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November 28, 1980 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-11-28

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12 Friday, November 28, 1980

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Jewish Region?

STOCKHOLM (ZINS) —
According to figures derived
from the 1979 census in the
Soviet Union, Jewish popu-
lation of the Jewish Auton-
omous Region, Birobidzhan,
in Soviet Siberia, has de-
clined again. The 1979 cen-
sus lists 10,166 Jews in
Birobidzhan or slightly
more than five percent of
the region's population, ,'
which consists mainly of
Russians, Ukrainians and
Koreans.
Of those 10,000 Jews only
2,268 declared that ,Yj (I dish
was their first or p.
language.
The Soviet census of 1969
recorded 11,452 -Jews in
Birobidzhan, or less than
seven percent in a general
population of 172,499
people.
Birobidzhan was estab-
lished as a Jewish Authn i
omous Region by the Soviet
government in 1934. How-
ever, the government never
undertook -any measures to
encourage Soviet Jews to
emigrate there. Many of the
Jewish officials in Birobid-
zhan were executed on -es-'
pionage charges in the late
1930s and in 1952.

Secret Customer

WASHINGTON — Israel <
and China are on the verge
of signing a $2 billion con= \
tract for Israel to sell China
electronic and optical -
equipment, according to
Newsweek magazine.
_According to Newsweek,
Israel is also selling mili-
tary equipment to China on
a large scale and those sales
will help Israel double its._
military and aviation ex-
ports next year.
Newsweek said China
has been keeping the deals —,
secret because of its pro-
Arab stance:
Israel has since denied
the NewsWeek report.
Meanwhile, Israel's Deputy
Defense Minister Mor-
dechai Zipori said that Is-
rael' S military industries
and ancillary plants have
grown tremendously in the
past three years.

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JERUSALEM — Ameri-
can entertainer Perry Como
recently arrived in Israel to
film_a one-hour TV special <
for the ABC Network,
"Perry Como's Christmas in
the Holy Land," to be tele-
cast during December.
The TV special will follow
Perry_ Como's jr
through the land ofK Bi-
ble, and features Richard-- \
Chamberlain as a special
guest star and Israeli singer
Ilanit.
On arrival, Como was-
presented with an olive
wood bound Bible by "`
Amnon Gilad of the Israe3—/
Tourism Administration.'
Said Como, "It -is incredible
to be walking around on the
same ground we've read
out, heard about, all our
lives. It inspires a feeling of L \
humility, just being here." ,

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