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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-12-17

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, December 11, 1982 3

Shimon Peres Says Settlements and Militarism Weaken Israel

(Continued from Page 1) against anti-Semitism as
send at least one member to well as other forms of
Israel. Aliya must be a discrimination based on
priority and the Jewish race, religion or political
people must be involved in differences.
One speaker, Prof.
determining Israel's future,
Yehuda Bauer of Tel Aviv
he said.
Peres agreed with the University, contended that
view expressed by Leon the United Nations was
Dulzin, chairman of the currently the center of
World Zionist Organization world-wide anti-Semitism.
Executive, in his keynote Bauer also warned of the
speech to the Congress last motives behind the strong
week that the Zionist pro-Israel stand of Protes-
movement should be re- tant fundamentalists in the
organized on a geographical United Sates. "They want
rather than a partisan the Jews to return to Zion in
basis. Party politics are an fulfillment of Biblical
obstacle to achieving prophecy. They don't want
Jews in America. They
Zionist goals, Peres said.
The congress devoted won't banish the Jews, but
its plenary session Tues- the intent of their beliefs is
day to the alarming in- clear," he said.
The congress delegates,
crease of anti-Semitism
all over the world. The who had more than their
delegates resolved to ex- share of excitement this
press their disgust over week, including a bout of
the shocking incidents of fisticuffs during a heated
anti-Semitism and called political debate Monday,
on all governments and got another jolt Wednesday
nations to speak out of a non-partisan nature.
The plenary session broad-
cast over a closed circuit
television system to all
parts of the vast Binyanei
Haooma Convention Center
was suddenly replaced by a
pornographic movie. The
film was on for some time
before the screens were
blacked out. Security offi-
cers launched an investiga-
tion to find the culprits.
As the congress moved
toward adjournment yes-
terday, its various commit-
tees were at work drafting
resolutions. The aliya and
absorption committee ap-
proved a proposal calling on
all Zionist leaders and con-
gress delegates to immig-
rate to Israel. The commit-
tee also recommended that
the congress demand the es-
tablishment of an aliya and
absorption authority. Such
a recommendation was
made seven years ago but
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allocation of portfolios in
the new Executive.
Charlotte Jacobson, out-
going chairman of the
World Zionist
Organization-American
Section, urged sweeping re-
forms in the structure of the
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that the $1 billion the
Jewish people raises an-
nually for Israel from all
sources "is not sufficient to
meet the needs of the
Jewish people."
His remarks coincided
with publication of the WZO
comptroller's report con-
taining scathing criticisms
of Keren Hayesod. Com-
ptroller Benzion Meiri said
the KH overhead amounted
to 13.3 percent of its income
in fiscal year 1981-1982.
The Labor Zionists are
demanding greater repre-
sentation on the WZO
Executive in light of the
gains they made in the
Knesset since the last Con-
gress four years ago. The
Labor Alignment presently
holds 50 seats compared to
34 in 1978 and as a conse-
quence insists on heading at
least one major department
— either aliya or youth
aliya — in addition to those
it already chairs.
Likud is prepared to
concede some smaller
department to Labor.
The dispute has been
embittered by ideological
conflicts which emerged
during the ceremonial
,session last Tuesday
night. The Laborites have
accused Likud of trying
to re-write Zionist history
to play up the role of Vla-
dimir Jabotinsky's Re-
visionist movement and
downgrade the contribu-
tions of Labor which
founded the Jewish state
and governed it for its
first 30 years.
WZO executive chairman
Leon Dulzin delivered a
sharp attack from the
podium against veteran
Laborite Yitzhak Ben-
Aharon, a former minister
in Labor-led governments.
Ben-Aharon had spoken of
the "demise" of Zionism and.
suggested that Zionist con-'
gresses were unnecessary
and should be abolished.
Mrs. Jacobson endorsed
Dulzin's proposal to estab-
lish a commission to work
out reforms. She suggested
special elections for con-
gress delegates inside Israel
instead of the present allo-
cation of delegates based on
Knesset strength.
She also vigorously at-
tacked what she said was
the persistent refusal of the
WZO to give its American
Section greater -authority
over issues which concerned
American communities.
She mentioned specifically
the appointment of
shlikhim (emissaries), their
deployment and work pat-
terns.
The congress court,
headed by retired Sup-
reme Court Justice
Moshe Etzioni, mean-
while, completed its allo-
cation of delegates to the
various parties, a process
made difficult this year
because of the failure to
hold elections in the
United States and dis-
putes over the outcome of
the elections in Britain
and France.
The court decided there
would be 651 delegates: 168
for Likud; 145 for Labor; 98

for the World Confederation
of United Zionists; 55 for
Mizrachi; and smaller
numbers for the minor par-
ties.
Levinsky, in his address,
said the $1 billion raised
annually for Israel by world
Jewry represented the reci-
pients of the United Jewish
Appeal, Keren Hayesod, the
sale of Israel Bonds and di-
rect contributions to hospi-
tals, universities and
yeshivot in Israel. This is "a
sizable sum and not to be
scoffed at." But it is less
than the burden borne by
Israelis who, in addition to
taxes must pay involuntary
loans to finance the war in
Lebanon, he said.
Levinsky said that in the
future he proposed to allo-
cate far larger resources to
youth and education work,
especially to universities so
that they can enlarge their
study programs for Jewish
students from the Diaspora.
The comptroller ac-
cused the Kl of permit-
ting widespread finan-
cial abuses. He said he
found instances where
flight expenses abroad
were mislabled as tele-
gram and telex expenses.
He charged that a third of
all employees at the KH
headquarters in
Jerusalem were given in-
flated titles and drew
higher salaries than
other WZO professional
staff.
He alleged irregularities
in the overtime pay and pro-
cedures and abuses by
shlikhim abroad who in
some cases sought reim-
bursement for vacation
trips disguised as legiti-
mate expenses.
Meiri's report was chal-
lenged by KH chairman
Avraham Avi-Hai in a let-

ter published in the
Jerusalem Post. He said a
"numbei of administrative
weaknesses" have been cor-
rected and others are in the
process of being corrected.
He noted that the KH staff
in Jerusalem has been re-
duced to 111 from 145 em-
ployees.
Meanwhile, Rabbi Ale-
xander Schindler charged
that the Zionist arm of the
American Reform move-
ment, ARZA, was denied
representation at the 30th
World Zionist Congress in
proportion to its numerical
strength.
Schindler, who is
president of the Union of
American Hebrew Con ,
gregations, said at a
press conference that the
Zionist establishment,
determined to hold on to
its political power, was
deliberately keeping out
new groups that want to
be part of it. He noted
that since the last Zionist
Congress in 1978, ARZA
membership grew by 700
percent
from 9,000 to
over 68,000 — but the
number of mandates they
received was up only 55
percent.
-
Even so, Schindler said,
t, the American Reform
movement did better than
its British affiliate and

oMerkaz, the Zionist organ-
ization of Conservative
Judaism in the' U.S., •which
were denied any repre-
sentation at the Congress.
This was due to high-
handed political machina-
tion, he charged.

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