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May 15, 1981 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-05-15

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Friday, may

13, 19t11


Writers, Artists Voice Opposition
to Sale of Weapons to the Saudis

NEW YORK — Twenty-
nine members of Writers
and Artists for Peace in the
Middle East, including Saul
Bellow, E. L. Doctorow,
John Kenneth Galbraith,
Norman Mailer, Arthur
Miller and Barbara
Tuchman, sent a letter
which was printed in the
New York Times this week,
criticizing the U.S. proposal
to sell enhanced equipment
for F-15s and AWACS
planes to Saudi Arabia.
The lengthy letter stated
in part:
"Only three years ago,
when the Saudis were ini-
tially provided with the
F-15s, these add-ons were
pledged to be withheld pre-
cisely because they were
seen to endanger Israel.
"If America's word is
so transitory, if it can be
reversed and repudiated
so casually, then what of
our credibility
everywhere, among both
friends and enemies?
"Such a-n erosion of trust
in our promises can only

serve to exacerbate Mideast
tensions. It can harden Is-
rael's position on peace
terms. It will certainly
encourage a new Mideast
arms race — something not
in the interest of any of the
countries in the region, or of
the U.S.
"And it will not lessen by
one iota the real danger the
Saudis face: internal revo-
lution. Has our leadership
learned nothing from Iran?"
Meanwhile, Julius Be-
rman, president of the
Union of Orthodox Jewish
Congregations of America,
announced that his organ-
ization and its affiliated
synagogues throughout the
country will do anything
and everything" to assure
that the Reagan Adminis-
tration plans to sell arms to
Saudi Arabia do not see the
light of day.
"We will not cut cor-
ners in our opposition to
such a dangerous pro-
posal for fear of upsetting
a relationship with a new
Administration," Be-

Top French Official Accused
of Collaborating With Nazis

PARIS (JTA) -- A top
French official, Maurice
Papon, director of the Office
of Budget and Manage-
ment, is accused of having
collaborated with the Nazis
during the German occupa-
tion of France in-sending
French Jews to concentra-
tion camps and ultimate
Papon, who held Cabinet
rank in the government of
President Valery Giscard
d'Estaing, was charged by
the French satirical weekly,
Le Canard Enchaine, with
having willingly helped the
Nazis in 1942 and 1943.
A Gaullist Deputy and a
former Paris Police Corn-
missioner, Papon served at
the time as No. 2 man in the
office of French Vichy ap-
pointed governor of Bor-
Papon said that he had
served the Vichy ad-
ministration as a career
civil servant and had
helped many Jews avoid
deportation. He said that
the left-wing paper was
trying to smear him as
part of its electoral cam-
paign against Giscard.
The weekly claims that
Papon served in Bordeaux
as the man in charge of
Jewish affairs and was in-
strumental in sending 1,690
Jews to German concentra-
tion camps. The investiga-
tive magazine published
several official letters
signed by Papon during the
Vichy era requesting police
help in conveying the ar-
rested Jews to a transit
camp in France where they
were due to be handed over
to the Germans.
The weekly conceded that
Papon also intervened on
behalf of a number of local
Jews. It says a group of 19
Jewish children were re-
leased thanks to PaponS ef-
forts on their behalf and an-

other group of 20 adults
managed to avoid deporta-
Nazi-hunter Serge
Klarsfeld said that his
Jewish Documentation
Center has several letters
and memorandums
signed by Papon during
the war years in his offi-
cial capacity which con-
firm the accusations by
Le Canard Enchaine.
Papon has served four
successive French adminis-
trations in top capacities
and is considered one of the
key men in Giscard's re-
gime. He is a:commander in
the French Legion of Honor.

Herzliya Hotel
Offers Training
Course in Israel

NEW YORK — Israel's
booming tourist industry
and construction of new
hotels have created a large
demand for professionally-
trained personnel in the
field of hptel administra-
A comprehensive course
in hotel administration in
Israel is now accepting
applicants from North
America. The Central
School for Hotel Training at
the Tadmore Hotel in
Herzliya is offering an 18-
month progtam, free of
charge, leading to a diploma
awarded by Israel's Minis-
try of Labor, Ministry of
Education and Culture and
Ministry of Tourism.
Since lectures at the
school are in Hebrew, a
working knowledge of the
language is required. An in-
tensive ulpan (Hebrew lan-
guage course) is offered to
students accepted into the
For information about the
course write Avraham
Frank, 515 Park Ave., New
York, N.Y., 10022.

rman declared. "Let'
Washington know that
the entire Jewish com-
munity is at one on this
A resolution calling on
the U.S. Congress to disap-
prove the Reagan Adminis-
tration's proposed sale of
advanced weaponry to
Saudi Arabia was adopted
by acclamation by the New
York State Assembly last



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