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VOL. LXXXIV, No. 16
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December 16, 1983
Israel Has PLO in Quandary
Over Evacuation Intentions
Jewish Youth Is Charged
in Four Connecticut Fires
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (JTA) — A 17-year-old Jewish youth
who was a psychiatric in-patient in a Connecticut hospital was arrested
Tuesday and charged with an arson fire that damaged a local syna-
gogue of which he was a member as well as three-other arson attacks.
Barry Dov Schuss surrendered voluntarily to authorities and was
charged with four counts of second degree arson. Police said his arrest
closed the cases which had caused widespread concern and fear in the
local Jewish community.
The fires were set on Aug. 11 at the Young Israel Synagogue, of
which the defendant and his family were members; on Aug. 15 at the
Emanuel Synagogue; on Aug. 16 at the home of Rabbi Solomon
Krupka, rabbi of the Young Israel congregation; and Sept. 16 at the
home of state Rep. Joan Kemler, who is Jewish. The fires caused
extensive property damage but no injuries.
Judge Joseph Morelli of Superior Court ordered the youth
returned to the un-named Connecticut hospital pending another
court appearance on Jan. 4. Bail was set at $15,000.
Frances Reynolds, the West Hartford police chief, said the youth
had not given any specific reason for setting the fires. The state's
attorney, John Bailey, said Schuss gave officials a complete statement
"about his connection with the arson attacks and that he took full
responsibility for them." Reynolds said the police believed Schuss had
acted alone, based. on the information he provided about the fires. The
chief said Schuss had been the prime suspect in the case for some time.
Court officials said conviction on second-degree arson was punish-
able by a maximum penalty of 20-years imprisonment on each of the
four counts but John Downey, the youth's attorney, said he would try to
have Schuss tried as a youthful offender. The maximum penalty for
such an offender would be three years in prison on each count.
Rabbi Stanley Kessler, president of the Greater Hartford Rabbinic
Fellowship, said "a nightmare for the community" was over. He called
Schuss "a troubled young person."
Judge Morelli sealed the court papers, the defendant's
statement to authorities and the name of the hospital where the
youth was being treated. Drowney said the papers were being
sealed for security reasons — "and because of the fragile state"
of the youth.
The police said they did not know how long he had been a patient or
the nature of the treatment he had been getting.
Members of the Schuss family and representatives of the Jewish
community, including Rabbi Krupka, attended the court hearing
Tuesday. The rabbi appeared at the hearing with Schuss, his father and
their attorney. They left the court room without speaking to reporters.
The West Hartford community, with a large Jewish population,
had feared that the series of fires had been set by hate groups.
TEL AVIV (JTA) — Three Israeli Cabinet ministers have made conflicting statements
about Israel's intentions regarding Palestine Liberation Organization chief Yasir Arafat's
planned evacuation from northern Lebanon under United Nations protection.
Communications Minister Mordecai Zipori, addressing army officers Wednesday, said
Israel has made no promises that it would allow Arafat to leave Tripoli. He added, however, that
as a law-abiding country, Israel would not attack foreign naval vessels, presumably referring to
those that would escort Arafat and his 4,000 PLO terrorists to safety. Zipori stressed that it was
still Israel's policy to seek out and hit terrorists wherever they could be found.
Energy Minister Yitzhak Modai, addressing a forum of Likud's Liberal Party wing, spoke in
a similar vein. He said that Israel not only has given no promise to allow Arafat to leave Lebanon
but it has not promised to refrain from attacking the PLO evacuees when they leave. He stressed
that Israel's policy is to wage "a war of destruction" against the terrorists.
Zipori and Modal were less forthright than Deputy Premier David Levy, who was
quoted in a French newspaper interview as saying that no action would be taken
against Arafat's departure. That statement apparently annoyed other government
leaders who would prefer to keep Arafat guessing about Israel's intentions. But no one
has contradicted Levy, presumably because of the tense relationship between Levy and
Premier Yitzhak Shamir.
The U.S. has urged Israel not to do anything to impede the departure of Arafat.
