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August 09, 1985 - Image 68

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-08-09

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California Approves Funds
For Wiesenthal Museum

New York (JTA) — The State
of California will provide the
Simon Wiesenthal Center with
some $5 million in state match-
ing funds to aid in construction
of a "museum of tolerance" on
the grounds of Yeshiva Univer-
sity in Los Angeles.
Governor George Deukmejian
signed senate bill 337, which
provides the state funds, last
week following approval July 18
by both the State Senate and
Assembly. Deukmejian, accord-
ing to his chief of staff Steven
Merksermer, supported the
funding because he felt sym-
pathy for the suffering of the
victims of the Holocaust and
other tragedies.
The proposed funding for the
museum triggered considerable
discord within the Jewish com-
munity of California, with the
state offices of the Anti-
Defamation league of B'nai
B'rith, the American Jewish
Congress and the American
Jewish Committee, among
others, voicing strong opposition
to the Senate bill.
Construction of the museum is
expected to begin in early 1986.
The total campaign for the
museum is $35 million, accord-
ing to Center officials. The Cen-
ter has raised some $12 million
from the private sector, and
along with the $5 million from
the state leaves the Center some

Rabbi Marvin Hier

$3 million short of the $20 mil-
lion needed for the "bricks and
mortar" aspects of the museum's
construction. A campaign to
raise a $15 million endowment
for museum operations will soon
begin, Center officials said.
Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean of
the Wiesenthal Center, told the
Jewish Telegraphic Agency in a
telephone interview that the
museum "will seek to explore
the origins of hate and prejudice
by utilizing the Holocaust as the
watershed event of the 20th cen-
tury," Construction, he said, is
expected to take one year. It
will be designed by Karl Katz,
chief designer and planner for
the Museum of the diaspora at
Tel Aviv University.

Israel Rejects Hospice

United Nations (JTA) — Is-
rael rejected Arab charges that
the closure of the hospice hospi-
tal in the old city of Jerusalem
was the result of a political de-
cision. Instead, Israel said "The
Ministery of Health decided for
purely medical reasons that the
hospital in the hospice building
should be closed."
Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel's
Ambassador to the United Na-
tions, said in a letter to Secre-
tary General Javier Peres de
Cuellar, that the decision to
close the hospital was influenced
by two major facts: the medical
equipment in the hospital was
out-of-date "resulting in in-
adequate medical care" and the
structure oithe building did not
allow room for a suitable
elevator. "Recently two women
died in the maternity ward be-
cause of poor medical treat-

ment," the Israeli envoy pointed
out.
Last week, Jordan's Foreign
Minister, Taher Masri, sent a
telegram to De Cuellar demand-
ing action to stop Israel from
closing the hospital. He accused
Israel of letting the hospital de-
teriorate and deliberately with-
holding funds for its develop-
ment.
Netanyahu said in his letter
that residents of the Old City
who received medical care at the
hospice hospital "will now re-
ceive medical care at the Sheikh
Jarrah Health Center and at
Jerusalem's other hospitals,
with health insurance arranged
by the Ministry of Health. A
first-aid station will continue to
operate at the hospice building
and the doctors and qualified
staff of the hospice will be of-
fered alternate employment.

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