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December 18, 1981 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-12-18

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24 Friday, December 18, 1981

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

House Adopts Foreign Aid Bill

WASHINGTON (JTA) —
The House adopted by a
222-184 vote last week a bill
authorizing $5.7 billion • in

foreign aid of which one half
goes to the Middle East.
The bill provides for Is-
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year that began Oct. 1 and
for 1983, the same amount
it received last year — $1.4
billion in military assis-
tance and $785 million in
economic aid. All of the eco-
nomic aid is a grant and
$500 million of the military
assistance is a direct credit,
meaning it is forgiven.
Egypt's appropriations
will be the same in the next
two years as in the 1981 fis-
cal year. This includes $900
million in military assis-
tance, of which $100 million
is forgiven, and $750 mil-
lion is economic assistance,
all of it a grant.
the bill deleted all
appropriations for Syria.
An amendment provided
up to $7 million to aid in
the rehabilitation of
Lebanon. The bill also
specified that $11 million
in each year can be used
for special requirements
in the Middle East, such
as regional cooperative
agricultural, health,
energy and educational
- projects.
Of this amount, $4 mil-
lion can be used for projects
that would promote
regional cooperation be-
tween Israel and Egypt with
other Middle Eastern coun-
tries.
The voting saw a reversal
of the party positions that
characterized previous
votes on foreign aid in
which Republican opposi-
tion had prevented adoption
of a foreign aid bill since
1979. Rep. Peter Peyser
(D-N.Y.), noting that he has
voted for all previous
foreign aid bills, said that
he opposed this bill in pro-
test against the Reagan
Administration's cuts in
domestic programs.
A House-Senate confer-
ence committee will have to
work out differences be-
tween the House measure
and an earlier Senate bill
which authorizes $5.8 bil-
lion in foreign aid. The
funds for Israel, Egypt and
other Middle Eastern coun-
tries are not expected to be
effected.

'Gallipoli' Director Weir Learns
of Joseph Trumpeldor's Exploits

By HERBERT LUFT

(Copyright 1981, JTA, Inc.)

HOLLYWOOD — "Gal-
lipoli," the latest
Australian-made motion
picture to come to the Un-
ited States, is a story about
the sacrifice of young men
in war.
It deals with an event on
the sideline of World War I,
when the British were
employing a contingent of
Aussies to cover their land-
ings at the Dardanelles for
their attack on Turkish pos-
itions in 1915.
Peter Weir is the director
of "Gallipoli" and the film's
two stars, Mel Gibson and
Mark Lee, are both in their
early 20s.
Until Weir had visited
the battlefield of Gallipoli
where so many Australians
had died 65 years earlier,
had done considerable re-
search on the subject mat-
ter, studied Bill Gammage's
book "The Broken Years"
and the official history by C.
E.W. Bean as well as David
Williamson's screen treat-
ment, he had never heard of
Joseph Trumpeldor, the
Russian-born, Jewish hero
of the very same campaign.
It was Trumpeldor with
his Zion Mule Corps who set
an example of heroism in
the struggle for the
strategic positions of the
Dardanelles, the gateway to
Istanbul and the heart of
Turkey.
It is sad that neither the
contributions of the Jewish
Palestine corps in WWI nor
the efforts of the Jewish
forces from Palestine in
WWII had ever been recog-
nized by the British empire.
When Moshe Dayan died,
the British didn't even send
a representative to his fun-
eral even though he had
fought for them and lost an
eye in their service.
"RAGTIME," the new
motion picture from the
novel by E.L. Doctorow,
spreads out before us a
richly-woven canvas of the
early 1900s when America
was in transition: au-
Lebanon Reaps
tomobiles were replacing
War Benefits
horses, the nickelodeon was
JERUSALEM (ZINS) — becoming a new form of en-
There are Arab reports that tertainment, and waves
Lebanon's economy has upon waves and immig-
benefitted greatly from rants from Central and
seven years of warfare in Eastern Europe were arriv-
ing at Ellis Island.
the country.
The reports say that
Accentuated by the rag-
200,000 Lebanese that have time music, the movie re-
emigrated send $150 mil-
lion per month to relatives
in Lebanon; Middle Eastern Academy Elects
support to various military Composer and
factions in Lebanon
amounts to $25 million per an Historian
month; hashish remains
NEW YORK — Composer
Lebanon's main cash ex-
port, with an estimated 30 Leonard Bernstein and his-
percent of its income coming torian Arthur Schlesinger
Jr. have been elected to the
from the drug trade.
American Academy of Arts
Finally, the Lebanese
government has announced and Letters.
The 50-member academy
that it will pay for damage
done to homes in Israeli
is the upper body of the In-
commando raids. United
stitute of Arts and Letters,
Nations sources say that the which has a membership of
Saudi-financed offer has led 250. Both Bernstein and
many Lebanese to destroy Schlesinger were members
their own homes in order to of the institute before being
make a profit.
elected to the academy

flects a kaleidoscope of
human emotions, passions
and pity, love and hate, and
immense tragedy.

The story begins episodi-
cally: with Pittsburgh mil-
lionaire playboy Harry K.
Thaw (portrayed by Robert
Joy) gunning down society
architect Stanford White
(portrayed by novelist
Norman Mailer); with Eve-
lyn Nesbit (Elizabeth
McGovern) meeting a
bearded Jewish peddler
(Mandy Patinkin of
"Evita") who is destined to
become a silent movie pro-
ducer — to turn surpris-
ingly to a black piano
player (brilliantly por-
trayed by Howard Rollins)
who is soon to be involved in
a relentless vendetta with a
group of firefighters who
have done him wrong.
"Ragtime" is a cinematic
achievement of the highest
order. Director Milos For-
man guided more than 100
players, with James Cagney
in a mere cameo role-as New
York Police Commissioner;
with scores of craftsmen
from Hollywood and British
film studios, and with Czech
camera director Miroslav
Ondricek, who had showed
the Oscar-winning Forman

the subleties of photo-
graphy first some 20 years
ago in his native Prague.
Forman is a native of Cas-
lay, Bohemia. His father
was a schoolteacher, re-
serve officer and Jewish. He
died in Buchenwald in 1944,
and his wife perished in Au-
schwitz a year later.

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