Spain, Israel Commence Scheduled Airline Service
TEL AVIV (JTA) — Iberia, the Spanish national airline, flew an inaugural flight
July 27 from Madrid to Ben-Gurion Airport, starting a regular service between Spain
and Israel for the first time.
El Al began regular flights to Madrid this week. Because official diplomatic relations
between Spain and Israel do not exist, despite Israeli efforts to arrange them after the fall
Hebron as a
of the Franco regime, the air service agreement was discussed and signed by the two
airlines, instead of via the customary diplomatic process between two countries.
Iberia will fly a DC-10 plane from Madrid to Israel on Wednesdays and a Boeing 727
from Madrid and Barcelona on Fridays. Starting Aug. 15, El Al will fly a Boeing 707 to
Madrid on Mondays and Thursdays.
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August 5, 1983
Blum Blasts Security Council
Effort to Rebuke Settlements
Seen in Central America
NEW YORK (JTA) — The Reagan Administration has charged
that the Palestine Liberation Organization "is an active ally of Com-
munist revolutionaries throughout Central America."
This charge was contained in the July 20 issue of the White House
Digest, a service provided by the White House Office of Media Relations
According to the digest, the PLO is supplying training and mate-
riel to the Sandinista government in Nicaragua and to the anti-
government guerrillas in El Salvador.
The report noted that "since being introduced to the region by
(Cuban President Fidel) Castro, the PLO has developed ties with revo-
lutionary groups in nearly half the countries in the region."
At the same time, the Sandinistas were fighting alongside the
PLO in the Middle East as early as 1970, according to the report.
The digest emphasized that neither side has denied the link
between them, and it cited statements issued by Latin American
and PLO leaders.
The digest explained that the PLO was introduced to the region in
1966, when Castro sponsored the First Conference of the Organization
of Solidarity of the Peoples of Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
PLO representatives attended the conference, and Castro "began
efforts to make the PLO a part of international revolutionary activities,
especially in Latin America."
By the late 1960s, Cuban and PLO officers were training together
in the Soviet Union and assisting each other with military and intelli-
gence personnel. In 1972, Castro met with PLO leaders in Algeria and
the two sides agreed to step up their joint activities, the digest said. In
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Sao Paulo Council
Hits Zionism, U.S.
SAO PAULO (JTA) — The Jewish community of
Brazil has lodged a formal protest against a motion
adopted by the Municipal Council of Sao Paulo which
condemns "massacres and genocide" perpetrated by
"Zionists in the Middle East," the World Jewish Con-
According to the Confederacao Israelita do Brasil,
the central representative body of Brazilian Jewry and
the WJC affiliate, the anti-Israel resolution coincided
with the Third Congress of the Arab-Palestinian-
Brazilian Federation last month.
The resolution condemned "aggressions and
the genocide perpetrated by the Zionists in the
Middle East with support of the bellicose forces of
the North American government of Ronald Rea-
The resolution also praised the anti-Zionist periodi-
cal "Jerusalem" for its efforts in informing Brazilian
public opinion about the "massacres practiced by the
Zionist government of Begin which exceeded those
committed against the Jews during the second World
Protesting the "arbitrary confiscation" by Brazilian
authorities of one of the . issues of "Jerusalem," the
Municipal Council requested that the resolution be con-
veyed to the editors of the journal, to the Arab-
Palestinian-Brazilian Federation and to Farid Sawan,
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UNITED NATIONS (JTA) — The United States vetoed a Secu-
rity Council resolution Tuesday night that deplored Israel's settle-
ment policies as "illegal" and urged the international community
"not to provide Israel with any assistance to be used specifically in
connection with settlements in the occupied territories."
The American veto concluded the debate of the council on the
situation in the West Bank in the wake of an attack by masked
gunmen on students at the Islamic College of Hebron last week.
Three students were killed and 33 were wounded. Although the
identity of the gunmen has not yet been determined, the Arabs
accused Israeli settlers of being responsible for the killings.
The United States was the only country in the 15-member coun-
cil to cast a "no" vote. Thirteen countries supported the resolution,
and Zaire abstained.
Yehuda Blum, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations,
said that his country condemned the murders in Hebron and
recalled the statements by the Israeli government to that effect
after the incident. But he said that Israel "cannot get a fair deal in the Security Council."
In a sharply worded speech, Blum rejected the charges made against Israel during the
debate and said "that foul and abusive language" has become common in the-council when Israel
is the topic of discussion. "The sad fact is that this council has over the years systematically
disqualified itself' from helping negotiate peace in the Mideast, Blum declared. He said the
Security Council has devoted one-third to one-half of its sessions to Israel during the past four
years while ignoring problems like Afghanistan and Cambodia.
The Israeli envoy said that the council is guilty of bias against Israel. "When had the council
ever expressed concern over the murder of Jews?" Blum asked, adding: "Why was one supposed
to believe in the council's impartiality toward Israel?" He said that the real reason for the
campaign against Israel in the UN is because Israel's right to exist is denied by its enemies.
As for the issue of Israeli settlements, Blum said that the right of Jews to live anywhere in
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1st Falasha Graduate Jewish Population
Recognized in Israel Shrinking, Older
Prime Minister Menahem Begin is shown con-
gratulating the first Falasha university graduate in
Israel, Rahamim Elazar, 27, who completed his work
last week in Middle Eastern studies at Tel Aviv Uni-
versity. At right is Murray Greenfield, Israeli repre-
sentative of the American Association for Ethiopian
Jews, which helped support Elazar during his
studies. This year the AAEJ granted stipends and
scholarships to 70 young Falasha men and women in
Israeli institutions of higher education.
NEW YORK (JTA) — The world Jewish population
is dropping below the point of zero population growth
and is beginning a numerical decline that will acceler-
ate in years to come according to a study by the Ameri-
can Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Brookdale In-
stitute of Gerontology and the Hebrew University Insti-
tute of Contemporary Jewry.
The study notes that despite the decrease in total
Jewish population there will be an increase in Jewish
elderly, particularly among people over age 75, and par-
ticularly in Israel where the number in this category is
expected to jump 150 percent in the quarter-century
between 1975 and the year 2000.
JDC president Henry Taub called the report "a
significant study with implications that demand
the immediate attention of those concerned with
the viability of the Jewish community." JDC execu-
tive vice president Ralph Goldman described the
report as offering "a major world-wide challenge
which, in Israel, will reach crisis proportions."
While the study, "Elderly Jews in the World," which
was written by Prof. U.O. Schmelz, predicts a drop in the
number of Jews in the Diaspora from 9.6 million to 8
million in less than 20 years, the study also predicts a
sharp rise in the number of elderly, particularly among
those over 75 whose numbers will reach an estimated
910,000 by the year 2000. Nearly 190,000 of these are
expected to be living in Israel.