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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-01-15

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16 Friday, January 15, 1982

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Israeli Festival
Held in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA)
— More than 3,000 youths
attended the first Latin
American festival of Israeli
songs and dances.
Zionist youth movement
groups from Argentina,
Brazil, Chile and Mexico
performed in the program
which was held last month
in Sao Paulo's Jewish Cen-
ter, the Hebraics.

Change in State Dept. Policy
on Asylum for Iranian Jews

ALBANY, N.Y. (JTA) —
New York State Senate
Democratic leader Manfred
Ohrenstein praised an an-
nounced change of policy by
the State Department re-
garding asylum for Iranian
Jews and Christians.
The State Department
Bureau of Human Rights
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minorities and, therefore, if
people seeking asylum can
prove they are Iranian -Jews
or Christians the State De-
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be persecuted upon their re-
turn to Iran, according to a
department spokesperson.
The spokesperson said
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and 2,000 Jews from Iran
have filed asylum claims"
since the Khomeini regime
was established. "We will
continue to monitor the
situation in Iran closely and
our review of individual ap-
plications from all Iranians
seeking asylum will, of
course, reflect our conclu-
sions as to conditions
there."

Slovak Damage

LONDON — The Inter-
national Council of Jews
from Czechoslovakia re-
ports that a memorial to vic-
tims of the Holocaust in
Travna/Turnau in Slovakia
was recently vandalized.
Only a few of the town's
3,000 Jews survived the
Holo6aust.

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PERSONALITY PROFILE: For the first time in the
80 years of the Jewish National Fund a woman has been
elected president of the JNF in the United States. She is
Charlotte Jacobson, prominent leader of the American
Zionist movement, who is also chairman of the American
Section of the World Zionist Organization.
Mrs. Jacobson is well known throughout the world. u-7
She has visited the Soviet Union, Poland, Czechoslovakz'm
Hungary, Romania and studied the Jewish situation
and has led the fight for free emigration of Jews from ehe
Soviet Union.
- URGENT JNF TASKS: Mrs. Jacobson is taking over
the presidency of the Jewish National Fund in America at a
time when the JNF is facing urgent tasks. -
The first is the relocation of the Jewish settlers in
Sinai. They must be evacuated within the next two or three
months in accordance with the Israeli-Egyptian agreement
concluded at Camp David. The settlers will be relocated in
the Negev, and their transfer is no easy matter. The Jewish
National Fund will need at least $2,500,000 to move about
100 settlers from one desert to another; to move in the
desert is by far not the same as moving from one settlement
to another in inhabited territory. Thousands of cubic
meters of sand have to be leveled in preparation of the area
in the Negev for human -habitation. Roads must be built to
connect the new settlements with neighboring settlements
and with main highways to bring bread, milk and other
food by trucks from Beersheva. Irrigation pipes must be set
in place in an area which has no water. Electrical installa-
tions must be built and so must gas mains. Already, JNF
engineers are laying drip irrigation hoses so that the
settlers can begin the long and hard process of becoming
self-sufficient.
All this will cost many
millions of dollars which the
'Jewish National Fund will
seek primarily from Ameri-
can Jewish communities
and individuals. In Los
Angeles the JNF has al-
ready announced the be-
ginning of a campaign to
raise $1,500,000 in one
year.
The second urgent task
_which the JNF is facing now
is the replanting of hun-
dreds of thousands of trees
destroyed-during two weeks
by the Palestine Liberation
Organization in northern
CHARLOTTE JACORSON Galilee by rocket attacks
which touched off the worst forest fires in Israel's history.
The fires gutted more than 130 acres of forest land. Fire-
men and JNF foresters did their utmost trying to save the
trees, which were planted over the past 30 years, but it was
very difficult to get the forest fires under control with the
shells falling repeatedly and rekindling the fire. The dam-
age is tremendous. The JNF must now start to create new
forests from ashes by re-afforestation.
THE GALILEE CHALLENGE: A third urgent task
for the JNF is to establish, at the request of the Israel
government, over 30 new agro-industrial settlements in
the Galilee.
Once the most densely-settled Jewish region in Pales-
tine, the Galilee has been neglected during Israel's exist-
, ence and is now underpopulated. The Jews are now a
minority there, constituting only 31 percent of the popula-
tion because of the high Arab birthrate. The number of
Arab villages is now larger there than the Jewish. The JNF
now faces the task of developing the hilly and bare land in
the Galilee to encourage Jewish settlement in this impor-
tant part of the country which delineates Israel's northern
border.
There are also other immediate challenges to the JNF,
including preparation of 12,000 acres of wasteland fr'
farming. There is the Jerusalem Green Belt project vi,
utilizing the creation of a forest belt around Jerusalem over
an area of 2,500 acres on state-ownded land.
American Jewry has always given backing to Jewish
National Fund projects. The 4,000-dunam American Inde-
pendence Park, which is located 10 miles southwest of
Jerusalem, signifies the strong ties between the American
Jewish communities and Israel. So does the Kennedy Peace
Forest, the Hubert Humphrey Parkway, and other Ameri-
can projects which dot Israel from north to south.
Mrs. Jacobson, with her energy, prestige and influence
in American Jewry, will, as new JNF president, stimulate
many in this country to take an interest in meeting the
serious and urgent tasks which the JNF faces now. They

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