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December 25, 1981 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-12-25

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Friday, December 25, 1981 15

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

News Notes from Around the World

By WARREN FREEDMAN

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NEW YORK — In Oc-
tober 1981 the Jewish com-
munity of Zimbabwe (for-
merly Rhodesia) celebrated
its 50th anniversary. Spe-
cial services were held at
the Shaarei Shalom
Sephardic Synagogue in the
city of Salisbury. Unfortu-
nately, the state of Zim-
babwe has not yet recog-
nized the state of Israel
which was born 32 years be-
fore Zimbabwe attained its
independence.
Latest figures show 300
Sephardim and 400
Ashkenazim citizens of
Zimbabwe.
*
Max Weinreich (1894-
1969) is the author of the
monumental "History of the
Yiddish Language," pub-
lished by the University of
Chicago Press. In 833 pages
this eminent scholar con-
centrates heavily on the
technical linguistics, but at
the same time presents a
new specter of major trends
in Jewish history during the
last thousand years.
The grandeur of Yid-
dish is evident in the fol-
lowing proverbs: "If the
rich could hire others to
die for them, the poor
would make a nice liv-
ing." "The Lord, when he
wants to punish an ig-
noramus, inspires him
to mouth some piece of
learning." "If things
don't get better, depend
on it, they will get worse."
"Ever since dying came
into fashion, life hasn't been
safe." "If God were living on
earth, people would break

His windows" and "God will
provide — if only God would
provide until he provides."

* * *

In the USSR, Jews can
serve as members of the
Central Committee of the
Communist Party. Two who
do are Veniamin Em-
manuelovitch Dymshitz,
who is also a deputy Soviet
prime minister, and Lev
Mordkovitch Volodarsky,
who is Minister of the Cen-
tral Statistical Directorate.
Soviet Jews in high posi-
tions include Lev
Borisovitch Shapiro, a
member of the _Central
Committee; Alexander
Borisovitch Chakovsky,
editor; Colonel-General
David Abramovitch
Dragunsky, member of the
Central Auditing Commit-
tee; Prof. Georgy Alexan-
drovitch Arbatov, adviser
on American affairs; and
Georgy Emmanuelovitch
Tsukanov, presidential
assistant.

* * *

Montreal, Quebec, has
just opened a "Palesti-
nian information office"
at the headquarters of
the Centrale de L'En-
siegnement du Quebec,
(-the French teachers
union) on St. Lawrence
Boulevard. The office's
director is Edmond Om-
ran, a Canadian citizen
who allegedly migrated
from "Palestine."

* *

By HASKELL COHEN
Inc.)

A fact that Israeli basket-
ball officials have been try-
ing to cover up for some time
- has come into the open and
some of these officials are
quite alarmed.
The Associated Press,
this month, filed a story out
of Tel Aviv which detailed
the means and methods em-
ployed by Israel basketball
teams in the various na-
tional leagues in the Holy
Land to cover up the fact
that many of the players are
not Jewish and described
the methods in which they
got to Israel.
The writer for the Associ-
ated Press went into detail,
spelling out every little
schtick employed and de-
vised by Israeli basketball
people in getting these Gen-
) tile players to perform for
them.
A representative from
Tel Aviv Hapoel was
quoted in the story as to
how their strongest com-
petitor, the perennial Is-
raeli champion Maccabi
Tel Aviv, went out of its
way to sign up Jack
Zimmerman and then
tried to palm him off as
being Jewish. Zimmer-
man is a devout Catholic,
who graduated from
Dayton University. His
uncle is a priest at the

Israel Exporting
Cotton Flour

HAIFA (JNI) — The
Miluot Co. has completed
contracts to sell low-fat,
protein-rich cotton flour to
Mexico and Europe.
The flour is normally
mixed with wheat flour in a
1:4 ratio.
Miluot, owned by several
Galilee settlements, will
export 15,000 tons of cotton
flour to Europe this year.
The company also produces
cottonseed oil, chocolate
additives and photographic
emulsifiers from the cotton
plant.

Jamaican life: Jews have
been members of the Privy
Council, the Legislative
Council, mayors of Kings-
ton and St. Andrews, resi-
dent magistrates, justices
of the peace, as well as
numerous other gov-
ernmental positions.
Sir Neville Ashenheim
served as Jamaican Am-
bassador to the United
States.
In Kingston, at the corner
of Duke Street and Charles
Street, is a beautiful
synagogue accommodating
600 worshippers. Sand is
strewn over the floor like
Sephardic synagogues in
Amsterdam, Curacao,
Panama and the U.S. Vir-
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Jamaica has been the site
of Jewish settlement since
1655 when the British took

,Israel Basketball Recruiting
Violations Reported by AP

(Copyright 1981, JTA,

over the island from the
Spanish. The principal pilot
upon whom the British Ad-
miral Penn relied in their
attack was a Marrano, Cap-
tain Campoe -Sabbatha.
Another secret Jew or
Marrano named Jose
Acosta superintended the
commisary for the British
troops under General Ven-
ables, and was the chief
negotiator in the Spanish
surrender of Jamaica.
After 1655 Jews from
Brazil, Surinam, Curacao,
Barbados, Holland,
England and France settled
in Jamaica. During the past
-Century Jamaican Jewry
came from Egypt, Germany,
Canada, England and the
United States.
Indeed, Jews have been
prominent in all facets of

Catholic school and
serves as the basketball
team's captain.
According to the AP dis-
patch, Israeli basketball
teams have arranged for Is-
raeli women, in return for
financial renumeration, to
marry non-Jewish
ballplayers so that they
could qualify to play. The
rule concerning foreign
players states that if a per-
former is married to a
Jewish woman he is eligible
to play on a national league
team.
The wire service dispatch
, goes on to state that the
Knesset is investigating the
situation and is trying to
come up with some recom-
mendations concerning in-
coming basketball players.

Downward Trend

TEL AVIV (ZINS) — He-
brew University Prof.
Robert Bachi says that
Jewish populations
throughout the Diaspora
are in a state of decline. He
said that only in Israel do
births exceed deaths.
He said the Diaspora
population did not decline
between 1946 and 1972 be-
cause of a post-Holocaust
"baby boom," but since that
time there was been a
downward trend.

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