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December 23, 1983 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-12-23

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

UN Hits Israel in 'Palestine Debate'

(Continued from Page 1)

occupied since 1967," was
approved by a vote of 81-27,
with 29 abstentions. The
U.S., Israel and West Euro-
pean countries voted
against it.
Another resolution
condemned the "increasing
collaboration" between Is-
rael and South Africa, espe-
cially in the nuclear field,
which, the resolution
stated, enabled Israel to
subject the states of the
Mideast to • "nuclear
blackmail." The vote on this
resolution was 101-18 with
20 abstentions.
Another resolution
called for sanctions
against Israel and de-
manded that all countries
refrain from giving arms
or economic aid to Israel,
and urged all states to cut
diplomatic ties with Is-
rael. The vote was 84-24
with 31 abstentions.
By a vote of 137 in favor,
with only Israel voting
against, the Assembly
adopted another resolution

declaring that Israel's deci-
sion to impose its laws,
jurisdiction and adminis-
tration on Jerusalem was
"null and void." The U.S.,
Guatemala and the
Dominican Republic
abstained on this resolu-
tion.
The final resolution
adopted by the Assembly by
a vote of 121-1 (Israel), and
20 abstentions, condemned
Israel's "plundering" of
Palestinian cultural prop-
erty during its occupation of
Beirut, and called on Israel
to make full restitution of
all such property through
the United Nations Educa-
tional, Scientific and Cul-
tural Organization.
During Monday's session,
which concluded the annual
Middle East debate, the
representatives of Iraq, Iran
and Libya repeatedly inter-
rupted Blum's speech, re-
ferring to him as the repre-
sentative of the "Zionist
entity." Iran accused Blum
of using "polluted rhetoric"
in the service of "filthy
American imperialism."

Israel Won't Have to Repay
U.S. for $1.4 Billion in Aid

WASHINGTON (JTA) — concessionary rates to
The Reagan Administra- friendly countries in finan-
tion has agreed to provide cial straits.
Israel $1.4 billion in mili-
The proposal to pro-
tary aid in the next fiscal
vide
more aid as grants
year, which begins Oct. 1,
without requiring repay- was advocated recently
by a commission which
ment.
According to Administra- studied the aid programs,
tion officials, this is part of a headed by Frank Car-
new policy to provide out- lucci, a former long-time
right military grants to high-ranking govern-
friendly countries facing fi- ment official.
A State Department offi-
nancial difficulties in
strategic areas of the world cial said the U.S. must de-
cide whether a friendly
without requiring them to
country deserves American
dip into scarce foreign ex-
military aid and that if it
change reserves.
Another beneficiary of does, the U.S will provide
that aid in a way which will
this new policy is Egypt,
not drain the country's fi-
which will receive $1.1 bil-
lion in grants. Both grants
nancial reserves.
require Congressional ap-
Both U.S. and Israeli offi-
proval.
cials here said that conces-
Department sionary loan rates are still
State
spokesman John Hughes being discussed but will
said the United States is probably be about three to
"concerned about the four percent. The current
debt burden of develop- rate is 11.5 percent, they
ing countries and the fact said.
that United States secu-
The officials pointed out
rity assistance loans may
that in the current 1984 fis-
add to that burden."
cal year, Israel is getting a
He declined to discuss the
total of $1.7 billion in mili-
specific amounts to be pro-
tary aid of which half does
posed by the Administra-
not have to be repaid. Ac-
tion for the 1985 fiscal year,
cording to informed sources,
noting that President Re-
Israel already owes the U.S.
agan has not yet presented
more than $10 billion in
his proposed budget to Con-
military loan debts.
gress.
Hughes said that if the
The $1.4 billion in mili-
U.S. decides to make its tary aid proposed for Is-
military assistance pro- ' rael in 1985 is $300 million
gram more "flexible," it will less than the 1984
be done on a worldwide amount, but officials said
basis with the degree of aid
the new program would
being given as a grant on a
be more attractive since
country-by-country basis.
none of the money would
The new policy represents have to be repaid.
a break with the decade-
The military aid is in
long approach of lending addition to economic aid,
money to governments at which is not changed by the
prevailing market rates to
military aid policy change.
buy American military The officials said the Re-
equipment, Administration agan Administration will
officials said. They noted ask Congress to appropriate
that the Administration in-
$850 million in economic
tends, instead, to give free
aid. Israel is asking for $1.2
military aid, or on highly billion.

In his remarks to the
Assembly, Blum said that
the five resolutions "in-
stead of calling for
negotiations and concili-
ation, they grotesquely
call on states to refrain
from supplying Israel —
the intended victim of re-
peated Arab aggression
— with the necessary
means of defense."
Rep. Stephen Solarz (D-
N.Y.), a member of the U.S.
delegation to the current
Assembly session, said after
the votes that "these resolu-
tions will do nothing to
further the cause of peace"
in the Mideast.
Last week, the UN
adopted five other anti-
Israeli resolutions on the
"Palestinian Question."
The resolutions were
adopted by a large majority.
Only Israel and the U.S.
voted against all the resolu-
tions. •
The major resolution,
adopted by a vote_of 124-4
with 15 abstentions, in-
vited all parties to the
Mideast conflict — in-
cluding the Palestine
Liberation Organization,
the U.S. and the Soviet
Union — to take part in
an international peace
conference "on an equal
footing."
The basis for the proposed
conference, the resolution
states, is the right of the
Palestinian people to an in-
dependent state in Pales-
tine and the right of all
states in the region to exist
within secure and recog-
nized boundaries. Canada
and Australia joined the
U.S. and Israel in voting
against this resolution.
The other four resolu-
tions, which were also
adopted by an overwhelm-
ing majority, dealt with the
implementation of the
recommendations of the
Special Committee on
Palestinian Rights, eco-
nomic and social assistance

Anti-Semitism
.Reappears in
Romania Media

. WASHINGTON (JTA) —
The Reagan Administra-
tion has charged that the
recent reappearance of
anti-Semitic tracts in the
Romanian government -
controlled media could not
have occurred without the
knowledge of the
authorities in that country.
The charge was contained
in the latest semi-annual
report on the implementa-
tion of the Helsinki Final
Act. Among the evidence
cited was an article in the
official Communist youth
paper in Bucharest which
claimed that foreigners,
identified by recognizable
Jewish names, are "poison-
ing the spirit of Romania."
In addition, a recently
published book of Roma-
nian folklore and proverbs
was praised by the official
government newspaper for
anecdotes describing Jews
as voracious money-
lenders. Derogatory names
were used to refer to Jewish
characters in these tales.

Music by

Sam Barnett

to the Palestinian people
and the dissemination of in-
formation regarding UN ac-
tivities on the "Palestine
Question."
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