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October 01, 1982 - Image 31

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-10-01

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Italian Unions Boycott Israel
in Aftermath of Massacre

ROME (JTA) — Two Is-
raeli container ships were
stranded last Thursday in
the Livorno port and 76
passengers on an El Al
flight had to fend for them-
selves at the Rome airport
because of a boycott by the
powerful federation of Ita-
ly's three major trade
unions as an aftermath of
the massacre of Palestinian
refugees in two camps near
Normal airport service to
transport El Al passengers
from the landing point of
the planes to the airport
terminal and in handling of
luggage of passengers has
been suspended until Oc-
A spokesman for one of
the three unions said the
unionized workers "refuse
to furnish any sort of assis-
tance to these flights, with
the purpose of boycotting
contacts with Israel."
One result of the
boycott was to leave Is-
raeli ships with no
facilities for loading or
unloading cargo. The
first ships hit by the
boycott were the "Zim
Tokyo" and the "Zim
There was no indication

how long the ship boycott
would last, or what would
happen to handling of El Al
flights to Rome after Oc-
tober, but the union federa-
tion said it would meet
again this week to consider
widening the boycotts
against Israel on a nation-
wide scale.
The unions include mem-
bers of the Socialist, Social
Democratic, Christian
Democratic and Communist
Pierre Carnitim, head of
the Christian Democratic
Union, demanded that the
Italian government act
promptly to recognize the
Palestine Liberation
Organization and to estab-
lish an embargo on all Is-
raeli air flights and ship
travel between Israel and
Because of the airport
boycott, the crew of the
El Al plane had to handle
the baggage of the 76
Meanwhile, the union
federation, together with
the Communist Mayor of
Rome and the PLO repre-
sentative in Rome, Nemer
Hammad, organized a pro-
PLO march and rally in
Rome last week.

Catholics Gently Renounce
Meeting of Arafat and Pope

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"does not necessarily reflect
the sentiments of all
Catholics," according to two
Catholic-Jewish relations
committees in New York.
The committees issued
the following statement:
"The Catholic-Jewish re-
lations committees of the
Archdiocese of New York
and the Diocese of Brooklyn
are extremely concerned
with the perception of the
meeting between Pope John
Paul II and Yasir Arafat.
"These committees
understand that this
meeting has caused great
pain and anguish in the
Jewish community and
that many Catholics feel
that same pain and an-
"While these committees
are deeply troubled by this
meeting between the Pope
and Yasir Arafat, we do not
question the motivation and
good faith of the Pope.
"We believe the decision
of the Holy Father to meet
with Yasir Arafat does not
necessarily reflect the sen-
timents of all Catholics
throughout New York City
or elsewhere.
"Therefore, we trust that
the good faith engendered
between Catholics and Jews
since the 1965 promulga-
tion of the Conciliar Dec-
laration Nostra Aetate and
the windows which it
opened toward greater
understanding and recon-
ciliation between our two-
faith communities, and the
1975 Vatican Guidelines
regarding the implementa-
tion of Nostra Aetate should
not be jeopardized but
should be pursued with
even greater vigor."





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Friday, October 1, 1982 31

U.S. and Israel Squabble Over Beirut Arms Caches

The disposition of the large
amounts of weapons found
by the Israeli army in west
Beirut has become another
source of contention be-
tween the United States
and Israel.
spokesman John Hughes
said last week that if Israel
is turning the weapons over
to the Christian militias in
Lebanon, as has been re-
ported, "we do not think
that is a good move." He
said the issue is being dis-
cussed with Israel.
Hughes explained that
under the terms of the
agreement worked out by
U.S. special ambassador
Philip Habib, the PLO was
to have turned over all of its
weapons, except personal
arms, to the Lebanese gov-
erment when it left west Be-
irut last month for other
countries. He said that to
the extent this was not
done, it was a violation of
the agreement.
The State Department
spokesman said that the
arms caches now found by
the Israelis in west Beirut
could either have belonged
to the PLO or to the various
militias there. Last Wed-
nesday, Hughes implied
that the arms had belonged
to the PLO, although he
conceded that was only an
He said he had no details
about the arms except that
they were primarily muni-
tions although some
weapons were involved.
Hughes said he knew noth-
ing about reports from Is-
rael that the Israelis found a
helicopter packed in a crate
from Libya near the former
headquarters of PLO chief
Yasir Arafat in west Beirut.
In another development,
Hughes said the U.S. plans
to sell the Persian Gulf state
of Bahrain six jet fighters as

part of a $180 million arms
deal. They include two
Northrop F-5E fighters
which can be used for train-
ing or combat and four
Northrop F-5G Tigershark
jet fighers.

In addition, six pilots and
100 mechanics from Bah-
rain will be trained in the
U.S. Delivery of the aircraft
is scheduled to start in 1986.
Hughes noted that the

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Jewish Residents
in Beirut Siege

40 local Jews have lived
through the siege of west
Beirut during the past three
months, according to a
Lebanese Jewish business-
man. The businessman, a
resident of west Beirut, said
that 150 Jews had lived in
the western part of the city
before the current war and
about 100 in the eastern
With the outbreak of
fighting, most of the west
Beirut Jews fled as did
many other Beirut resi-
dents before the siege of the
capital tightened. However,
about 40 of the west Beirut
Jews, most of them elderly,
stayed behind, he said.
"As far as I know they've
all survived," he said. There
had, however, been consid-
erable damage to Jewish
property, including

notified Congress of the sale
to Bahrain last April but is
sending a new notification
because it is substituting
F-5Gs for the F-5Es which it
had originally planned to
sell Bahrain.

Thursday, October 14

"A Secular View of Jewish History"
Professor Irving Zeitlin, University of Toronto

Tuesday, October 19

"The Yiddishist Movement, Peoplehood and Socialism
in Eastern Europe"
Dr. Judith Laikin Elkin, University of Michigan

Tuesday, October 26

"Zionism, National Ideology and the Jewish National
Liberation Movement"
Julius J. Harwood, President, United Hebrew Schools

Thursday, November 4 "Haskalah: Beginnings of Modern Jewish Secularism"
Rabbi Sherwin Wine, Birmingham Temple

Tuesday, November 9

"Secular and Humanistic Judosim - A Modern Approach
to Jewish Consciousness"
Rabbi Daniel Friedman, Congregation Beth Or,
Deerfield, Illinois

Tuesday, November 23 "Secularism and the Future - Israel and the Diaspora"
George M. Zeltzer, Executive Vice President, Jewish
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