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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-07-22

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24 Friday, July 22, 1983

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

GAO Attacks Arab Unit's Version of Report on Assistance to Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA) —
A controversy has de-
veloped over the report re-
leased last month by the
General Accounting Office
(GAO) assessing U.S. aid to
Israel.
The flap developed when

an Arab group released
what it claimed was the un-
censored version of the GAO
report. The America-Arab
Anti-Discrimination Corn-
mittee (ADC) said that the
portions deleted from the
GAO's released report

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focussed on Israel's conten-
tion that the Arabs were
seeking to wage war against
the Jewish state and on Is-
raeli assurances to the U.S.
that it would not invade
Lebanon.
The GAO issued its 92-
page report June 24 with
"sections deleted for secu-
rity reasons," a GAO
spokesperson told the
Jewish Telegraphic
Agency. She added that the
document released by the
ADC "may contain informa-
tion" from a preliminary
draft prepared by the
agency.
However, the spokes-
person said, "The docu-
ment in question is not a
GAO document, official
or otherwise." She said
that the GAO had re-
ferred "the matter," the
ADC document, to the
Justice Department for
appropriate action. -

A spokesman for the ADC
told the JTA that his organ-
ization "stands behind (its
version of the report) as
accurate. It is clear that the
GAO is attempting to de-
stroy the credibility of its
own report."
He refused to say how the
ADC obtained the deleted
portions of the GA docu-
ment. The GAO spokesper-
son said that copies of the
classified draft report "had
been circulating around"
Washington. (They were
apparently the basis of
front-page accusations
against Israel in the Detroit
Free Press written by
Knight-Ridder Newspap-
ers' Washington correspon-
dent James McCartney.)
The ADC, the GAO

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spokesperson said, probably
"interpolated their own in-
terpretation of the draft and
of the (final) published ver-
sion "to produce its docu-
ment. "A draft is subject to
change, she added, noting
that the ADC "cobbled to-
gether a report."
The ADC spokesman
said the GAO had told his
organization this week
that it "was not challeng-
ing the contents of the re-
port" (the ADC released),
only the manner in which
it was distributed. He
said the documentwas
sent to 2,000 news organ-
izations nationwide and
to all members of Con-
gress. It contained "30 or
40" items not in the offi-
cial report that the ADC
felt the American public
should know, he said.
According to the ADC
version, the GAO report had
stated: "The Israeli gov-
ernment is concerned about
U.S. efforts to assist various
Arab countries to imporve
their military forces and
thus achieve a strategic
consensus against the
threat of Soviet incursion
into the region.
"Israeli officials believe
that another war . with the
Arab countries is likely and
that the U.S. regional ef-
forts can contribute to
threatening Israeli secu-
rity.
Another portion, accord-
ing to the ADC version,
cites the CIA as warning

Orators Group
Elects Eban

NEW YORK (JTA) —
Abba Eban, Israel's former
Ambassador to the United
Nations and now a Labor
Party member of Knesset,
was one offive 20th Century
speakers recently elected to
the International Platform
Association's Orator's Hall
of Fame.
President John F. Ken-
nedy led the 1983 list which
also included Adlai Steven-
son, Gen. Douglas MacAr-
thur and William Jennings
Bryan.
- The five best orators in
history elected last year
were: Daniel Webster, Ab-
raham Lincoln, Winston
Churchill, Franklin
Roosevelt and Martin
Luther King._
When informed of his
election to this prestigi-
ous organization, Eban
quipped "You realize I
am the only one still
alive."
The International Plat-
form Association (IPA) was
founded in 1831 by Daniel
Webster and has been the
professional association of
those who run thousands of
organizations which corn-
pose the American lecture
platform. ,
It claims a nation-wide
bi-partisan membership of
more than 5,000. Members
of the Orator's Hall of Fame
are elected by a poll of the
IPA. Edward R. Murrow
was a former chairman and
nuclear physicist Glen Sea-
borg is the current chair-
man.

that U.S. military sales to
Arab states "could exacer-
bate concerns about the
Arab threat and could foster
Israeli preemptive attacks
in future crises."
Other deletions in the
report indicate a di-
vergence of opinions
about how much of a
threat the Arab world
poses to Israel. Accord-
ing to the report, "While
Israel perceives the
threat to be grave, the
DOD (Department of De-
fense) officials believe it
is overemphasized at this
time." •
The censored version also
contained passages saying
that Israel had broken
promises to the U.S. that it
would not invade Lebanon,
according to the ADC
spokesman. The report, he

noted, said Israel would ask
for an increase from the $1.4
billion in aid it receives
from the U.S., and that is
expects the U.S. to finance
half of its military budget.

