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September 11, 1981 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-09-11

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24 Friday, September 11, 1961


Viennese Jews Seek Stricter British Realtor Fires Jew
Measures to Nab Terrorists in Drive for Kuwait Loan -

VIENNA l.JTA) — Repre-
sentatives of the Jewish
community here have called
for stricter measures to de-
tect and apprehend ter-
rorists and criticized Au-
stria's present policy as too
Edmund Preiss, vice
president of the Vienna
Jewish Community Coun-
cil, charged Chancellor
Bruno Kreisky with pursu-
ing a one-sided policy re-


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garding the Middle East
situation and that this pol-
licy was creating a favora-
ble climate in this country
for terrorists to attack Jews
and non-Jews who are
friends of Israel.
Preiss emphasized that
this criticism of the chancel-
lor does not therefore neces-
sarily mean that Austrian
Jews automatically support
any kind of Israeli foreign

Preiss also called for
increased surveillance of
"potential attackers, the
Arabs living in Austria."

Meanwhile, Interior
Minister Erwin Lanc said
that in the near future all
4,000 Arabs residing in Au-
stria will have to report to
their local police stations
where their work permit
and immigration papers
will be checked.

In time, even a bear can
learn to dance.

LONDON (JTA) — Brit-
ain's second biggest real es-
tate company has been
found guilty of dismissing
its only senior Jewish em-
ployee while trying to ob-
tain a big loan from Kuwait.
A three-member indus-
trial tribunal upheld the
complaint of 44-year-old
Anthony Simmons that he
had been the victim of racial
discrimination when he was
fired as assistant company
secretary by MEPC, a year
• The case is expected to
cause a sensation in Brit-
ain's real estate world in
which Jewish-owned com-
panies are prominently re-
presented. It has also focus-
sed attention on the lengths
to which some British
businesses might be pre-
pared to go for Arab finan-
cial backing.

MEPC, whose direc-
tors include Angus
Ogilvy, a cousin of the


Announces with pride and pleasure



Thursday evening, September 17, 1981
6:00 P.M.


19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn, Michigan

For the establishment of the


Perpetual Scholarship Fund

Guest Speaker:

Former Vice President of
The United States


Honorary Chairman

William C. Marshall, President Michigan State AFL CIO


Donald Ephlin
Robert Holmes, Sr. — Morris Lieberman

Dinner Co Chairmen


Goldie Eskin

Executive Regional Director

He was dismissed in Sep-
tember 1980 when the com-
pany was seeking to raise
cash for a Euro-dollar issue
from the Kuwait Interna-
tional Investment Co.
MEPC had told Simmons he
was being dismissed be-
cause he had become superf-
luous and that he was no
longer regarded as qualified
for promotion.
However, two of the three
members of the industrial
tribunal rejected this ex-
planation and concluded
that the real motive was
connected with his being
Simmons, who had not
been asked about his reli-
gion on joining MEPC, is a
member of a Reform
synagogue and has never
visited Israel.

Although this is not the
first case in which British
firms are suspected of
having discriminated
against Jewish em-
ployees while stepping
up their contracts with
the Arab world, it is be-
lieved to be the first in
which such an act of dis-
crimination has been
proved in court.

There was, however, no
proof that MEPC's Arab
business partners had re-
quested Simmons' dismissal
and the tribunal passed no
judgement on whether
MEPC had come under such
pressure or had fired him
It remains to be seen
whether the court will
award Simmons damages or
costs. On dismissing him,
MEPC gave him severance
pay, a year's salary, a com-
pany car and other benefits.
His legal costs so far are cal-
culated at between 5,000
and 10,000 pounds. He has
not found an alternative full
time job and had had to
move into a smaller house
in order to fight the case.
He said that he had
fought the case not for fi-
nancial compensation but to
clear his professional name
and to prove that he had
been treated unjustly.

