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December 21, 1984 - Image 41

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-12-21

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS Friday, December 21, 1984



Apartheid foes

Continued from Page 1

human rights, we wish to ex-
press our revulsion of South
Africa's apartheid policies."
The ADL statement said:
"No government can in
truth call itself free and demo-
cratic while at the same time
denying millions of its citizens
the basic freedoms of a democ-
racy. Yet, this is the condition
that exists today in South Af-
rica where black citizens are
not accorded the rights which
we who live in democratic
societies .take for granted.
"We call on the Pretoria
government to immediately
begin the implementation of
substantive, rather than
cosmetic, changes that will see
its system of racial separation
dismantled. We are under -no
illusions about this being an
overnight process, but a tran-
sition towards a change in
which all South Africans will
have a voice in their country's
internal and external- affairs
should begin in earnest.
"At the same time we extend
our hand of compassion
toward other blacks who are
being victimized by religious
persecution and authoritarian
oppression in other African
countries. Arbitrary arrests
and detention without trial,
torture, kidnappings, sum-
mary trials conducted by state
security agents, and execu-
tions are occurring in a
number. of African countries.
Our abhorrence of human
rights -abuses applies to the
entire continent where serious
abridgements of human and
political rights exist."
Alter expressed the Michi-
gan board's support oLthose
arrested in Washington,
demonstrating in opposition to
the apartheid policies of the
South African government.
Last Friday, the Jewish
Community Council and sev-
eral black groups linked the
problems of Soviet Jews and
blacks in South Africa: - They
scheduled a fast last Monday
to draw attention to the
human rights problems in the
two areas.
The Synagogue Council of
America issued a statement in
New York, urging that black
South Africans be granted
equal opportunities for em-
ployment, education, housing
and voting rights.
"As we begin the celebration
of our eight-day Festival of
Lights, it is appropriate that
we call attention to one of the
most flagrant deprevations of
human and civil rights," as-
serted Rabbi Mordecai Wax-
man, president of the SCA.
The statement was signed

Repression, violence' and
loss of life in South Africa con-
tinue to dramatize the injus-
tice of white supremacy rule in
that country. The degrading
and dehumanizing policy of
apartheid denies the black
people of South Africa basic
human rights and deprives
them of almost every opportu-
nity for living with dignity.
"If South Africa is to be a
responsible and respected
member of the family of na-
tions, it must fulfill the moral
mandate of providing for all its
citizens equal opportunities in
education, employment, hous-
ing and representation in the
country's electoral process.
"We urge the American
government to continue its
current initiatives and utilize
all appropriate actions at its
disposal to impress upon the
government of South Africa
our repugnance of these racial
"Furthermore, the Syna-
gogue Council .calls upon the
rabbis and congregational
leaders of the American
Jewish community to speak
out in clear and unequivocal
terms against South Africa's
discriminatory practices."

by the SCA's six member
organizations representing
the congregational and rab-
binic groups of Conservative,
Orthodox and Reform
Waxman noted that some
rabbis, as individuals, had
participated in demonstra-
tions protesting South African
policies and that during the
next few weeks large numbers
of his colleagues would speak
out on the issue in sermons
and educational forums in
their synagogues.
The SCA statement said:

Spain-Israel ties improve


Madrid (JTA) — For the first
time in 500 years, Spanish na-
tional and municipal government
leaders and other influential
non-Jews are making substantial
efforts to support and enhance the
Jewish presence in their home-
They also continue to
strengthen their ties with Israel
and to encourage Jews from
abroad, notably from the United
States, to forge new bonds of
friendship with their fellow Jews
in Spain.
Both the Socialist government
and the opposition parties in the
Parliament seem united in their
desire to extend full diplomatic
recognition to Israel, not-
withstanding the fact that during
an Arab conference held in Mad-
rid in October, the Secretary Gen-
eral of the Arab League gave
strong indications to Prime
Minister Felipe Gonzalez that
such an act would adversely affect
Spain's relations with the Arab
In recent interviews in Madrid
with top 'Jewish leaders, it was
implied that an exchange of Am-
bassadors between Spain and Is-
rael may not take place in the
near future, as had been prev-
iously reported. Such a step, they
said, is closely linked to Spain's
projected entry into the European
Economic Community (EEC) on
Jan. 1, 1986.
It appears that Spanish partici-
pation is dependent on the resolu- -
tion of protests from EEC

member-nations such as France,
West Germany, Italy and even Is-
rael, all of whom feel that Spain's
entry poses a serious competitive
It had been reported from Bonn
in October that a well-known
Socialist political figure, Enrique
Mugica-Herzog, might become
the first Ambassador to Israel, if
and when full diplomatic rela-
tions are launched. According to
Samuel Toledano, head of the
Federation of Jewish Com-
munities of Spain, Mugica-
Herzog has a Jewish mother and
Catholic father.
Toledano said that Mugica-
Herzog "is held in high esteem in
the Jewish community as a good
friend of Israol and he would
make an excellent Ambassador,
but we have no definite news of
his selection by the Prime Minis-
ter, and we must therefore con-
sider the report as a rumor, and in
any case, quite premature.

New hotel

Tel Aviv (ZINS) — A new lux-
ury hotel and apartment complex
for foreign residents only is now
going up on the seashore prom-
enade in Tel Aviv, with comple-
tion scheduled for next spring.
The $10.5 million complex,
which will consist of 30 private
apartments and 30 hotel suites, is
being financed by a group of South
African Jews.




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