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July 20, 1984 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-07-20

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Hebrew Free Loan
helped the Russians

The entire Jewish Com-
munity of Detroit welcomed
the Russian refugees. Dr.
Gitelman in "The Russians
Aren't Coming" (July 13
Page 1), enumerated the
organizations that contrib-
uted to their settlement but
failed to mention the major
role of the Hebrew Free
Loan Association. •
Out of 1,500 Russians in
Detroit, we have given 560
interest-free loans in the
last ten years amounting to
nearly $600,000 in a revol-
ing fund. In 1980, 60 per-
cent of our overall loans
were granted to the Rus-

purchasing new furniture
but it was a' precious bit of
familiarity in a strange new
Our most common re-
quest has been $1,000 for a
second-hand car for trans-
portation to a new job.
There are very few repeat
loans which indicates they
only needed that one to soon
become self-supporting.
Each agency and organ-
ization played its part in re-
settlement of the Russians,
and the Hebrew Free Loan
Association also played a
significant role in that giant

Milton S. Marwil,

President, Hebrew Free Loan

to admit that Shai was
being held.
According to Amry, this
development brings closer
the start of negotiations for
a POW exchange between
Israel and the Jibril group.
But Tamir predicted that
the negotiations, when they
do begin, will be long and
Gen. Yaron said that the
-IDF has sufficient intelli-
gence data to refute reports
from Beirut that an IDF
Druze soldier, Samir Assad,
was killed when the Israel
Air Force and navy bom-
barded terrorist bases on
Anarib Island off the north-
ern Lebanese port of Tripoli
a week ago.

soldier, looked remarkably
fit after two years in prison.
He was not aware that he
was the father of a two-
year-old daughter, his wife
having given birth shortly
after he was posted missing
in Lebanon.
Tamir said Jibril's gioup
acknowledged that Shai
was their prisoner only
after many months of quiet
diplomacy and trips by
Amry between Damascus
and Tel Aviv via his lega-
tion in Athens. He said the
fact that about 120 PLO
men, most of them members
of Jibril's group, are still
held prisoner in Israel ap-
parently decided Jibril to
permit Red Cross visits and

NCCJ battles Alamo unit's
anti-Catholic hate campaign

Volunteers working
through the Detroit Round
Table of the National Con-
ference of Christians and
Jews (NCCJ) have removed
or covered more than 100
anti-Catholic posters at 20
sites around Detroit and
Dearborn in the last few
The hate posters are part
of a national anti-Catholic
campaign by the fundamen-
talist Alamo Foundation of
Arkansas. The posters have
been found in the Detroit,

Search ordered
of neo-Nazi villa

Amsterdam (JTA) — The
home of Mrs. Flora Rost van
Tonnigen, an unregener-
ated Nazi sympathizer and
the widow of a notorious
Dutch Nazi, has been or-
dered searched by the public
prosecutor - in the Anhem
district on suspicion that
the villa, recently used as a
meeting place for militant
Flemish neo-Nazis, is a dis-
tribution center for neo-
Nazi literature.

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daughters Beverly
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P.H.D. and Eleanor for
obtaining her C.P.A.

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Missing IDF soldiers found,
held captive by PLO faction

Tel Aviv (JTA) — An Au-
strian diplomat arrived
here last week with proof
that an Israeli soldier, Hezi
Shai, reported missing in
Lebanon two years ago is
alive and well, a prisoner of
a Palestinian dissident
group in Damascus.
Herbert Amry, Austria's
ambassador to Greece, also
confirmed that the Popular
Front for the Liberation of
Palestine-General Com-
mand, a breakaway faction
of the Palestine Liberation
Organization, headed by
Ahmed Jibril will permit
representatives of the In-
ternational Red Cross, for '
the first time, to visit Shai
and two other Israel De-
fense Force soldiers being
The soldiers, Nissim
Sales and Yosef Grof, were
known to be captives of Jib-
ril's group. But Shai's fam-
ily had heard nothing of his
fate nor did the IDF appar-
ently know whether he was
dead or alive.
Amry appeared at a press
conference in Tel Aviv with
Maj. Gen. Amos Yaron,
head of the IDF manpower
branch, former MK Shmuel
Tamis who coordinates the
government's . activities
with respect to prisoner-
of-war exchanges and an-
other former MK, Aryeh
Eliav, who, through con-
tacts in the Austrian gov-
ernment, has obtained news
of Israeli POWs captured in
the Lebanon war.
Amry brought the
families of the three soldiers
letters, personal messages
and photographs he had
taken with each of the men
at their places of captivity
last week. He disclosed that
the three Israelis were
being held separately and
had no contact with each
other. The envoy said he did
not know the!locations that
he was taken to for the
meetings except that they
were in or near Damascus.
He said Shai, a tank

July 20, 1984 5


I am proud and happy

sians, but since that date,
immigration has slowed to a
trickle and today we have
only 32 loans outstanding
for a balance of $35,000.
The loans were all for the
various reasons we have
been loaning money for the
last 90 years, but the Rus-
sians created a new type of
loan that we were never
called upon to deal with be-
fore. They were allowed to
take their household goods
with them and that entailed
one large container the size
of an autombile crate. It cost
$1,500 to ship that crate to
Detroit and we were called
upon scores of times to make
a loan for that purpose. It
not only saved the price of


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Flint and Ann Arbor areas.
The NCCJ volunteers
have been responding on a
weekly basis to sites where
the posters have been
placed. Posters that cannot
be easily removed are
covered with an NCCJ,
brotherhood poster.
To report posters or to
volunteer to help remove
them, call the Detroit
Round Table of the NCCJ,

Israelis head
for L.A. games

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Israel's
53-member Olympic squad
left for Los Angeles last
week for the 1984 Olympic
Games which open at the
end of the month. The squad
consists of 33 athletes, 17
trainers, a physician and
the chairman and vice
chairman of the Israel
Olympics Committee.
The athletes will spend
their first few days in Los
Angeles acclimatizing
themselves to the environ-
ment and the cuisine..

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