hap-
pened in Copenhagen
and a successful conclu-
sion of that process
would eventually certify
the folly of such anti-
Israeli theatrics.
It does credit to the U.S.
delegation and speaks well
of the U.S. policy posture
that while we defended Is-
rael every step of the way,
we have done that without
lowering ourselves to accord
merit to the aNii-Israel
arguments. Instead we
have, again and again, re-
jected those arguments not

only because they were ob-
jectionable but also because
they were irrelevant.
Impartial observers, or
even 'ones with little sym-
pathy to our positions, must
admit that the U.S. delega-
tion acquitted itself Well for
steadfastly trying to focus
the conference's attention
on genuine feminist issues.

Countless resolutions
germain to womb-con-
cerns, the entire World Plan
of Action, with the excep-
tion of those few objectiona-
ble paragraphs, attest to our
success and to the success of
those from developed as
well as developing countries
who were not willing to

regret" to the Anti-
Defamation League of Bnai
Brith for seeking informa-
tion about religious prefer-
ence on biographical infor-
mation forms used in con-
nection with American par-
ticipation in the World Con-
ference of the UN Decade
for Women.

"

In response to an ADL
complaint that this was an
"invasion of privacy,"
Judith P. Rooks, acting di-
rector of the Office of the
U.S. Secretariat for the
World Conference, declared
that she concurred in the
view that individuals
should not be required to
identify themselves as to

* * *

Religion
on Conference
Form Regretted

NEW YORK — The State
Department has expressed

religion, unless they did so
anonymously.

Explaining that the forms
were prepared to determine
whether a broad spectrum
of women of different back-
grounds were involved irk
the varic us regional confer-
ences preceding the World
Conference, Ms. Rooks said
that although participants
were not required to fill out
the forms or could do so
anonymously, "I regret that
the religious preference
question was included."

She noted that partici-
pants may have shared
ADL's concern, since many
of them did not complete
that part of the form.

* * *

UN Ignores Gains of West Bank, Gaza Women

nificant progress in health
conditions. And for the first
RAMAT-GAN — Dele- time, women in the ter-
gates from the PLO, Arab ritories enjoy complete civic
states and the Third World and political equality with
sought to focus the atten- men, having been granted
tion of the recent Copenha- the right of suffrage in April
gen Conference on the con- 1976.
Since the beginning of Is-
dition, of women in Judea
and Samaria — the so- raeli administration in
called West Bank — and 1967, there has been a 93
Gaza. What they did not percent increase -in the
discuss was the remarkable number of Arab girls
improvement in the status attending schools. The
and living conditions of number graduating from
these women resulting from high school has doubled and
Israel's benign administra- the number of young women
applying to study law,
tion.
The changes brought engineering and medicine
about by the Israelis are has risen markedly. -
Vocational training
many and indisputable.
New educational oppor- programs for girls, which
tunities have multiplied in did not exist under the
number and range of Jordanian occupation of
studies available. Statistics Judea-Samaria — or the
issued by the World Health Egyptian occupation of
Organization attest to sig- Gaza — have also been in-

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loss. In this sense, we did
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mained respected for our
leadership.
Those, in contrast, who
succeeded in inserting those
objectionable references,
have only gained a pyrrhic
victory, because in the eyes
of women everywhere they
will be blamed for sabotag-
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troduced.
During the past 13 years,
general medical services
and especially those relat-
ing to gynecology, mater-
nity and child health care
have been upgraded and ex-
panded beyond all recogni-
tion.
In Judea-Samaria, mat-
ernal and child health care
centers increased from 23
(in 1967) to 57 (in 1979),
while in Gaza, where no
centers existed, there were
20 in 1979.
Hospital deliveries in
Judea-Samaria increased
from 13.55 percent in 1968
to 40.3 percent in 1978, and
from less than 10 percent in
the Gaza Strip-Northern
Sinai district to 61 percent.
Infant mortality, which
was one of the highest in
the territories (in Gaia
the death rate prior to
1967 had been over 160
per thousand live births)
has dropped to the lowest
level in the Middle East
(except for Israel) as the
following statistics show:
Infant mortality for every
1,000 live births: Israel,
22; Judea-Samaria, 42;
Gaza Strip, 47; Lebanon,
59; Jordan, 86; Syria, 93;
Egypt, 116; Saudi Arabia,
152.
In all administered areas,
existing hospitals were up-
graded. Obstetrics, gyne-
cology and pediatrics de-

partments in the few hospi-
tals where ttey existed were
completely renovated. In
most hospitals, they were
added for the first time.

