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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-06-12

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Friday, lune 12, 1981

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

7itolvut Vice

Israeli Looks to Wimbledon

By MOSHE BEN YOSEF

World Zionist Press Service

JERUSALEM — Israel's
under-18 women's junior
tennis champion Rakefet
Binyamini recently won
both singles and doubles ti-
tles at the Israel Tennis
annual
Association's
international
Pesach
championship. It was held
at the Ramat HaSharon
tennis center.
Rakefet also won the girls
singles title at the Interna-
tional Tennis Federation's
junior world ranking circuit
under-18 tournament in
RAKEFET BINYAMINI
May. It was inaugurated
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four years ago, and this is ensure her entry in this
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the first time one of its tour-. year's junior Wimbledon
naMents was held in Israel. tournament in July.
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Rakefet was the first Israeli
to win the ITF meet.
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JERUSALEM (ZINS) —
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A THORNY PROBLEM: The Israel government is
now quietly facing a thorny problem. The problem has to do
with the infiltration into Israel of members of the American
black sect which calls itself "Original Hebrew Israelite
Nation" — better known as "Black Hebrews."
They come in groups as tourists, but once in the coun-
try they refuse to leave it. They remain in Israel illegally,
declaring themselves as "the true Jews" and denouncinsY_
the Israelis as "mere trustees of the land." They assert th /
they are direct descendants of the patriarchs Abrahani,
Isaac and Jacob, and claim that they are "children" of the
lost 10 tribes who, they say, have been exiled from the Land
of Israel for their sins and condemned to wander through-
out Africa where they were sold into slavery to America.
They vow to replace the Israelis with many thousands
of blacks "returning to the Promised Land." Their leader
and "Messiah" — a former drop-out from the Marshal High
School in Chicago, where the sect was born — told the press
that "the Lord ordered me in a vision to take possession of
the Land of Israel." He boasts that 2,000,000 blacks would
come from the United States "to wrest the Land of Israel"
from the present Jewish inhabitants. In Chicago the name
of this 40-year old "Fuhrer" — who is the absolute dictator
of the Black Hebrews — was Ben Carter, but in Israel he
"modified" his name to Ben-Ami Carter.
-At present there are about 2,000 Black Hebrews in
Israel. They occupy sections of thlee important cities in the
Negev — Dimona, Arad and Mitzpa Ramon. They consti-
tute a problem of great concern. The government could
deport them under the Israel law as infiltrators living in
the country illegally. However, no action has so far been
taken against them.

* * *

REVERBERATIONS IN U.S.: The issue has already
had reverberations in the United States among American
blacks. A delegation of prominent leaders of the black
community in the United States — representing "Black
Americans to Support Israel" — proceeded to Israel to in-
vestigate the situation. The delegation Was led by Bayard
Rustin, known for his friendship to Israel.
After spending about two weeks in Israel researching
the problem and its repercussions, the delegation, came out
with a report stating that the problem is "difficult and
complicated" but has nothing to do with racial bias. "From
all evidence we have heard," the report said, "including
that from the Black Hebrews, we conclude that official
racism plays no part in this sensitive problem."
* * *
RECOMMENDATION ON THE ISSUE: In the
opinion of the American delegation of black leaders, con-
tinued inaction on the part of the Israel government to
define the status of the Black Hebrews creates a condition
with serious legal, social, political and human rights impli-
cations. It also exacerbates intergroup relations in
America, the delegation asserts.
The delegation reveals that it has suggested to the U.S.
ambassador in Israel to prepare an instruction sheet for
detained U.S. citizens and to make them available to the
detained. It also recommended that no U.S. national should
be deported until an official from the embassy or consulate
has been on the scene long enough to determine the reasons
for the expulsion and has been able to talk to the affected
person.
The delegation also offered recommendations to the
Black Hebrew community in Israel, to be acted upon im-
mediately and prior to the basic policy decision as to the
future of the Black Hebrews in Israel. The recom-
mendations include:
• The Black Hebrew Community should not permit an
increase in its membership except by childbirth.
• It should cooperate with Israeli authorities by refus-
ing admission to the BHC to any person who entered Isral
by illegal means.
• It should cooperate with the Israeli authorities 1., ),
registering births and deaths.
• It should assist the government to maintain a com-
plete and current census which will identify each adult by
original name as well as by his or her new religious name.
The delegation reports that it heard a number .of
statements of criminal activiity on the part of members of
the Black Hebrews, and that these came not only from the
police but also from former members of the community of
Black Hebrews. It recommends that a special inquiry be
conducted by American Black leaders into the fact that the
leader and "messiah" of the Black Hebrews, Ben-Ami Car-
ter, ruling the sect as an absolute dictator, denies human
rights to the members of the sect.
Carter has a record of conducting vitriolic propaganda
against Jews in the United States.

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