The report as the GAO re-
leased it, entitled "U.S. As-
sistance to the State of Is-
rael," found the aid program
to be effective from political,
security and economic vie-
wpoints. The report was
taken at the initiative of the
GAO which is the auditing
agency for Congress, as one
of a series on U.S. assistance
to key Middle East coun-
tries.
It stated that peace is the
real solution to Israel's bur-
den of defense and debt. It
found no evidence of abuse
or waste in the administra-
tion of U.S. aid.

German Town's Chronicle
Has Anti-Semitic Overtone

BONN (JTA) — An offi-
cial chronicle of the West
German town of Moringen
which claims that Jews pro-
voked the infamous "Kris-
tallnacht" in 1938, has
drawn an angry protest
from Heinz Galinski,
chairman of the Jewish
community of West Berlin
to Prime Minister Ernst Al-
brecht of the federal state of
Lower Saxony.
Galinski charged that
publication of the chronicle
was a scandal and an insult
to the Jewish victims of
Nazism and Jews in gen-
eral.
The chronicle was written
by the town archivist, an
honorary position, to mark
Moringen's 1,000th an-
niversary. It states that
"The so-called Reichs-
kristallnacht in November
1938, was the outcome of
worldwide Jewish provoca-
tions." According to the
writer, German businesses
in the United States were
stoned and damaged at the

Seven Wounded.
Near E. Beirut

TEL AVIV (JTA) —
Seven Israeli soldiers were
wounded, two seriously,
when their patrol was am-
bushed Sunday night in the
Kfar Ein Anub area near
east Beirut. Two uniden-
tified Lebanese were killed
by Israeli soldiers when
their car tried to crash a
roadblock set up in the vic-
inity while a search was
conducted for the attackers
of the patrol.
A military spokesman
said the army has appointed
a commission to inquire into
the shooting incident at the
roadblock.
An Israel army position
on the Jebel Barukh in the
Shouf mountains came
under fire but there were no
casualties. It was the first
time in several weeks that
fire was opened on Israelis
from the direction of Syrian
positions in eastern Leba-
non. The army is trying to
determine whether the fire
came from Syrian units or
from terrorist groups
operating in the area.

instigation of Jews and a
number of assassination at-
tempts were made on the
lives of German representa-
tives aborad.
The German people
were not willing to
tolerate this and "several
radical elements of the SS
and the SA lost their
temper" and reacted with
"the madness which was
later labelled by some as
the Reichskristallnacht."
It was so labeled because
of the shattered glass that
littered the streets of Ger-
man cities after a nightlong
rampage in which Nazi
gangs smashed the windows
of Jewish shops and homes
and destroyed other Jewish
property.
The chronicle contains
another passage with anti-
Semitic overtones. It states
that there was a Jewish
youth named Willi who
"enjoyed in Moringen full
recognition because he was
the only Jew there who
worked with his hands."
The town authorities have
told reporters that they
have no intentions of chang-
ing any part of the
chronicle.
Galinski warned in his
letter to Albrecht that if
there is no suitable retrac-
tion the chronicle will
further encourage neo-Nasi
activities and other anti-
Semitic manifestations in
the federal republic.

Bar-Ilan Gets
$3 Million for
Business School

RAMAT GAN — Two
gifts totalling $3 million,
have been earmarked for
Bar-Ilan University's new
School of Economics and
Business.
The donors — S. Daniel
Abraham and Jerome L.
Stern, both of New York —
are founding chairmen of
the new school, which will
stress American methods of
management and business
administration in training
future executives and ad-
ministrators for the private
and public sectors in Israel.

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