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May 11, 1984 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-05-11

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Friday, May 11, 1984






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Every five years, top
leaders of the American
Jewish Joint Distribution
Committee and of the
United Israel Appeal — the
two founders of the United
Jewish Appeal 45 years ago
as their merged fund-
raising arm — get together
at a ceremony to sign their
renegotiated agreement of
partnership. The agree-
ment sets the sums that
each of the two partners
should receive from the
funds which the UJA se-
cures from 210 Jewish fed-
erations and from about 450
non-federated community
The ceremony last week
took place in a spirit of
enduring friendship and
understanding of each
other's needs. There was no
bargaining as to the di-
vision of allocations.
The merger of the two
agencies' fund-raising into
the United Jewish Appeal
was a direct response to the
infamous Nazi "Kris-
tallnacht" of Nov. 10, 1938,
when synagogues were
burned in Germany and
scores of Jews were beaten
and killed. This made the
leaders of American Jewry
realize that only a decen-
tralized fund-raising body

could fully mobilize the re-
sources needed to meet the
crisis confronting the Jews
of Europe on the eve of
World War II.
The five-year renewed
contract provides that =the
United Israel Appeal is to
receive yearly 88 percent of
the "first $200 million se-
cured by the UJA and 75
percent of the excess raised.
The JDC is to receive 12
percent of the first $200 mil-
lion and 25 percent of the
excess. The UJA receives
about 62 percent of the
funds raised in campaigns
conducted by Jewish federa-
tions. Together with the

`Jews fare better in Iran
than Bahai counterparts'

Washington (JTA) —
While Jews and other reli-
gious minorities in Iran are
discriminated against, they
are not persecuted in the
way that members of the
Bahai faith are, Elliott Ab-
rams, assistant secretary of
state for human rights and
humanitarian affairs said.
Testifying before the
House Foreign Affairs
Committee's subcommittee

Location of U.S. embassy
draws fire at home, abroad

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Washington (JTA) — The
State Department main-
tained last week that its de-
cision on the location of the
U.S. Embassy in Israel will
not be influenced by threats
from Arab countries.
"We determine our own
policy based on our assess-
ment of our interests," de-
partment deputy spokes-
man Alan Romberg said. He
added that President Re-
agan has recently stressed
U.S. opposition to Congres-
sional efforts to move the
embassy from Tel Aviv to
Romberg's remarks came
after he refused to comment
on a reported statement by
President Hosni Mubarak
of Egypt that Egypt would
break diplomatic relations
with any country that
moved its embassy to
Meanwhile, the Rev.
Jerry Falwell, president of
the Moral Majority, charged
last Tuesday that the
United States has made an
international "door-mat"
out of Israel by the refusal to
move the U.S. Embassy
from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The U.S. position is "a
slap in the face of one of our
true friends in the world,"
the Protestant fundamen-
talist leaders said in testify-
ing before a joint hearing of
the House Foreign Affairs
Committee's subcommit-
tees on Europe and the Mid-
dle East and on Interna-
tional Operations.

sums it receives from non-
federated community cam-
paign.s it was able last year
through the UIA to trans-
mit $325- million in cash to
the Jewish Agency in Israel
for various humanitarian
Originally, the JDC was
the senior partner of the
UJA, receiving a larger
than the UIA from fu
raised by UJA. With trie
mass-emigration to Pales-
tine of Jewish survivors of
the Holocaust, liberated
after the fall of the Nazi re-
gime, the UIA became the
larger partner in the UJA

In a related development,
the president of Costa Rica
has declared that he would
"not give in to diplomatic
terrorism" and move his na-
tion's Israeli embassy out of
Addressing the annual
convention of B'nai B'rith
International's Caribbean
District in Panama last
week, President Luis Al-
berto Monge said that he
transferred the Costa
Rican Embassy from Tel
Aviv "not for military or
economic reasons, but be-
cause of morality," and
would not move it back
In Paris Olivier Stirn,
who was a minister in the
government of former
President Valery Giscard
d'Estaire, is urging France
and all western European
governments to transfer
their embassiesin Israel
from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Stirn heads an opposition
minority list, supported by
an ecological splinter fac-
tion, which is running for
election to the Parliament
of Europe. The elections will
be held July 23. He said that
once his faction is seated in
the Parliament, he would
"tirelessly press" for the
move. Neither the govern-
ment nor the major opposi-
tion parties have com-
mented on Stirn's proposal.
Unofficial spokesmen said
the former minister was
making an open bid for
Jewish votes.

on human rights, Abrams
said that in one of the
world's "worst" human
rights problems, the regime
of the Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini "has virtually
criminalized" the Bahais.
Viewed as "heretics and
as a potential fifth column
for the U.S. or Israel, the
Khomeini regime has rob-
bed the Bahais of their
rights as citizens in a way
sickeningly reminiscent of
Nazi Germany's treatment
of German Jews before the
Holocaust," Abrams said.
Judaism, however, is a
recognized religion and
Jews can practice their faith
and teach it to their chil-
dren, Abrams said. He
noted that "synagogues and
religious schools operate, at
least in Teheran" and the
Jewish community has a
representative in the Ira-
nian parliament.
But, Abrams said, "the
Khomeini regime is fiercely
anti-Zionist and anti-Israel,
with little distinction dis-
cernable between these sen-
timents and anti-Semitism.
Iranian Jews have been
forced to make anti-Israel
statements in public and
prominent Jews, particu-
larly those who may have
visited Israel during the
shah's regime, are always in
danger of being denounced
as Israeli agents. The loy-
alty of all Jews in Iran is
suspect," Abrams said.
He added that "Zionism"
is considered a capital crime
in Iran and several Jews
were executed on charge
spying for the U.S. or
and for Zionism in the early
days of the Khomeini re-

New LA center

New York — Plans for a
$20 million cultural center
in Los Angeles have been
announced by the Los
Angeles unit of the Hebrew
Union College-Jewish In-
stitution of Religion
(HUC-JIR), with ground-
breaking scheduled for
early in 1985.

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