Diptheria and whooping
cough immunization was
given 80 percent coverage,
oral polio 80 percent cover-
age in Judea-Samaria and
90 percent in Gaza-
Northern Sinai. In addition,
vaccination programs for
measles, tuberculoses and
rubella were initiated by Is-
rael authorities. Physi-
cians, mediC'al and para-
medical personnel were all
increased and low-cost com-
prehensive family health
insurance programs intro-
duced. Indicative of the rad-
ical change in women's
standard of living is the in-
crease in the number of
households with modern
household appliances.

In 1967, only five percent
of homes in Judea-Samaria
possessed a gas or electric
cooking stove, as compared
to 65.6 percent (84.1 percent
in the towns) in 1978. In
.1967, only five percent of
the households in Judea-
Samaria had an electric re-
frigerator; in 1978, 35.8
percent (77.6 percent in the
towns). In 1967, only two
percent of the households in
Judea-Samaria had a TV
set, in 1978 the figure was
41.1 percent (73 percent in

the towns). The figures for
the Gaza district are com-
parable and statistics for
such items as washing
machines, radios and sew-
ing machines are equally
impressive,
These changes have oc-
curred at a dizzying pace
and have brought the fruits
of modern living into a tra-
ditional and patriarchal
society.

This has caused prob-
lems which may be ac-
centuated because Israel,
in accordance with in-
ternational law, has
scrupulously refrained
from altering the reli-
gious legal framework
which governs the per-
sonaLlives of the local in-
habitants.
The main challenge con-
fronting the women of these
territories is that of synth-
esizing two worlds and life-
styles: how to assimilate the
cultural changes without
sacrificing traditional val-
ues, how to adopt the liber-
ties offered by the new so-
cial order while still living
within the framework of the
old. How will the pervasive
changes affect established
family and communal rela-
tions?
It is regrettable that the
World Conference of
Women did not explore
these important questions.

French Blast Israelis for Raid

PARIS (JTA) — France
has accused Israel of disre-
garding international law
and carrying out "preven-
tive strikes" in Lebanon
which endanger peace and
stability. French Foreign
Ministry spokesman Jean
Bressot said that Israel's
raid Aug. 18 in southern
Lebanon "cannot be consid-
ered a reprisal but is a pre-
ventive strike."
The French government
also issued a communique
accusing Israel of not only
endangering Lebanon's ter-
ritorial integrity and stabil-
ity but of worsening the
situation within the entire
Middle East. The com-
munique said Israel's raids
in Lebanon were "running
contrary to the EEC's at-
tempts to restore peace in
the area."

.

The French blast is one of
the harshest leveled at Is-
rael in recent years and was
reported personally ap-
proved by President Valery
Giscard d'Estaing. The
French appealed to the
other EEC member states to
press Holland to transfer its
embassy from Jerusalem to
Tel Aviv, reportedly claim-
ing that Israel's raids in
Lebanon show "Israel in-
transigency."
The French govern-
ment's communique fol-
lowed the disclosure that
a French engineering
concern, Thompson -
CFF, has just won a $1 bil-
lion contract to set up an
electronic industry in
Iraq.
The Iraqi government's
contract with the French
concern provides :for the ,

creation of a sophisticated -
electronic industry which
will produce communica-
tion equipment, radar and
military devices. The com-
pany last year signed a
similar contract with Saudi
Arabia where work has re-
portedly already started on
a radar plant. and a factory
for the production of air-to-
air milliles.
Iraq has become one of
France's main trading
partners in the Middle East,
swapping oil for combat
planes, helicopters, nuclear
material, missiles and
enriched uranium. It is
France's second largest oil
supplier after Saudi Arabia.

Time consecrates and
what is gray with age be-
comes religion.
.
,— Schiller
,..„

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