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February 27, 1981 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-02-27

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

$600,000 Is Returned to Libya

(Continued from Page 1)
Department three weeks
ago said the Libyan gov-
ernment was "supporting a
wide range of terrorist
groups in every area of the
globe" and arranged assas-
sinations of dissidents
abroad.
Jewish organizations and
individuals have com-
plained to Georgetown Uni-
versity since Libya made its
original contribution and
also have been critical of
qeorgetown's acceptance of
:lore than $31/2 million from
seven other Arab countries
for the center which is con-
sidered anti-Israeli.
Only two weeks ago,
Rabbi Andrew Baker and
Lawrence Goldmuntz of the
Washington chapter of the
American Jewish Commit-
tee protested to Georgetown
about the Arab support.
Georgetown's .
president, Rev. Timothy
personally
Healy,
brought the check for
$641,721 dollars to the Li-
byan Embassy and gave
it to Ali Houderi, the em-
bassy's head. Healy said,
"I was under absolutely
no heat and no pressure"

to return the money "but
it worried me. I guess I
am just kind of slow to
move. But I came to a
growing realization that
what Libya is up to is in-
compatible with
Goergetown."
The professorship-in the
Arab program will continue
unchanged, the university
said. It is held by a
Palestinian-born historian,
Hisham Sharabi. He was
quoted as saying that the
Libyans were "very decent,
very thoughtful, very con-
siderate, very correct" in
financing the professorship
to the extent of $715,000
dollars over a five-year
period.

Michael Hudson, director
of the Arab studies center
who reportedly had been in-
strumental in having Libya
make the gift and strongly
defended it, was quoted as
saying, "We never felt any
pressure from the Libyan
government" on use of its
money. Hudson was among
the Americans who
attended a seminar in Libya
on ways to advance the
Arab points of view against

Measures Asked to Counter
Widening of Arab Boycott

NEW YORK — The panies against boycott de-
American Jewish Congress mands.
has called on Secretary of
"Under the Internal
the Treasury Donald Regan Revenue Code, every
to take "forceful counter- taxpayer doing business
measures" following a reso- with a country that par-
lution adopted by the Is- ticipates in or cooperates
lamic Conference in Taif, with an international
Saudi Arabia, last month to boycott must report that
widen the boycott of Israel. fact on its federal tax re-
Will Maslow, general turn," Maslow explained.
counsel of the AJCongress "Such participation or
said his organization had cooperation will mean
written Secretary Regan the loss of certain foreign
urging an investigation by tax credits," he noted.
the Treasury Department to
The E-xport Administra-
determine which countries
have joined the Arab tion Act requires American
Companies to notify the
boycott.
"By law, the department Commerce Department of
is required to add those any boycott request and for-
countries to its statutory bids the issuance of nega-
list of boycotting states," tive certificates of origin,
Maslow said. "Forceful racial or religious discrimi-
counter-measures by our nation against trading
government are required to partners and other boycott
protect American corn- actions.

Iraq, PLO Gave Support
to Salvador Guerrillas: U.S.

WASHINGTON (JTA) —
Documentation was made
public at the State Depart-
ment that Iraq and the
Palestine Liberation
Organization have sup-
orted the guerrilla move-
ent in El Salvador.
- -.
to
the
- According
documentation, the guer-
rilla leaders received
$500,000 in cash from Iraq
and selected Salvadorans
received training from the
PLO..
The documentation on
"Communist interference in
El Salvador" was presented
to buttress the Reagan Ad-
ministration's contention
that there is military sup-
port from the outside
against the government of
El Salvador which is backed
-by the United States.

A summary said that
the Unified Revolution-
ary Directorate (DUR)
representative met with
PLO head Yasir Arafat in
Managua, Nicaragua on
July 22, 1980.
"Arafat promised mili-
tary equipment, including
arms and aircraft," the
summary said. It also said
"A Salvadoran guerrilla
leader met with Fatah lead-
ers in Beirut in August and
November and the PLO has
trained selected Salvado-
rans in the Near East and in
Nicaragua."
Regarding Iraq, the
documentation said that
last Sept. 24, Salvadoran
guerrillas received and dis-
tributed $500,000 in a
"logistic donation" from
Iraq.

Israel and conducted a
seminar at Georgetown
which he said was modelled
on the lines of the Libyan
program.
The Rev. Michael Walsh,
chairman of the university's
board of directors, said the
board's 10-member execu-
tive committee had unani-
mously approved return of
the money.
In 1978, Georgetown re-
turned to Iraq its check for
$50,000. Besides the seven
Arab governments con-
tributing, the center has re-
ceived gifts from a score of
American corporations that
do business in the Middle
East.

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New Press Law

Friday, February 21, 1981

Israelis Express Concern
for Jewish-Arab Relations

JERUSALEM — The
Knesset passed a law Mon-
day that makes it a crime to
copy, publish or read the
private correspondence of
anyone without their per-
mission.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — sions between the groups.
Former President Ephraim He cited as examples ex-
Katzir has urged Israel's pressions of racial hatred,
Jews and Arabs to work to- an anti-Arab report pre-
gether to develop the coun- pared by a senior Interior
try since the fate of both Ministry official, and a
groups is linked to the fate statement attributed to
of the nation. Katzir spoke Minister of Commerce and
to some 500 Jews and Arabs Industry Gideon Patt tel-
at a Mapam-organized con- ling Arabs who were un-
vention Feb. 14 aimed at happy in Israel to "take a
improving Jewish-Arab re- taxi across the bridge to
lations in Israel.
Jordan."
The meeting ended with
Victor Shemtov, secre- the establishment of an
tary general of Mapam, Arab-Jewish Public Council
said the meeting was called and the scheduling of a
in response to "warning larger , convention this
signals" of mounting ten- spring.

It also prohibits the pub-
lication of embarrassing
photographs, even of public
figures.
Newsmen in Israel com-
plain that the new law is so
general that it invites abuse
from officials applying it.
They say it prohibits pub-
lishing criminal arrests
until an indictment is re-
turned. Some believe the
law is a result of the Abu-
Hatzeira bribery case. •

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