State Department sources said Monday that Israel has been officially notified that the U.S.
supports the arrangement to allow the PLO to leave Tripoli in ships carrying the United Nations
Department deputy spokesman Alan Romberg did not mention Israel by name in his
statement stressing U.S. support for Arafat's departure. But when asked if the U.S. had
conveyed its views to Israel, he replied, "Our views are quite clear awl quite well known to the
Israelis. They are aware that we are in favor of the departure from Lebanon of Arafat."
Secretary of State George Shultz, after ending two days of talks in Tunisia and
Morocco in which the U.S. was strongly criticized for its_new strategic alliance with
Israel, said in Rabat that the U.S.
"expects" Arafat's evacuation to
Shamir has strongly objected to
the use of UN flags to protect Arafat,
particularly in the wake of last
LONDON (JTA) — In light of continued attempts to
week's bus bombing in Jerusalem
deny the facts of the Holocaust, the World Jewish Congress
on Tuesday reported the publication in Germany of an
which killed five Israelis and for
important book entitled "National-Socialist Mass Killings
which the PLO first took credit and
by Way of Poison Gas: A Documentation."
then denied it. However, the Israelis
According-to the WJC research arm, the Institute of
have not actually said that they will
Jewish Affairs, the book is the first systematic collection of
on the ships carrying the PLO to
documents and reports by witnesses of that gruesome chap-
ter of Nazi policy.
Romberg made clear the U.S.
The report was a major undertaking, the collective
supports the evacuation of the PLO
work of 24 authors from Germany, Israel, France, Poland,
in order to spare the residents of
Austria and The Netherlands. State Attorney Dr. Alex
Nazi Gas Chambers
Ruckert of Germany chaired the work.
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Group Asks Ann Arbor City Council Detroiter on U.S. Team
for Referendum on U.S. Aid for Israel for Pan Am Maccabiad
A group calling itself People for Re-assessment of Aid to Israel(PRAI) asked the Ann Arbor City
Council on Monday night to put an advisory referendum on the April election ballot requesting a cut in U.S.
aid to Israel.
PRAI told the council that it has gathered 4,000 signatures on a petition requesting the referendum.
The group wants aid to Israel reduced by the amount it has cost Israel "to occupy" and administer the West
Bank since 1967. PRAI says that cost equals $300 million.
Rabbi Allan D. Kensky of Ann Arbor's Cong. Beth Israel told The Jewish News that the Ann Arbor
Jewish Community Council has been conducting a "quiet campaign" opposing the referendum. He said the
Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Community Council "does now want to stimulate discus-
sion or controversy for them (PRAI)."
The committee has met with individual members of the city council and has given the council
position papers on the subject. Based on those discussions, Rabbi Kensky believes that the
council will not approve placing the referendum on the ballot.
Rabbi Kensky said three PRAI spokesmen gave a 10-minute presentation before the city council
Monday evening during the time period set aside for questions or comments from the audience. He said the
presentation was not on the agenda and there was no cross-discussion.
The rabbi said the community council may request time in January to make a presentation of its own if
the Community Relations Committee believes it necessary.
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A young athlete from Michigan has been selected to compete in the
fifth Pan American Maccabi Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Dec. 23-30.
Nicole Rival of Bloomfield Hills, who will soon be 15, has been
named to the women's tennis team for the U.S. delegation to the games.
Jewish athletes from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia,
Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, the United States and Venezuela will
Miss Rival is the daughter of Dr. Jan and Eva Rival, and has
been playing competitive tennis for less than three years. She
attends Lahser High School and won the third singles title in the
1983 Michigan high school girls' tennis championships.
She is ranked 40th in the Midwest and practices 2-3 hours per day,
six days a week.
Miss Rival will participate in the international Orange Bowl tour-
nament next week in Miami before leaving for Brazil.
Her sister, Anita, won several swimming events two years ago at
the World Maccabia Games in Israel, and hopes to participate in the
1985 Maccabia. Anita is now a member of the Harvard University girls