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August 21, 1981 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-08-21

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

PLO Bombing in Rome Stirs Press, Officials

By LISA
PALMIERI-BILLIG

ROME (JTA) — Official
government circles and the
press are expressing anger
at the bombing two weeks
ago of the El Al office at
Rome Fiumicino Airport.
The press emphasized that
Italy must not be the stag-
ing ground for a conflict not
of its making: Typical of the
press reaction was the
commentary in Il Tempo:
"Again we must deplore
e fact that political con-
icts between different
countries find their drama-
tic theater of violence in our
country — as if we ourselves
didn't have enough vio-
lence, bombs and terrorism
of our own."
All the newspapers which
reported the bombing inci-
dent, for which the Palesti-

mediately denied any
knowledge of or in-
volvement in the terrorist
act, the Italian press
hammered home the
point which it has been
focusing on in the recent
period: the various fac-
tions, splinters and
split-offs from the PLO,
which seem to act as ri-
vals at various times, in
reality provide a division
of labor between the offi-
cial and diplomatic seg-
ments of the PLO and its
political and action
squads.
The Italian media re-
emphasized that many
Palestinian terrorists are
trained and armed by the
Soviet Union with the help
of Libya.
The press also noted with
dismay that the Sunday
bombing was apparently
coordinated with similar
bombings against Israeli
installations in Athens and
Vienna the following day.
cial supreme court In Athens, two bombs
against any person or
exploded outside the Israel
group that interferes diplomatic mission which
with an individual's civil
caused minor damage and
rights by promoting ra-
no injuries.
cial hatred. The court
In Vienna, two bombs
could issue an injunction
exploded in a garden adja-
to prohibit racist activi-
cent to the Israel Embassy.
ties.
One woman was slightly in-
The act would also allow jured by flying glass. The
prosecution under sum-
incident in Vienna followed
mary conviction and pro-
the arrest of two Palesti-
vide for maximum fines of nian gunmen there a week
$2,000 or six months in
earlier.
prison for individuals, or
$10,000 for a corporation or
a society.
There are already anti-
racist provisions in the
Canadian criminal code and
the British Columbia anti-
discrimination code.
Williams' bill is meant to
close whatever gaps there
are in the existing codes.

nian "May 15th Organiza-
tion" terrorists have
claimed responsibility, re-
ferred to a statement to the
press by the Israel Embassy
in Rome. The Israeli dip-
lomatic representatives
reminded Italy that a Pales-
tine Liberation Organiza-
tion official stationed in
Rome told a press confer-
ence last February that
there was an agreement be-
tween the PLO and Italy
exempting Italy from Pales-
tinian terrorist actions
against Israel.
The fact that this
agreement, which was
reached after a terrorist
attack in 1973 on an El Al
plane at the airport, was
broken has angered offi-
cial circles. While the
Palestine Liberation
Organization im-

Although no one was
killed or injured in the
bombing of the El Al
office in Italy, the inci-
dent nevertheless cast a
pall on at least one
Israel-related event in
Rome: the annual sum-
mer festival performance
of the Israeli "Shalom"
dance group. Last year,

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TEL AT (JTA) — The
overseas Instruction de-
partmc of Solel Boneh,
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firr 'ecently was rated
r among construction
operating abroad by a
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ects, hotels and industrial
enterprises in the Anamba
district of Nigeria.
The enterprise employs
840 Israelis, 660 of them
abroad, and another 40,000
local employees hired in the
nine countries in Africa and
Latin America in which the
enterprise is presently
operating.

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Likud Climbing
in Popularity

TEL AVIV (JTA) — The
incumbent Likud team
heading the governmen`
has gained support allies'
the public since the e" -
lic
tions, according to a
in
opinion poll publiF .
the Jerusalem Post
Premier Men:: :m Be-
gin's popularity • -ias 45.3
percent just befov the dif-
ficult coalition greement
was reached two weeks ago
(up from 43.7 percent just
-fore the elections), while
_is runner-up was Yitzhak
Rabin (15.0 percent) fol-
lowed by Shimon Peres
(10.4 percent). Ariel Sharon
received 39.5 percent as de-
fense minister, followed by
Rabin with 14.2 and Haim
Barley with 8.8 percent.
Yitzhak Shamir narrowly
led Abba Eban by 27.3 to
23.3 percent as choice for
foreign minister, while
Yoram Aridor received 35.9
percent as finance minister,
against 16.8 percent for
Labor's candidate Haim
Ben-Shachar.

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TORONTO (JTA) — A
landmark civil rights bill
which could effectively out-
law the Ku Klux Klan has
been introduced by British
Columbia's Attorney Gen-
eral Allan Williams. The
Civil Rights Protection Act,
the first provincial law of its
kind in Canada, prohibits
the promotion of hate prop-
aganda or doctrines of
superiority based on race,
religion or ethnic origin,
Williams explained.
The opposition New
Democratic Party hailed
the measure and promised
to push for swift passage in
the legislature.
Williams has been under
pressure from opposition
members to take action
against the KKK in British
Columbia. The KKK re-
cently conducted cross-
burnings and has spread
hate propaganda against
natives of India in the prov-
ince.
The new act will permit
civil action in the provin-

some 6,000 people
attended the perform-
ance, but this year only
1,500 attended.
The Rome daily, "Il Mes-
saggero" noted that this ex-
cellent group "merited a
bigger audience," and added
that "evidently, fear drasti-
cally reduced the
attendance."

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