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March 16, 1984 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-03-16

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Friday, March 16, 1984


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MK: Israel Doing All It Can
to Rescue Ethiopia Falashas

raeli Knesset member Mor-
dechai Ben Porat (Telem)
said that Israel was making
every possible effort, includ-
ing the use of diplomatic
channels, to aid in the re-
scue of the Ethiopian
Jewish community.
Speaking at a news con-
ference in the offices of the
National Jewish • Commu-
nity Relations Advisory
Council (NCJRAC), Ben
Porat said that since the es-
tablishment of the state of
Israel some 5,500 Falashas
have arrived in Israel, the
bulk of them arriving dur-
ing 1983.
Falashas who recently
have arrived in Israel live in
17 absorption centers, five
of which ate student cen-
ters, according to Ben Porat,
who is chairman of the
Inter-Ministerial Commit-
tee on Ethiopian Jews
which comprises represen-
tatives of the prime minis-
ter's offices, the Jewish
Agency, the Foreign Minis-
try and the Knesset.
Ben Porat stressed that
retaining the cultural heri-
tage that the Falashas
bring from Ethiopia is a
central concern to the Is-
raeli government and said
the Falashas represented a
"very vital element" to Is-
raeli society. He noted that
in the absorption centers,
the Falashas are not iso-
lated from other olim and
are in contact with olim
from Russia and Syria.
Without specifically re-
ferring to any group, Ben
Porat said he felt the rescue
of Ethiopia's 18,000
member Jewish community
was best left to the Israeli
government and said he op-
posed operations by un-
trained independent organ-
izations who have worked

independently of the Israeli
Ben Porat, 61, was born in
Baghdad, Iraq where he was
a leader of a clandestine
Zionist youth movement be-
fore arriving in Israel in
1945. He fought as a section
leader of the Hagana in
1947 and later in the War of
In 1949, he was sent to or-
ganize illegal emigration of
Jews from Iraq and was a
leader in "Operation Ezra
and Nehemia" which re-
sulted in the escape of over
120,000 Jews to Israel. Dur-
ing this mission, he was im-
prisoned and tortured; but
escaped four times although
two of his colleagues were
He is founding co-
chairman of the World
Organization of Jews from
Arab Countries.
The NJCRAC, which is
the national coordinating
and joint planning body of
11 national and 111 local
Jewish community rela-
tions agencies, last month
adopted at its 40th anniver-
sary plenary session in
Washington a series of goals
to aid the Falashas.
The goals, as outlined by
the NJCRAC, include the
encouragement of tourism
to Ethiopia to express sol-
idarity with the Falashas;
continued efforts to seek
continued and expanded
American emergency
drought relief aid to
Ethiopia and Africa; in-
creased efforts to provide
American Jewry with de-
tailed information and
interpretive resource mate-
rials on the plight of the
Falashas; and a unified and
coordinated approach "with
the primary authority re-
sponsible for relief and re-

Vessey Pledges U.S.-Israel
Cooperation on Defense

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John Vessey, chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
told leaders of the World
Jewish Congress (WJC) last
week that Israel is a
"strategic asset" to the
United States and disclosed
that "strategic cooperation
between the armed forces of
the United States and Israel
have marched along stead-
ily" despite any foot-
dragging by "politicians."
In a briefing last Thurs-
day at the Pentagon, Vessey
said there was "no reluc-
tance in the armed forces to
help Israel." The hour-long
session covered security as-
pects relative to the Middle
East, Latin America, the
East-West balance, and the
strategic arms question.
Vessey stressed that
Israeli-U.S. strategic coop-
eration should serve the
common interest of both
countries. "We don't want to
endanger Israel's security
by asking them to do some-
thing for us in the larger
strategic picture that
doesn't make sense for
them," he said.
Noting' that a strong Is-
rael is a strategic asset to

the United States, he added
that "an Israel we have
trapped into being put into
greater danger because we
have pushed them up
against the Soviets, doesn't
help Israel and doesn't
really help us."

In response to criticism by
Bernice Tannenbaum,
chairman of the WJC Inter-
national Affairs Commis-
sion, over the proposed sale
of stinger missiles to Jordan
and Saudi Arabia, Vessey
said that the request of the
weapons had been initiated
by the two Arab countries.
"Jordan is frightened to
death of Syria," he said, and
the U.S. would insure that
proper "safeguards" were
part of any such arms deliv-

Visit to Peking

Fallowing a
meeting with Chinese
President Li Xiannian in
Amman, Jordan, Palestine
Liberation Organization
Chairman Yasir Arafat ac-
cepted an invitation to visit
Peking in April.

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