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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-07-13

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

LETTERS

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Mitzvah madness

As a fellow Jew, I found
your article in the June 22
Jewish News quite disturb-
ing on , how our young-
families are going to the
limits on bar-bat mitzvahs.
Whatever happend to "tra-
dition"? Have they forgot-
ten their roots?
We must draw the line as
to how far we will go with
these elaborate
Hollywood-style parties .. .
C. Katz

Kick out PLO

Secretary of State George
Shultz states that govern-
ments opposed to terrorism

organization in the world.
The PLO long should have
been kicked out of our coun-
try and their fundraising
and recruiting for terrorist
activities etopped.
America, by allowing the
PLO to have offices in New
York and Washington and
to freely operate throughout
the country, means we have
condoned the rule of the
gun. It tells people that vio-
lence and the threat of vio-
lence against innocent
people is legitimate and re-
spectable. If we are serious
about curbing international.
terrorism, we must kick out
the terrorist PLO from our
country.

Hymie Cutler,

chairperson, Metro Detroit
Americans for a Safe Israel

Israel labor strife seen - easing

Tel Aviv (JTA) — The
labor strife that has plagued
Israel this month eased
somewhat last week, but
not all of the public sector
has returned to normal and
threats of strikes and work
slowdowns persist.
Striking Electric Corp.
employees were back on the
job Friday, restoring full
power after a week of
sporadic blackouts around
the country. They appar-
•ently failed to achieve any
major benefits from their

walkout.
Foreign Ministry staff, on
strike since the beginning of
the month, obeyed a court
order and returned to their
jobs. But about 300 of them
•sported buttons proclaim-
ing, "I am working under
the coercion of a back-to-
work order."
Striking clerks of the
rabbinical courts who
created havoc two weeks
ago by refusing to issue
marriage licenses or divorce
decrees have also returned
to work at the urging of the
Chief Rabbinate which
promosed to help adjudicate
their wage dispute.' The
rabbinical court workers
are demanding the same
pay as civil court clerks.
Life guards are back on
the job on the Tel Aviv
beaches, just in time to cope,
with peak summer crowds.
The Haifa oil refineries are
functioning after a four-day
work stoppage, but only
with skeleton crews ordered
by the courts to fill tank
trucks with fuel for delivery
to gasolin •stations and fac-
tories.
Striking meterolOgists
have resumed their weather
forecasts, but only on a
limited basis. Radios and
television screens came
alive again this month as
broadcast journalists
reached agreement with the
state-owned Broadcast
Authority for a wage scale
equal to that of print jour-
nalists. But administrative
employees of the Broadcast

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must be willing to take
"appropriate preventative
actions." Shultz cited the
Palestine• Liberation
Organization for terrorist
actions and added that the
Soviet Union and its allies
provided "financial, logistic
and training support for
terrorists world-wide."
It was 31/2 years ago that
President Reagan an-
nounced that combatting
terrorism would be his first
national security priority.
Is the Administration still
just talking?
If the Reagan Adminiq-
tration really means what
they say, as a first step they
should close the American
offices of the Palestine Lib-
eration Organization, the
most bloodthirsty terrorist

Authority are continuing
their sanctions and many
scheduled programs have
yet to return to the air. The
Supreme Court has ordered
that the nightly half hour
allotted to the political par-
ties for their campaign mes-
sages must not be inter-
rupted.
Some 60,000 govern-
ment-employed engineers
and academicians in the so-
cial sciences remained on
strike this week in a dispute
with Histadrut and the gov-
ernment over a wage
agreement concluded last
month which they refuse to
accept,
Clerks at the Israel Dis-
count Bank threatened a
24-hour strike and junior
high school teachers are
warning of sanctions that
may delay the opening •of
the new school year in Sep-
tember.
In other economic de-
velopments, the govern-
ment opted for a very mod-
est rise in prices this month,
laying it open to charges of
"election economics" by the
Labor opposition.
The prices of basic com-
modities were raised by just
eight percent and the price
of gasoline by ten percent.
Government subsidies will
cover the gap between those
rises and the real cost in-
creases which are 20 per-
cent for basics and 30 per-
cent for gas.
This is not more than a
continuation of the policies
adopted in April im-
mediately after the Knesset
voted to hold early elec-
tions. In April the consumer
price index rose by 20.6 per-
cent but the price of basic
commodities went up only
14 percent, thanks to sub-
sidies. The pattern was re-
peated in May when the CPI
was up 14.3 percent but the
actual cost of basic, items
went uif only nine percent.
The country's dollar re-
serves fell by $350 million
in June, largely as a result'
of heavy purchases of

foreign curreny by the pub-
lic fearful of further devalu-
ations of the shekel.
The shekel was devalued
by 17.2 percent last -month
and now stands at an official
rate of 236.4 to the dollar.
The black market rate over
the weekend stood at 350
shekels to $1.00.
The government is ex-
pected to take an "overnight
loan" from foreign sources,
the Jerusalem Post reported
last week, so that when offi-
cial statistics are released
later this rmonth foreign
currency situation will not
appear too bad. The Knesset
elections are less than
weeks off.
The public rushed to buy
•dollars and other foreign
currency befo
re the shekel
sank so low as to put them
out of reach. The buying
spree was financed in part'
by the government's injec-
tion of 40 billion shekels
(about $169 million) into
the economy in June and
partly by the conversion of
some 25 billion shekels
($106 million) of private as
into dollars.
According to treasury
figures, the total monetary
infusion by the government
between January and June
was 190 percent higher in
real terms than in the same
period of 1983. The excess of
government spending over
revenue — the nationalde-
ficit — was about 280 per-
cent higher.
Meanwhile, the Bank of
Israel is considering the'
printing of a 100,000 shekel
note, the Jerusalem Post re-
ported Sunday.
The paper said the bank
had planned a 50,000 shekel
note aa the highest denomi-
nation, but inflation was
outstripping its plans and
now an even higher de-
nomination was con-
templated. .
The 5,000 shekel note is
expected to come into use
next month but the 10,000
note will not be ready until
the end of the year.

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