Jewish Population Climbs in Sun Belt, Manhattan
NEW YORK — While American Jews are continuing to migrate in large numbers to
the nation's "Sun Belt," the number of Jews living in Manhattan has also increased
dramatically, according to an article on "Jewish Population in the United States" in the
just-published 1983 "American Jewish Year Book."
In 1982, reports the article written by Alvin Chenkin of the Council of Jewish
Federations and Welfare Funds, 33.5 percent of America's 5,725,000 Jews lived in the
Sun Belt — the southern and western states — as against 31.5 percent in 1981, 31.1
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percent in 1980, and 27.8 percent in 1977.
The total Jewish population of the Sun Belt states was 1,917,580 in 1982.
Among the southern and western states whose Jewish populations increased
markedly between 1981 and 1982, "Year Book" figures indicate, were California,
where the increase was 21,515; Colorado, with an increase of 12,600; Florida, up
11,020, and Missouri, up 14,065.
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Must Be Fortified With Peace
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Suspects Caught in Europe
PARIS (JTA) — French authorities are investigating the possibil-
ity that five German neo-Nazi terrorists arrested in West Germany and
Britain last week were involved in the attack on a Jewish restaurant in
Paris last Aug. 9 and in earlier anti-Semitic attacks in Vienna, Berlin
and London. A sixth member of the gang is being sought.
They may also have been involved in an attack on a Brussels
synagogue last summer and in the machinegun and grenade assault on
- the main synagogue in Rome last October in which a two-year-old child
was killed and a number of persons wounded.
The terrorist gang was rounded up as a result of cooperation
between French, West German and British police. Three ar-
rested in Frankfurt last Tuesday are Dieter Sporleder, 22;
Hans-Peter Frass, 22; and Helge Blasche, 40. Police found arms
and explosives in their hide-out.
Two other suspects, Walter Kexel and Ulrich Tillmann, were ar-
rested in Poole, England last Friday and were presented before a
London magistrate for extradition proceedings.
German authorities say Frass, Kexel and Tillmann were members
) of an outlawed neo-Nazi para-military organization that posed as a
> - sports club headed by Karl-Heinz Hoffmann. Hoffmann, arrested sev-
eral months ago, has been charged with the murder of an Israeli
N-. publisher, Shlomo Levin, and his woman companion, Frida Poeschke,
in West Germany in 1980.
French police investigators said that Kexel and Odfried Hepp,
another neo-Nazi suspect detained in Frankfurt, were seen at the Jo
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JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel had no official reaction Wednes-
day to President Reagan's pledge that the U.S. will guarantee the
security of northern Israel once the Israeli army withdraws from
Lebanon. But Israeli analysts indicated that the offer was irrelevant
to Israel's security needs to prevent the return of Palestinian ter-
rorists to south Lebanon.
They insisted that only an agreement between Israel and Leba-
non would provide the means and motivation to ensure Israel's secu-
rity in the north. That position was repovtedly stressed by Foreign
Minister Yitzhak Shamir at a meeting with U.S. special envoy Philip
Shamir, in a radio interview Tuesday only hours after Reagan
promised the guarantee in a speech to the American Legion confer-
ence in Washington, appeared to reject it. "We are not asking for
American guarantees," the Foreign Minister said.
"We don't think the presence of foreign forces, multina-
tional forces or international could be helpful. It is not for them
to enable us to be assured that the PLO will not come back to
the frontier. They will not fight against them," Shamir said. He
said, "With all due respect, these forces are not built for war
against terrorist organizations. The only parties who have the
motivation to do it are Lebanon and Israel."
Shamir added that "American guarantees could be helpful, but
they couldn't replace an agreement between us and Lebanon." The
Foreign Ministry's press spokesman, Avi Pazner, amplified on that
when he said Israel would welcome an American guarantee "on top of
a good agreement with Lebanon" but not as a substitute for one.
Other Israeli sources suggested that Reagan's offer might
strengthen Israel's disenchantment with the lack of American pres-
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The photograph at left and
the Purim party invitation at
right were obtained last year
by the Student Struggle for
Soviet Jewry in New York.
They show Purim activities
being held in the Soviet
Union in secret.
The children at left are per-
forming a Purim play with
costumes and puppets in an
unofficial Moscow kindergar-
ten. The invitation at right
shows King Ahasuerus,
Queen Esther and Haman (at
bottom) surrounding Mor-
The SSSJ is concerned that
the Soviet secret police — the
KGB — has stepped up its ac-
tivities against Jewish pri-
vate study groups, making
harassment arrests and con-