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April 23, 1982 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-04-23

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Friday, April 23, 1982 1


Israeli Soldiers and Police Start Evacuation, Leveling of Yamit

(Continued from Page 1) rejected an appeal by the
leave. Some did so voluntar- Foreign Press Association
ily. Those who refused were to overrule army and gov-
removed by force to waiting ernment measures which
prevent reporters from
Persons on the roofs were entering the Sinai. The
lowered by cranes equipped court accepted the govern-
with metal cages. The ment's contention that a
squatters' furniture and pool arrangement limiting
property was packed and coverage to 16 selected
taken away by soldiers. journalists was sufficient
Many of the buses had their for media needs.
windows broken by stones - The government argued
thrown by shouting and that the presence of hun-
dreds of reporters and tele-
cussing squatters.
'Private cars owned by vision cameramen would
uatters were towed away only encourage the milit-
ants and make the army's
, a closed parking lot.
evacuation, task doubly dif-
As each building was ficult.
cleared, it was torn down
Even though the govern-
by giant bulldozers.
ment backed away from its
The Israel Siipreme Court initial total ban on press


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Kosher Butchers Dispute

Editor, The Jewish News:
In connection with the
ongoing community crisis
concerning the kosher meat
markets, some statements
were made in the name of
the Metropolitan Kashruth
Council in the Jewish News
(issue of April 9) which were
quoted out of context and
should be qualified, in all
fairness to the council.
Two statements were
taken from a three-page ar-
ticle which the council is-
sued to explain its stand on
the matter. These two
statements were (1) that
during negotiations, the
council urged the dissenting
butchers to return to the
Vaad; (2) that the Vaad
should be in control of the
kosher meat markets.
While the two statements
are true, they must be qual-
ified. Five butchers met
with me on Friday after-
noon, April 2. They com-
plained that they were dis-
satisfied with the way the
Vaad was treating them
and that they wished to
come under the supervision
of the Metropolitan Kas-
hruth Council.
I told Ihem that the
MKC would accept them
but only on condition
that they abide by the
standards of the Shul-
khan Arukh. When I spel-
led out five conditions
that would have to be
' met, they complained
hat such demands were
ever made of them by
the Vaad. Thereupon, I
urged them to return to
the Vaad.
In conclusion, I stated
that the Vaad should con-
trol the kosher butcher
shops. The MKC has no in-
tention of interfering with
any area of kashrut where
the Vaad has shown any


A man who is not afraid of
the sea will soon be drowned
for he will be going out on a
day that he shouldn't.
—John Synge

professional interest. How-
ever, I stressed, the
standards of the Vaad
should be raised to meet
those required by the Shul-
khan Arukh.

Rabbi Jack Goldman
Metropolitan Kashruth

coverage in the Yamit area,
journalists saw the pool ar-
rangement as an attempt to
muzzle the media and would
have none of it. Members of
the Israel Editors Commit-
tee and the Israel Jour-
nalists Association went to
Yamit in defiance of army
orders. Busloads of editors
and reporters attempted to
break through the army
roadblocks around Yamit
but were turned back by
adopting the tactics of
the "Halt the With-
drawal" movement,
managed to infiltrate the
town. Twelve Foreign
Press Association jour-
nalists representing
media outlets in nine
countries are reported to
have • barricaded them-
selves in an abandoned
house in Yamit. Others
were said to have donned
skullcaps to pose as Or-
thodox Jews who make
up the majority of the
Yamit resistors.
In preparation for the
final showdown, army
bulldozers dug deep ditches
around the buildings occu-
pied by squatters. The in-
tention was to remove the
squatters and demolish the
structures immediately
thereafter, burying the de-
bris in the ditches.
MK Geula Cohen of the

ultra-nationalist Tehiya
faction, who was in Yamit,
told a reporter that the gov-
ernment would "not be
burying the houses but
burying itself." Yarait and
the rest of the Israel-



occupied portions of Sinai
must be handed back to
Egypt on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the media
continued to protest what it
sees as the government's in-
fringement. on freedom of

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the press. Israeli newspap-
ers on Wednesday appeared
with blank spaces on their
front pages symbolizing the
ban. Radio and television
observed one minute of si-
lence Tuesday night.

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