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October 15, 1982 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-10-15

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16 Friday, October 15, 1982


Israel, U.S Battle Credentials Move at UN

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(JTA) — Israeli diplomats
say they are taking "very
seriously" the decision
reached last Friday by
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League to seek Israel's sus-
pension from the delibera-
tions of the General Assem-
The Israeli diplomats
stressed that the Barbs are
not presently trying to expel
Israel from the UN, a move
that can be taken only by
the Security Council, but
are trying to deny Israel its
credentials for the current
Assembly session.
The credentials of Israel
and other nations will be
presented for approval by
the General Assembly on
Monday. The Assembly can
deny credentials by a simple
The Arabs at the UN
have already begun lob-
bying for the suspension

of Israel, especially
among Third World na-
tions whcih usually sup-
port Arab anti-Israel
moves. But many Third
World nations have
joined West European
countries here in oppos-
ing such a move, assert-
ing that the suspension of
Israel could damage the
UN because of American
The U.S. has warned that
it would not participate in
the Assembly if Israel is
suspended. Sources say that
American diplomats are
holding meetings with UN
delegates to convince them
not to join the Arabs in their
suspension effoit and to

make it clear that the U.S.
will react strongly if Is-
rael's credentials are de-
The Arabs succeeded last
month in denying Israel's
credentials to the Interna-
tional Atomic Energy
Agency in Vienna. The
Arabs, however, failed to
obtain the two-third major-
ity needed to expel a
Last week, Libyan
Foreign Minister Abdulati
Obeidi called on the UN to
expel "the Zionist entity"
because it was not a
peaceloving nation. He also
criticized U.S. peace pro-
posals for the Middle East.

* * *

UNESCO Condemns Israel

PARIS (JTA) — The pean countries sitting on
United Nations Educa- the board voted in favor.
tional, Scientific and Cul-
Israeli diplomats fear
tural Organization's execu- that the resolution,
tive board last week con- passed with considerable
demned Israel for "serious ease in spite of strong
violations of human rights," American pressure, is the
in Lebanon and decided to start of a move to have Is-
send a special mission to rael expelled or at least
assess the damages sus- stripped of its credentials
tained by Palestinian and at UNESCO's general
Lebanese educational and conference next month.
cultural facilities during West European delegates
the fighting in Lebanon.
said that they would not
The resolution also con- vote in favor of such a
demned Israel for having move. _
But Israeli and American
"carried out large-scale ar-
rests" of Lebanese students diplomats, working hand-
and teachers and of having in-hand, expressed serious
"tried to erase" Palestinian misgivings.
Meanwhile, UNESCO's
cultural heritage. The reso-
lution called on the interna- executive board voted
tional community to pro- overwhelmingly to reject an
vide at least $39 million to attempt by India to have the
International Council of
rebuild the institutions.
Only two countries of the Bnai Brith stripped of its
39-member executive credentials as a recognized
board, the United States non-governmental ob-
and Costa Rica, voted server. It was the first time
against the resolution spon- in recent years that an
sored by 16 Arab and non- anti-Jewish or anti-Israeli
aligned nations. Guatemala resolution failed to obtain a
abstained. All West Euro- UNESCO majority.

Early Start on El Al Strike
Creates Chaos at Airport

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Chaos reigned at Ben-
Gurion International Air-
port Wednesday when El Al
personnel jumped the gun
on a sympathy strike called
by the Histadrut among
airport workers and pre-
vented the departure of over
1,000 passengers before the
8 a.m. strike start.
All the other airlines
serving IgfSel had either
cancelled or advanced their
flights Wednesday, to
ensure that their planes and
passengers were clear of Is-
rael by the morning.
El Al, which has not been
flying its own planes for the
past month, but chartering
others to handle passengers
holding El Al tickets, had
arranged for nearly a dozen
planes to leave in the early
morning hours.
But the El Al workers
committee called special
"informational and 'edu-
cational" meetings of
ground crews and
stewardesses from 4 a.m.
and prevented
passengers approaching
the ticket counters.

After some hours of chaos
the airline management
bused the angry passengers
back to hotels in Tel Aviv
until the airport strike
ended Thursday.
In addition to the airport,
the Histadrut called for
sympathy strikes in the
country's seaports as well as
the government-owned
electric corporation and
Mekrot Water Supply Co.,
the Dead Sea Works and the
Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

Many of the strikers
interviewed by Israel Radio
said they had stopped work
at Histadrut orders because
they were opposed to the
manner in which the gov-
ernment had handled the El
Al dispute, even though
most said they had little
sympathy with the El Al
workers themselves, who
are among the highest paid
in the country and have
only themselves to blame

for disrupting normal air-
line operations and bring-
ing the company to the
brink of forced closure.

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