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October 29, 1982 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-10-29

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Jewish Groups Reject Vatican
Explanation of Arafat Audience

Two .American Jewish
groups have strongly re-
jected communications from
the Vatican responding to
their appeals to Pope John
Paul II last month not to re-.

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ceive Palestine Liberation
Organization chief Yasir
Arafat. Arafat was granted
a Papal audience Sept. 14.
Julius Berman, chairman
of the Conference of
Presidents of Major Ameri-
can Jewish Organizations,
said he received with "dis-
may and disappointment" a
letter dated Oct. 7 from
Johannes Cardinal
Willebrands, president of
the Secretariate for Promot-
ing Christian Unity in
The letter, made public by
Berman last week along
with his reply, defended the
audience as consistent with
the Pope's efforts to promote
peace and understanding
and said it could not in any

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way be construed as an
endorsement of Arafat and
the PLO or as an expression
of hostility toward Israel
and the Jewish people.
A similar letter, dated
Oct. 9, was sent to the
Simon Wiesenthal Center
at Yeshiva University of
Los Angeles by Msgr.
Jorge Mejia, secretary to
the Vatican Commission
for Religious Relations
with the Jews. It stated
that the Pope strongly
opposes "all forms of
anti-Semitism" but reit-
erated his wish "to show
his good will towards the
Palestinian people and
his participation in their
protracted sufferings."
Mejia's letter was made
public along with a response
on Oct. 15, by Rabbis Mar-
vin Hier and Abraham
Cooper, dean and assistant
dean, respectively, of the
Wiesenthal Center. They
charged that "Arafat's visit
to the Vatican helped con-
vince extremists that the
Jews are legitimate targets
for the PLO chairman's
kind of terrorism." The
Wiesenthal Center officials
cited specifically the ter-
rorist attack on the main
synagogue in Rome on Oct.
Cardinal Willebrand's
letter was a reply to a Sept.
13 cable from Berman to the
Pope an behalf of the
Presidents Conference,
stating that "We are pro-.
foundly distressed at news
reports that you may grant
an audience to Yasir Arafat,
chairman of the PLO, the
slaughterer of hundreds of
Israeli children, mothers
and old people, including
survivors of the infamous
Nazi concentration camps."_.

wish to thank the following individuals, whose
unstinting help has made possible this year's
dinner, honoring Dr. Leon Fill:

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Paul Baker
Ivan Bloch
Tom Borin
Paul Borman
Allen Charlupski
Norman J. Cohen
A.J. Cutler
Joseph Cutler
Henry Dorfman
William Farber
Joseph Fetter
Louis E. Fisher
Max M. Fisher
Donald Fox
Samuel Frankel
Aaron Ginsberg
Dr. Donald L. Golden
Salman Grand
Stephen M. Grand
Robert Greenstone
Joseph Handleman
Sharon Hart
Peter Heiman
David Hermelin
David B. Holtzman
Daniel Honigman
Mr. & Mrs. Louis A. Horowitz
Joseph H. Jackier
Lawrence Jackier
Irwin Kahn
Hannah Karbal
Abraham Kaufman
Emery I. Klein
Irving Laker
Salek Lessman
Edward C. Levy, Jr.
Dr. Lawrence Loewenthal
Albert Lopatin
Dr. Harris Mainster

Plan to Create
Court to Try
Terrorists Fails

PARIS- (JTA) — The
European Economic Com-
munity (EEC) rejected a
proposal by France to create
a European court to try ter-
rorists and other interna-
tional criminals as an al-
ternative to extradition.
The plan was presented
by French Minister of Jus-
tice Robert Badinter to the
justice ministers of France's -
nine EEC partners meeting
in Luxembourg Monday.
Badinter intimated that
terrorist attacks against
Jews and Jewish institu-
tions in France and other
Western European coun-
tries in recent years was one
example for the need for in-
ternational cooperation to
bring justice.
But his fellow ministers
expressed preference for
re-enforced extradition and
other judicial procedures
contained in a 1977 draft
convention agreed on by the
21-member Council of
Europe in Strasbourg. The
convention has yet to be

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Richard F. Roth
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May they share in the blessings that they
have created.

Dr. Martin Hart
Norman A. Pappas
General Chairmen

Friendship should be
more than biting Time can

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