THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS Friday, November 23, 1984
appearance at Calif.
Los Angeles (JTA) — The
Simon Weisenthal Center, joined
by the American Jewish Commit-
tee and the Friends of California
Libraries, has mounted a vigorous
protest against the decision by the
California Library Association to
provide a forum at its upcoming
convention here for right-wing
publisher David McCalden, who
claims the Holocaust was a hoax.
McCalden, long associated with
anti-Semitic and white suprema-
cist groups, is one-of four members
of so-called "Truth Missions" who
will have display booths and will
be allowed a one-hour appearance
at the convention which is ex-
pected to be attended by 3,000
McCalden is also a long- time
associate of the California-based
Institute for Historical Review,
another Holocuast revisionist
organization. Under the alias
Lewis Brandon, McCalden, in
1979, offered to pay $50,000 to
anyone who could prove that a
single Jew died in a Nazi gas
chamber. Clearly a publicity -
stunt, when proof flooded in,
McCalden reneged on his offer.
Neil Sandberg, western
regional director of the AJCom-
mittee, called the Library Asso-
ciation's decision "disgraceful,
shameful, an action which could
be read as anti-Semitic."
The Library Association is
being backed however, by the
American Civil Liberties Union
(ACLU) which takes the position
that McCalden has a right to
speak as a matter of "intellectual
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visits North Yemen
Jerusalem (JTA) — A report by
Israeli journalist Dr. Amnon
Kapelyuk on his recent visit to the
Jewish community in North
Yemen appeared in Yediot Aronot
earlier this month. Kapelyuk is
the first Israeli who has openly
visited Yemen since 1948.
Of the 50,000 Jews who lived in
Yemen until 1949, only 1,100 re-
main. According to Kapelyuk,
they live in respect making their
living in a variety of professions,
such as goldsmith work, leather
works, construction, carpentry,
The Jews are considered "pro-
tected citizens." Each pays the
equivalent of $20 a year head tax
in return for protection from a
local tribe or the local governor.
The only limitations on the
Jews are a ban on carrying a dag-
ger, which is customary among
Yemenite men, and a ban on pur-
chasing farm land. However, they
may carry rifles and pistols, as
some actually do, and they are
allowed to engage in non-farm
real estate transactions.
Rabbis aid poor .
Philadelphia (JTA) — Contri-
butions from a fund administered
by the Board of Rabbis of Greater
Philadelphia are now subsidizing
the purchase of food for the city's
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