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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-08-13

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20 Friday, August 13, 1982

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

ZOA Petition Drive Asks U.S. to Support Israel Against PLO

The Zionist Organization
of America has initiated a
national petition campaign
to inform President Reagan
and his Administration of
American support for Is-
rael's actions in Lebanon.
Headlined "Say No to the
PLO," the action is designed
to underscore the refusal of
the American people to ac-

quiesce to negotiating with
the PLO terrorists occupy-
ing Lebanon whose aim,
militarily or politically, is to
destroy Israel.
The petition states:
"We agree with your
statement that 'we all must
work to stamp out the
scourge of terrorism.'
"We support Israel's ac-

tions in helping the people
of Lebanon restore freedom
in their own land.
"We urge you to give
our best friend and
democratic ally in the
Middle East— the state of

NEW YORK -- Some
6,300 young people, more
than half from the U.S., in
programs coordinated by
the American Zionist Youth
Foundation's Israel Pro-
gram Center, are in Israel
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, action in Lebanon, the
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"From the moment they
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arrived they wanted to 'do
something meaningful,' "
said Avraham Katz of the
Jewish Agency. "They vol-
unteered for everything and
anything — from collecting
garbage to harvesting
crops. They visited with
wounded soldiers and
soldiers' families and asked
to be sent to kibutzim and
For those who
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This large number of
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Jewish Agency — came at a
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time when adult tourism
was down. "These
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According to Katz,
OUTSTANDING LUCITE DESIGNS
youth movement leaders
were concerned that the
Lebanese action would
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feel that PLO actions to
undermine the stability of
the area serve either the
best interests of the Arab-
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encouragement in the ac-
tions they have taken on
behalf of the free world.
"We will not compromise
our rejection of the PLO's
goal to liquidate the state of

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Israel this summer. Quite
the opposite was true, he
said. A very 'small per-
tentage of people who
registered, opted out of
the programs prior to de-
p allure .
"I think the reason so
many chose to go probably
had to do with the deep alle-
giance felt by their families
and prior experiences of
their friends and relatives,"
Katz said. "In fact, "the ac-
tions in Lebanon secured
the northern border enabl-
ing us to follow the proposed
itineraries to the letter." In
past years, he explained, ac-
tions of the PLO limited
travel in the north.
Two additional factors
have added to the overall
success of the summer pro-
grams this year, according
to Katz. One, has been the
"rediscovery of the Negev

and Judean Deserts." While
Sinai was occupied, pro-
gram participants were sent
into the Sinai to experience
the growth and develop-
ment of the territory; now
the experience is intensified
because they participate in
the growth of Israel.
One of the highlights of
the summer programs
which Katz himself experi-
enced was a solidarity rally
in Jerusalem at which 3,000
young people came together
with their Israeli peers in a
physical tribute and march
with the theme "Jerusalem
is One; The Jewish People is
One."
At the same time, a dele-
gation of rabbis from the
Rabbinical Council of
America is visiting
wounded soldiers in Israeli
hospitals, as well as their
families.

$4 Million in Trade Marked
Between Israel and Lebanon

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
Trade by Lebanese mer-
chants with Israeli firms in
July reached a volume for
the month of $4 million and
a delegation of Lebanese
tradesmen who visited Is-
rael last week placed orders
totaling a similar amount,
it was reported here.
Lebanese commerce with
Israelis has been going on
for the past five years, since
the opening of the "good
fence" on the Israel-
Lebanese border, a wide-
open crossover point.
Before Israel sent its
forces into Lebanon on June
6, most of the Lebanese
traders came from the south
Lebanese sector controlled
by Maj. Saad Haddad and
his Christian milita. Since
then, officials said, the
number of merchants from
other parts of Lebanon has
increased.
Initally, the merchants
from Tyre and Sidon re-
ceived special permits to
go to the "good fence"
border points where they
bought products from Is-
raeli tradesmen. Later,
they received permits to
enter Israel proper to
make purchases.
The Lebanese trades-
people buy mostly food,
medical supplies, construc-
tion materials, as well as
electrical appliances,
American cigarettes, bat-
teries and similar items.

Officials said the $4 mil-
lion in purchases amounted
to more than the value of all
business transactions be-
tween Israel and Egypt
since the two countries
signed their pease treaty
four years ago.
Before the war, Lebanese
buyers purchased products
from Israel at a volume of
$500,000 to $700,000 a
month. Zvi Amit, director
general of the Israel
Chamber of Commerce
Association, said "this is
only the beginning. These
are only feelers. Lebanon is
a huge market, which
serves as an intermediary
market to the entire Arab
world."

citizens of the United
States."
The Detroit District of the
ZOA has endorsed the peti-
tion drive and will actively
participate in it. Copies of
the petition may be ob-
tained from the ZOD office,
18451 W. 10 Mile Rd.,
Southfield 48075, or by cal-
ling the office, 569-1515.

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Correction

In an advertisement for
Sander Levin which ap-
peared in the Aug. 6 issue
of The Jewish News, the
name of the late John
Leopold was included
through clerical error of
the Levin campaign.
Levin appologized for the
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