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April 13, 1984 - Image 23

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-04-13

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

New arguments on embassy

Washington (JTA) — If
Congress adopts the pro-
posed legislation requiring
the U.S. Embassy in Israel
to be moved from Tel Aviv to
Jerusalem, the President
would not have to make the
shift immediately, Rep.
Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) said.
Lantos, who introduced
the bill in the House along
with Rep. Benjamin Gilman
(R-N.Y.), made this point in
testifying before a joint
hearing of the House
Foreign Affairs Committee
subcommittee on Europe
and the Middle East and In-
ternational Operations.
He said not only does the
bill "not set a deadline for
action" but there are no "fi-
nancially punitive meas-
ures," such as cutting off
funds for the embassy if it is
not moved.
Gilman and Lantos told
the two subcommittees that
the House bill ,pow has 220
co-sponsors, "a clear major-
ity." "Sen. Arlen Specter
(R-Pa.), who along with Sen.
Daniel Moynihan (D-N.Y.)
introduced a similar bill in
the Senate, said 42 Senators
support the bill, nine short
of a majority.
Lantos said that while he
wants the embassy "physi-
cally moved," even if the
only outcome is that Con-
gress expresses itself, "that
it wants to eliminate the
"inequity" and "double
standard" whereby Israel is
the only country out of the
135 where the United
States has embassies where
the embassy is not in the na-
tion's capital, "that would
also be a step in the right
direction."
President Reagan has
indicated that he would veto
the legislation.
Meanwhile, Lantos
strongly criticized "the
widely disseminated lobby-
ing of some ambassadors"
that if the embassy was
moved it would result in
terrorism against U.S. per-
sonnel and facilities in the
Middle East.
"When I introduced this
legislation, it was moti-
vated by one principle — to
right a wrong by rejecting a
discriminatory double
standard," Lantos said.
"Now a second principle
has become equally impor-
tant. We must never allow
U.S. policy to be dictated by
timid bureaucrats conjur-
ing up the spectre of ter-
rorism."
He said that by failing to
adopt the legislation, "We
are inviting and encourag-
ing extremists to threaten
violence whenever they dis-
agree with our policies.
American foreign policy
must never be held hostage
to the threat of blackmail."
Gilman also noted that
"our actions will be limited
indeed if we succumb to the
dictates and threats of fana-
tics and extremists."
But former Rep. Paul
McCloskey (R-Calif.) said
that if the law was adopted
it would result in the loss of
more American lives than
the Gulf of Tonkin resolu-
tion which led to the heavy
involvement of the Ameri-
can military in Vietnam.

;

He predicted that young ability to be a peace-maker
Moslems would engage in in the Middle East.
acts of violence against
Specter said that the
Americans for generations.
move would facilitate the
Rep. Mervyn Dymally negotiations by letting "the
(D-Calif.) said that in a re- Arabs know they cannot sit
cent meeting with represen- still forever." He said it
tatives of Arab Chambers of would also be a "signal" to
Commerce they said that Egyptian President Hosni
there would be a boycott of Mubarak to "put your am-
U.S. products if the embassy bassador back in Israel."
was moved.
But Rep. Nick Rahall
Lantos stressed that mov- (D-W.VA.) said that "mov-
ing the embassy will not ing the embassy would be
"judge or in any way affect perceived as the United
any issue or controversy States having pre-judged
surrounding the Arab- the issue — a unilateral act
Israeli convflict. West — making any future
Jerusalem has been an in- negotiations useless."
tegral part of Israel since
Former Rep. Paul Findley
1949 and this has been rec- (R-Ill.) said that it "would be
ognized by all nations with a signal that the United
whom Israel maintains dip- States has given up on the
lomatic relations." He noted process of peaceful negotia-
the U.S. Embassy would be tions and accepts the status
in West Jerusalem..
quo in Jerusalem which was
Gilman also stressed that established and is main-
moving the embassy would tained by force." He said
recognize "the reality that that "enactment of this bill
Jerusalem is the capital and could convey the explosive
administrative heart of Is- message that peaceful set-
rael" and "would not in any tlement is impossible."
way affect the territorial is-
McCloskey said that mov-
sues relating to Jerusalem." ing the embassy would be
Rep. Michael Barnes perceived by the Arab world
(D-Md.) said he was "disap- as U.S. approval of Israel's
pointed" that Secretary of annexation of East
State George Shultz has Jerusalem and of Israel's
argued that moving the em- settlement policies in the
bassy would harm the U.S. West Bank and Gaza.

New volume by cartoonist
Schulz deals with theology

BY CHARLES MADISON
New York — Comics are
not on my reading list, but
Charles M. Schulz, the
popular author of Peanuts
and now of And the Beagles

and the Bunnies Shall Lie
Down Together (Holt) is
several levels above his fel-
low comic artists in that an
aspect of seriousness is be-
hind the comic element.
This particular collection
deals largely with "theol-
ogy," and addresses adults
as well as adolescents.
What Schulz implies,
over and over, is the truism
of the saying that out of the
mouths of babes . . . In all
innocence, the little boy in

Israeli seamen
end walkout

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Israeli
merchant marine officers
and harbor pilots staged a
one-day strike last week
which shut down Israeli
ports and idled Israeli mer-
chant ships at overseas
ports.
The strikers and the port
authorities agreed to a
Labor Court proposal for the
mediation of grievances by
the director general of the
Finance Ministry and the
head of Histadrut's Trades
Union Department.
The strike called by the
marine officers union was
not over wages but for gov-
ernment action in support of
the country's merchant fleet
which is, in large part,
government-owned. The
officers are demanding an
effective national maritime
policy, increased support for
seamen's training schools
and improved subsidies to
ensure a viable future for
Israel's deep-sea shipping.

the drawings brings out
some of the morality and
wisdom inherent in both the
Old and New Testaments.
And because these truths
are stated in all naive seri-
ousness, they are the more
effective.
In one cartoon, for in-
stance, he states: "Someone
has said that one should live
each day as if it were the
last day of our life." Another
example: "As it says in the
ninth chapter of
Ecclesiastes, 'A living dog is
better than a dead lion.' "
And how many readers
know that "the Bible con-
tains 3,566,480 letters and
773,893 words?"
The volume also includes
topics about Christmas, the
Thanksgiving pumpkin,
etc. Readers of comics may
smile and even laugh while
reading the ballooned writ-
ing, but the thoughts ex-
pressed in them, however
casually or innocently
stated, no doubt leave their
impress on their minds.

France, Brazil
assimilating

New York (ZINS) — Rab-
bis in Paris and Sao Paulo
are reporting increasing as-
similation in France and
Brazil.
Chief Rabbi Rene Sirot
was quoted recently as say-
ing that seven out of ten
marriages involving Jews
in France are mixed mar-
riages.
Rabbi Henry Sobel of
Brazil said that assimila-
tion has reached the 50 per-
cent level in his country,
with a significant number of
Jews converting to Catholi-
cism.

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