Weizmann U.
Dinner in N.Y.
to Honor Women

Douglas Fraser, President UAW

Dinner Chairman

Boardman, honorary
treasurer of the Conser-
vative Party, had hired
Simmons, a lawyer, as its
assistant company secre-
tary early in 1973 and had
told him he might even-
tually become company

NEW YORK — A delega-
tion of female scientists
from the Weizmann Insti-
tute of Science will be hon-
ored at the annual dinner of
the institute's Anierican
Committee on Oct. 18 at the
Sheraton Center Hotel.
The delegation will re-
present the 184 women who
participate in the full range
of the 600 research projects
currently being undertaken
at the institute. Nearly 35
percent of the Weizmann
Institute's scientific staff is

Anal Brith Activitie


-LODGE will have an eve-


the guest speaker and Eve-
lyn Orbach will present a
satire, "Female Images."
There is a nominal charge
for luncheon.
• • •
REY-UT UNIT will have
a road rally Sept. 19. There
is a charge, and non-
members are invited. For
required reservations, call
Barbara Jonas, 544-0292; or
Kenny Tobes, 557-2189.
• • •

ning of Italian food and
music 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at
Roma's of Bloomfield. There
is a charge for members and
guests. An additional
charge will be added for per-
sons ordering broiled white
fish. For reservations and
information,' call Program
Chairman Ike Benaim,
354-1357. The lodge will
have a board and general
membership meeting 8:30
p.m. Thursday in the Lan- LODGE will hold its first
caster Hills Apts. club meeting of the 1981-1982
house. The Youth Services season 8:30 p.m. Thursday
Appeal and other Bnai -at the Jewish War Veterans
Brith programs will be dis- Headquarters, 16990 W. 12
cussed. Light refreshments Mile. Highlights of the eve-
will be served.
ning include: a speaker on
• • • „,
"Israel Today"; honoring of
FRANCES SOLOVICH members celebrating birth-
CHAPTER will hold a road days in August and Sep-
rally 8 p.m. Sept. 19. temter; horiciring of Mel
Friends are invited. For re- Case and Mitch Robins "for
quired reservations by Sun- outstanding new member
day, call Gerri Cyrulnik, achievement"; musical
553-3239. A general meet- entertainment provided by.
ing will be held 8 p.m. Sept. Lillian Freedland and her
21 in the home of Lorraine troupe. Refreshments will
Newman, 31037 North be served. Friends and pro-
Park Dr., Farmington Hills. spective members are in-
Harvey Bronstein, profes- vited.
• • •
sor of business administra-
tion at Oakland Commu-
nity College, will speak on have a general meeting 7:30
"Personal Finance. Hus- p.m. Sept. 20 in the Zionist
bands and prospective Cultural Center. The slate
members are invited. For for next year will be chosen.
details, call Ms. Newman, For details, call Paula Zale-
sin, 642-0392. There will be

• • •


reservations are still avail-
able for its prospective -
member cocktail party 8
p.m. Sept. 21 in the home of
Thelma Victor, 10535 Ver-
non, Huntington Woods.
Rides will be provided for
women in the Huntington
Woods - Oak Park area who

are interested in joining.
For reservations, call Ella
Modell, 967-3157; or Ina
Sky, 399-1717.
• • •
will meet noon Wednesday

in the Sutton Place Apts.
club house. Program Vice
President Dorothy Ball an-
nounces Ida Nathan will be

a board meeting 8 p.m. Sept.
24 in the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Dennis Simon, 20990
Winchester, Southfield. For
details, call the Simons,
352-3232; or Co-Presidents
Elanna Broder, 553-0139;
or Sharon Karbal, 682-
• • •
will hear psychologist
Helen Eder 7:30 p.m. Sept.
20 at the Southfield Civic
Center. Ms. Eder will speak
on "Stress in the '80s." Re-
freshments will be served.
Friends are invited. There
is a charge, and reserva-
tions are required. For
reservations, call Ted
Frazis, 968-7318; or Arlene
Blumberg, 851-2246.

• •

Bnai Brith Delegates to Hear
Sen. Levin at Conference

Michigan Sen:Carl Levin
will address the 112th Bnai
Brith District 6 Convention
at the opening session at
7:45 p.m. Sunday at the
Hyatt Regency Hotel in
Following Sen. Levin will
be Dr. William Korey, di-
rector of policy research for
Bnai Brith International

Delegates will attend
five sessions at the con-
vention. Interspersed
among the sessions will
be various breakfasts
and luncheons culminat-
ing in a banquet includ-
ing installation of offi-
cers, dancing and
entertainment Tuesday

The A NLO Jazz Company
will entertain Monday.
There will be two excur-
sions for delegates' families.


One will go to Metro De-
troit's outstanding shop-
ping areas and another to
Greenfield Village. Regis-
tration is still open for dele-
gatei and information is
available from Charles
Gordon, Bnai Brith Met-
ropolitan Detroit Council
director, 552-8177.

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