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August 12, 1983 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-08-12

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Victims of French Terror Attack
Memorialized at Jewish Quarter

— dozen other religious lead
President Francois Mitter- ers recited Kadish and
rand was one of the extracts from the Psalms.
thousands of people who
For several hours
came Tuesday to pay tribute people walked past Gol-
to the victims of the ter- denberg's restaurant in
rorist attack which a year silence. Some carried lit
ago killed six people and candles other laid
wounded 22 in a Jewish res- wreaths on the dusty
taurant in the old Jewish sidewalk.
Some of the community's
It was remembrance day traditional leaders pri-
on the Rue Des Rosiers vately criticized Klein for
where shops were closed having compared, in press
and people came from all interviews which appeared
over the country to com- Tuesday, the Rue des
memorate the event and Rosiers - attack with the re-
show their solidarity with cent murder of three Arab
Jewish community.
students in Hebron.
The street was closed to
Klein, a 62-year-old
traffic early in the morning lawyer who holds both
as loudspeakers started to French and Israeli
broadcast traditional nationalities and lives half
Hasidic tunes. A long line of of the time in Jerusalem
people passed through the where he is a member of the
heavy police cordons and bar, said:
filed by Jo Goldenberg's res-
"As far'as I am concerned,
taurant, laying flowers on shooting people sitting in
the spot where most of the Goldenberg's restaurant or
victims fell.
those in an Islamic school in
Mitterrand, who was Hebron, is the same." flp
accompanied by Elysee told several daily papers,
Palace Chief of Staff including the leftwing Lib-
Jean-Louis Bianco and eration, "How can one con-
his main Jewish adviser, demn the Rue des Rosiers
Joseph Attali, seemed attack without condemning
personally moved as he what has happened in Heb-
read aloud the names of ron?"
the victims ... Jews,
French police, mean-
Christians and Moslems while, say their year-long
— on a plaque outside investigations are finally
Goldenberg's restaurant progressing. The police
where the bullet marks sources say they have
are still visible.
ballistic proof that the
On the day of the attack, Rue des Rosiers killers
Aug. 9, 1982, Mitterrand used similar weapons to
flew back to Paris from his those with which mem-
summer home in the south bers_ of the Abu Nidal
of France to attend a special group used when they at-
funeral service in the quar- tacked Vienna's main
ter's old synagogue.
synagogue in August
Tuesday, as he recalled 1981.
that tragic event, he told the
The Vienna terrorists
newly elected president of
been arrested and the
the Council of Major French
Austrian police are con-
Jewish Organization
(CRIF), Theo Klein, that his vinced they belong to the
Abu Nidal gang.
administration will con-
The French also believe
tinue to do all it can to pre-
vent future terrorist attacks that the terrorist arrested
and to protect the Jewish last April in Lisbon and
charged with the murder of
PLO roving ambassador
Klein and the new CRIF and negotiator Issam Sar-
leadership had decided on a tawi, was part of the Rue de
silent ceremony. There Rosiers hit gang.
were no speeches, but Chief
The suspect was ques-
Rabbi Rene Sirat and half a tioned by a French inves-

tigating magistrate and the
French Ministry of Justice
is preparing to ask Portugal
for his extradition.
French radio reports
said that an Armenian
involved in the recent
Orly Airport explosion at
the Turkish air line
counter had also played
an active role in the Rue
des Rosiers attack.
The man, for whom an ar-
rest warrant has been is-
sued, reportedly harbored
the killers after the attack.
He might also have supplied
them, police suspect, with
the grenade used against
the Goldenberg restaurant.


Friday, August 12, 1983 25

Synagogue Hit by Bomb Blast

(JTA) — A powerful explo-
sion ripped through the
Temple Israel synagogue in
Johannesburg last Satur-
day. No one was in it when
the explosion occurred, just
hours before President
Marais Viljoen was
scheduled to attend cere-
monies to mark the 50th
anniversary of Reform
Judaism in South Africa.
Viljoen was to have
attended the ceremonies
along with the Israeli am-
bassador, the mayor of
Johannesburg and the ad-
ministrator of Transvaal
Province. The service was
held at another synagogue.
Police launched an inves-
tigation of the incident, but
Col. Frank Bull of the

Johannesburg police said it
could not be immediately
determined "if there was a
bomb, either inside or out-
side the building."


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Canadian Jews Join Fight
for French in Manitoba

Jewish community officials
in Manitoba have taken the
lead among the non-
Anglo-Saxons and non-
French ethnic communities
in the provincial govern-
ment's campaign to obtain
official status for the French
language in this western
Canadian province. Other
ethnic groups that have fol-
lowed suit are the Ukrai-
nians, Indians, Portuguese,
Chinese and Metis (Indians
of mixed origin.)
For more than a month
the Manitoba government
has been trying to get a pro-
posal adopted in the legisla-
ture to restore the constitu-
tional rights of French-
Manitobans, which were
lost 93 'years ago after the

legislature passed a law ab-
rogating French language
had appeared to be a losing
battle against opposition
Conservative lawmakers.

But"the tide may now be
turning, as a result of the
intervention of the Jewish
and other ethnic com-
munities. Israel Ludwig,
chairman of the Joint
Community Relations
Committee of the Winnipeg
Jewish Community
Council/Canadian Jewish
Congress, declared: "In a
multicultural society, sen-
sitivity to the rights of the
two official language groups
(English and French) helps
create an atmosphere that
promotes the right of all


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