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November 12, 1982 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-11-12

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Hasidic Rebbe Fights Inflation

By MOSHE RON

Ashdod and Hazor, Rabbi
Alter ordered prices on all
goods to be lowered 20-50
TEL AVIV — Rabbi percent for the Gur
Simha Bunim Alter, leader Hasidim. Volunteers from
of the thousands of Gur the community work in the
Hasidim in Israel, has been stores each day to help
waging a one-man fight lower the stores' expenses.
against Israeli inflation.
The rabbi also ordered
Although he never reads young married couples to
a newspaper, he is an expert take up residence in north-
on the economy of Israel. ern or southern com-
His followers seek his coun- munities where prices for
sel when they are looking to apartments were lower.
buy or build apartments.
This also lowered the de-
Before Sukkot, Rabbi mand for apartments in
Alter came out publicly Bnei Brak and Jerusalem,
against the 1,000 percent causing a drop in prices
increase in the price of there.
etrogim in Israel. He told
Rabbi Alter is continu-
the etrog merchants that ing a tradition started by
if they did not lower their his brother, the late
prices he would tell his Rabbi Israel Alter, who
followers to purchase died five years ago. He
only one etrog for each has ordered his followers
community. He also told to invite no more than 100
Gur Hasidim who were persons to any family cel-
merchants to drastically ebration, and such events
lower their prices for et- should not be held in any
rogim for the holiday.
public hall.
The result was a dramatic
Rabbi Alter has even
decrease in prices for the worked out a modest menu
holiday fruit throughout Is- for such events.
rael.
Rabbi Alter has also led a
In shops owned by mem- successful move against
bers of his community in exhorbitant prices charged
Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, by the makers of

The Jewish News Special
Israel Correspondent

Friday, November 12, 1982 17

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"streimelekh," the large fur
hats worn by Hasidim on
Shabat and holidays.
The Hasidim of Gur favor
fox fur streimels, which cost
$400. Mink streimels fa-
vored by other sects can cost
as much as $1,000. Rabbi
Alter told the merchants
that if prices were not low-
ered he would tell his people
not to buy new streimels,
and he would personally
wear a black hat instead of a
streimel.
Rabbi Alter's examples
are being followed by others
in Israel. The Rebbe of Belz,
Yissakhar Dov Rakah, has
ordered his followers to seek
living quarters in cheaper
areas of Israel, away from
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Terrorist Attacks on Jews
Israelis Most Lethal: Report

NEW YORK (JTA) — An
intelligence evaluation by
the State Department
Office for Combatting Ter-
rorism (OCT) shows that
terrorist attacks against
Jews and Israelis "have
been more lethal than other
terrorism" and that "over
three-quarters of the at-
tacks were carried out by
Palestinians."
This report was provided
to the World Jewish Con-
gress by Frank . Perez, the
director of the OCT and was
released here by Rabbi Ar-
thur Schneier, chairman of
the WJC-American Section.
In his report, Perez dis-
closed the following:
• OCT records from
January 1981 until Sep-
tember 1982 contain 104
international terrorist at-
tacks against Israel and
Jewish interests. This
does not include domes-
tic attacks in Israel or on
the West Bank.
• Attacks against Israeli
and Jewish interests have
occurred in 26 countries
during the last two years,
with over 20 percent of the
attacks in France and Italy.
• Over three-quarters of
the attacks were carried out
by Palestinians, but ter-
rorists from Guatemala,
Colombia, France, West
Germany, Italy, Greece,
and Japan carried out at-
tacks against Israelis and
Jews worldwide.
• About half of the at-
tacks were targeted against
Israeli citizens or facilities,
but Jews from 17 countries
have been attacked by
Palestinian
terrorists
primarily because they are
Jews.
• Attacks against Jews
and Israelis have been
more lethal than other
terrorism. Almost 60 per-
cent involved attacks on

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people rather than prop-
erty and about 65 percent
of the incidents intended
to cause casualties.
• About 400 people have
been wounded and 25 killed
in these attacks. Almost
half of all attacks against
Jews and Israelis have oc-
curred in Western Europe.
Schneier, who attended
the WJC European Branch
meeting, said on his return
to the United States that
the climate within which
West European Jewish
communities find them-
selves ranges from "uneasi-
ness, to insecurity, to fear."

LONDON — Czech Jews
now living in Israel have
written to Pope John Paul II
and Terrance Cardinal
Cooke of New York, protest-
ing a request by Slovaks in
the U.S. to canonize Josef
Tiso.
According to the Interna-
tional Council of Jews from
Czechoslovakia, Tiso was a
convicted war criminal who
was hanged in 1947. The
groups documented Tiso's
acts against Jews while he
was president and premier
of the Slovak Republic dur-
ing World War

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WASHINGTON — In an
Oct. 14 debate in New York,
former U.S. Ambassador to
Syria Talcott' Seelye ac-
cused Israel of causing
15,000 casualties in Leba-
non and accused Israel De-
fense Minister Ariel Sharon
of being a Nazi storm
trooper.
The debate at Amherst
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Near East Report.

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