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September 19, 1980 - Image 21

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-09-19

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Polish Turmoil
Delays Jewish
Theater Tour

turbulent situation in Po-
land, recently hit by strikes
of shipyard workers and
miners, has delayed the Is-
rael tour of the Jewish State
Theater of Poland which
had been scheduled for next
Szymon Szurmeij, man-
- ger and artistic director,
and Jerzy Romanski, head
of the theater and folklore
department of the Polish
Artists Agency (Pagart),
stressed, at a press confer-
ence here last week that the
postponement . was only
The two officials, who ar-
rived in Israel to make final
arrangements for the tour,
said the Polish Jewish The-
ater would visit Israel next
April in the course of a
world-wide tour that will
take it to the U.S., Canada,
'Mexico, France, Belgium
and Britain.
At another press confer-
ence, Stefan Grayek,
chairman of the Polish
Jewish Association, an-
nounced that the internal
situation in Poland has also
forced the postponement of
the visit to Israel by the
Polish Minister of Religious
Affairs, Jerzy Kovarski. He
was due here early in Oc-
tober to chair a session of
the Janusz Korczak Inter-
national Memorial Corn-
mittee but requested that
this be delayed until the be-
ginning of January. His ar-
rival then is assured,
Grayek said.

Friday, September 19, 1980 21



Iraqi Weapons
Worry Begin

Premier Menahem Begin
warned last week of recent
arms acquisitions by Iraq
which, he said, were of
major strategic signifi-
He referred particularly
to Iraq's purchase of 1,200
tank transporters, mainly
from West Germany. This
would enable Baghdad to
deliver a powerful armored
force, intact, to Israel's
northeastern front in the
event of a new war, the
premier noted.
There was every reason to
expect Iraq to participate in
such a war, he said. It had
participated in all past
encounters — and indeed
had suffered because of its
tanks had had to make their
ty to the front on their
Regarding Iraq's nuclear
program, Begin said Israel
was doing "all we can" to
thwart it, and would con-
tinue to do so.
Begin spoke of accretions
to Syria's armed strength,
too. He revealed that the
number of Soviet advisers
in Syria had recently dou-
bled — to more than 5,000.
Syria could now field more
than 3,000 tanks, he said,
and its pilots had begun to
fly the Russian-supplied
MIG 25 jets hitherto flown
only by the Soviets them-

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