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January 08, 1982 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-01-08

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Only 3 Currencies Kept
Pace With Israeli Inflation




The U.S., Canadian and
Swiss currencies were the
only ones that kept pace
with inflation in Israel in
1981, which was approx-
imately 103 percent. The
precise figure for inflation
will not be released by the
government until next Fri-
The U.S. dollar rose in
value, in nominal terms,
against the Israeli shekel by
106 percent during 1981.
The figure for the Canadian
_dollar was 107 percent and
the Swiss franc 104 per-
The British pound
fared one of the worst, show-
ing a 65 percent increase
against the shekel — a seri-
ous fall in real terms.
The Histadrut and the
National Employers Asso-
ciation agreed last Friday
on a five percent wage raise
payable from January
salaries. This is the fourth
such rise since April 1980
and is intended to compen-

sate for "erosion" of salaries
that occurs despite the
periodic cost-of-living ad-

One such periodic COL
adjustment is also due for
January salries, so that
wages will in fact rise on
Feb. 1 by some 23 percent
(The COL hike for the last
quarter of 1981 was
around 18 percent.)

In April, new wage con-
tracts are due in most of the
economic sectors.
The end-of-the-year re-
ports showed that invest-
ment in stocks — almost a
national pastime in Israel
— was a profitable activity
on the average during the
year just ended. Share
prices on the Tel Aviv Stock
Exchange rose by more than
20 percent in real terms
(i.e., after taking account of
Stock exchange profits
are non-taxable under Is-
raeli law.

El Salvador Jewry Shrinking

Continued internal strife
and an uncertain political
and economic situation has
resulted in the exodus of
most of the 130 Jewish
families of El Salvador,
shrinking the Jewish popu-
lation to 20 families, it was
reported by Rabbi Arthur
Schneier, president of the
Appeal of Conscience Foun-
dation and spiritual leader
of the Park East Synagogue,
who recently returned from
a study mission to El Sal-
vador, as a member of the
Citizen's Committee on the
El Salvador Crisis.
It was headed by Clark
Kerr, president emeritus of
the University of Califor-
nia, and Angier Biddle
Duke, former U.S. Ambas-
sador to El Salvador,
chairman of the National
Committee on American
Foreign Policy.
Because of the dwindling
Jewish community, San
Salvador's only synagogue
has been rented to a newly

Calif. Senate Strips Senator u.5. Investigates
of Three Positions for Bias of Israel Flights

The Democratic majority in
the California State Senate
has stripped Sen. John
Schmitz of three key com-
mittee posts for making
anti-Semitic remarks about
opponents of an amendment
to the California Constitu-
tion that would ban abor-
Schmitz, an ultra-
conservative Republican
and former member of the
John Birch Society, said in a
press release that at a hear-
ing in Los Angeles on the
amendment, he looked out
on "a sea of hard, Jewish
and female faces." He called
them "murderous maraud-
Schmitz was deprived of
his chairmanship of the Se-
nate Constitutional
Amendment Committee,
the vice chairmanship of the
Senate Committe on Indus-
trial Relations and his posi-
tion as Senate delegate to
the state Commission on the
Status of Women. The
Democratic leadership

Reagan Warns
Israel Against
Annexing WB

President Reagan warned
Israel that it would be a
serious mistake to annex
the West Bank and asserted
that if Israel did so it "would
be nullifying" the Camp
David peace process.
Reagan made his re-
krks last week in reply to
3stions on the NBC-TV
White Paper," a nationally
televised review of his Ad-
ministration's first year in
In another development,
State Department deputy
spokesman Alan Romberg
denied reports from Israel
that Secretary of State Ale-
xander Haig would play a
major role in the autonomy
talks between Israel and


acted with the endorsement
of the State Republican
leader, William Campbell.

Schmitz accused
Campbell of being "a
front" for a Jewish aide
and said he stood by his

The conservative legis-
lator; who was the 1972
Presidential candidate of
the rightwing American In-
dependent Party, is running
for the Republican nomina-
tion for the U.S. Senate this
year against the incumbent,
fellow-Republican, Sen. S.I.

Nuclear Energy
Backed in Israel

leading Israeli physicist has
recommended to the gov-
ernment that Israel concen-
trate on nuclear power to
produce electricity and
make it independent of im-
ported oil.
According to Prof. Arnon
Dar, dean of the department
of physics at the Haifa
Technion, nuclear power is
the safest, cleanest and
most reliable energy source.
In a report to the govern-
ment, Dar noted that Israel
consumes the equivalent of
eight million tons of oil a
year, 98 percent of which is
imported. About 70 percent
of the oil is consumed to
produce electricity.
The only alternatives for
at least the next 20 years
are coal and nuclear power,
Dar said.

Angry Gentiles?

senior member of the
Agudat Israel Council of
Sages has chastized Pre-
mier Menahem Begin for
annexing the Golan
Heights on grounds that the
act jeopardized the Jewish
people by angering the
"goyim" (gentiles).

The State Department said
that the U.S. is "looking
into" reports that two Is-
raeli jet fighter planes vio-
lated Iraqi air space last
week and retreated after
encountering Iraqi aircraft.
The report, from Beirut,
said the Iraqi News Agency
confirmed that Israeli air-
craft flew 30 miles over
western Iraq, near the
Saudi Arabian border and
were driven off. The report
identified them as F-15s.
An Israeli military
spokesman in Tel Aviv re-
fused to confirm or deny the
report, saying Israel does
not disclose details of its
military movements.
Neither the U.S. nor Is-
rael would comment on
Iraqi claims of a second
overflight this week.

Creation Science
Law Overturned
by Federal Judge

The Arkansas law requir-
ing "balanced" classroom
treatment for the theories of
evolution and creation sci-
ence was overturned by a
federal district judge on
"Since creation science is
not science," Judge William
Ray Overton said, "the con-
clusion is inescapable that
the only real effect of Ar-
kansas Act 590 is the ad-
vancement of religion. It
(the law) was simply and
purely an effort to introduce
the biblical version of crea-
tion into, the public school
Creation science is an ac-
count of the origin of life
that closely parallels the
first 11 chapters of the Book
of Genes*. The close re-
semblance prompted the
opposition to the law and a
court challenge on the
grounds that it was only a
smokescreen for teaching
religion in the public

organized private Evangel-
ical University, Schneier

The Comunidad Is-
raelita de El Salvador has
rented a small home
where services are held
only on Friday nights,
conducted by an Israeli
who had opened a lan-
guage school in San Sal-
vador. There is no rabbi,
shohet or mohel. El Sal-
vador's only rabbi left
two years ago.

There are about 20 chil-
dren between the ages of 6
and 17. Of the Jewish
families, 12 are intermar-
ried. The Jewish commu-
nity maintains a well-
preserved cemetery with a
hevra kadisha.

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