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May 06, 1983 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-05-06

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20 Friday, May 6, 1983


UN Liaison Claims Falashas
Receive Equal Treatment

NEW YORK -- In a letter were being mistreated by
to the editor of the New that country's government.
York Times, Girma Haile
The letter was in reply to
Giorgis, second secretary of an April 23 article in the
Ethiopia's permanent mis- Times by Simcha Jacobovici
sion to the United Nations, - which claimed that the
denied charges that the Ethiopian government had
Falashas (Ethiopian Jews) concocted schemes to "force
Jewish children into state
schools" and to "entice the
landless Jews into the
Communist fold."



"Ethiopians of the Judaic
faith have benefited
measurably from the Ethio-
pian revolution," Giorgis
contends. "The policies of
the Ethiopian government
. . . will be uniformly
applied to all Ethiopians, ir-
respective of their religion,
class or nationality."






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Former U.S. Congressman Hamilton Fish Proposes
Solution for the Palestinians in Letter to Reagan

Editor, The Jewish News:
I have written a letter to
the President on the Middle
East issue which concerns
me closely as the author of
the Joint Palestine Resolu-
tion of the American Con-
gress of 1922, which is still
United States law and
helped to create the state of
Israel. While I am not at lib-
erty to release a copy of the
letter, I feel that its contents
should be known to the

media generally and to the
Jewish press.
I am glad that the
President sent Secretary
Shultz to the area in order to
reach an agreement in the
Lebanese-Israeli negotia-
tions, and I hope that other
issues will be discussed also
during the Secretary-'s visit
to the different Middle East
capitals. I have proposed
that Secretary Shultz, if he
finds it to be within his

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power, should try to initiate
steps leading to the solution
of the refugee problem.
Egypt, Saudi Arabia,
Jordan and Syria, all of
which have extensive fertile
and cultivable acreage, and
also Israel, should be per-
suaded to accept 50,000
refugees each. This should
be financed by $1 billion to
be raised in equal
parts from the United
States, Saudi Arabia and
other Arab oil producers, Is-
rael and its financial sup-
porters and, finally, by the
Europeans and Japanese.
The Arab part of the refu-
gee problem produced by
the Palestine conflict has
now festered for 35 years,
the Jewish refugees from
Arab countries having been
absorbed during this period
by Israel. Is it not time to try
to get some cooperation
from the Arab nations who
have vast lands, which
could be developed?
Whatever the future of
the West Bank issue and of
the Gaza Strip, these ter-
ritories, altogether less
than 2,000 square miles,
could not absorb the refu-
gees, even if the political
conditions were more favor-
able than they are. These
conditions will hardly
change, for Israel cannot be
expected to support any
plans that would involve its
own destruction.
The time is past when the
Arab thought that the suf-
fering of their own people, if
sufficiently prolonged,
would pay political divi-
dends. In the name of com-
mon sense, then, and in the
name of humanity, it may
be worthwhile to launch
this new initiative that I
I am well aware of the
difficulties of such a project,
but publicity might help to
convince the Arab nations
that they must consider
cooperating henceforth in
solving the tragic situation,
in which hundreds of
thousands of their own
people find themselves.


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Editor, The Jewish News:
We would like to thank
the Jewish community of
metropolitan Detroit for the
warm welcome they gave
us. All our our families (the
Nelsons, the Woronoffs, the
Harts, and the Sugarmans)
have done more than was
The people who drove us
to and from the schools and
community groups were
friendly and showed us
around the community fil-
ling in with Detroit's
Jewish history as they
This Jewish commu-
nity made us feel really at

home. We know that we
have made many friends.
We also must thank the
people who are responsi-
ble for this, the Jewish
Community Council, and
the two chairpersons,
Fred Goldenberg and
Judy Naftaly, who ar-
ranged all of these plans
for us. It is hard for us to
express how much we
appreciated all that was
done for us, including
your article in last week's
Jewish News.
Among the many things
we have learned, the one
that stands out, and that the
Detroit Jewish community
emphasized, is that we are
all one big family.

Israeli Students
Ranny Bar Sella,
Chava Erlich,
Roni Azouly,
Nava Hassin

* * *

Aid to Israel

Editor, The Jewish News:
Recently, the House Mid-
dle East Subcommittee, on
which I serve as the ranking
majority member, increased
military and economic
grant aid to Israel by $365
million over the amount re-
quested by the Administra-
There was a strange sense
of irony as the subcommit-
tee took this action, because
the same week President
Reagan pledged to an
emotion-filled meeting of
10,000 Holocaust survivors
that the security of Israel
"will never be comprised."
But the Administration's
actions are far different
from its words. Despite its
pledges, the Administration
has suspended most sophis-
ticated arms sales to Israel,
while offering the full spec-
trum of sophisticated
weaponry to her enemies.
Despite its pledges, the
Administration proposed a
$200 million cut in aid to
The meaning of our
subcommittee action,
which was taken at my in-
itiative, is to put sub-
stance and muscle be-
hind Administration
statements of concern for
Israel's safety and well
I am more convinced than
ever that our aid to Israel is
the most cost-effective
method of advancing
United States interests in
the crucial Middle East.

Rep. Tom Lantos

Second Prize

Israel's entry in the annual
Eurovision song contest
won second place, behind
Luxembourg. The audience
in Munich, where the con-
test was held last week
applauded boisterously as
Ofra Haza sang "Chai"

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