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conversion to be a gross insult
Rabbis that unless they come up
because it questions their au- quickly with a satisfactory
thenticity as Jews.
sponse to the Ethiopians, he will
On Tuesday, the eve of Yom raise the matter at
Kippur, the Ethiopian emigres Cabinet meeting.
26325 Twelve Mile Rd.
The Knesset faction of the
Minister Shimon Peres to end National Religious
Southeast corner Northwestern
the demonstration before the member of the unity Party, a
Behind Gabe's Fruits
start of the High Holiday. The met in emergency session
In The Mayfair Shops
premier urged the Ethiopians to nounce government intervention
call off their protest and allow in matters of Halachah
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the dispute to be resolved cisions of the Chief
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through talks after the holiday.
MERV AND SHEILA ARONOFF
The Ethiopians, who are de-
eply religious, arrived in Israel
by secret airlift from Sudan be- The demonstrators
tween November 1984 and have gained
January 1985. They endured
hardship and risked their lives
to make the trip, a fact they A petition drive by
point to in their bitter con-
troversy with Israel's highest Naamat/Pioneer
Women has gained
Leaders of the Ethiopian
demonstrators met last week thousands of
with Absorption Minister
Yaacov Tzur, who has been signatures.
sympathetic to their grievances.
They worked out what they de-
Council. They urged NRP lead-
scribed as a compromise formula
ers to ask Premier Shimon
containing several concessions,
Peres to reprimand Tiur for his
but gave no details. This was
involvement in the affair.
submitted to the Chief Rabbis.
They also denounced as in-
The latter have summoned rab-
citement the active support
bis from all over the country to
given the Ethiopian protestors
consult over the crisis.
by opposition political parties
The Ethiopian demonstrators
and by leaders of Reform
have gained considerable public
support. A petition organized by
The protestors, most of them
Naamat /Pioneer Women has
already gathered thousands of men, are spread across the area
signatures. It calls on the Chief outside the Chief Rabbinate
offices, sitting on cardboard
Rabbis to recognize the Ethio-
boxes or lying on old blankets.
pians unequivocally as Jews.
They seek what shade they can
Groups of artists and writers
find from the few small olive
have visited the demonstrators
and so have Knesset members of trees that dot the area.
Many passers-by respond to
Mapam, Shinui and the Civil
their requests to sign petitions
supporting the cause of the
Local workers councils are
Ethiopian community. The
sending food to the protestors
strikers have injected an awk-
who have erected a makeshift
ward, even embarrassing note
village of tents and cardboard
into the capital's celebration of
boxes. The fire brigade hoses
the High Holidays.
down the area regularly. Young
Ethiopians are distributing leaf-
lets in English to explain their
case to passing tourists and the Quakes Spare
foreign news media.
The rabbis charge that the Jewish Homes
demonstrators are trying to
New York (JTA) — First-hand
change Halachah (Jewish reli-
information is lacking about the
gious law). Politicians continue condition of, Mexico City's
to visit the demonstration site Jewish community, a week after
— Histadrut Secretary General two major earthquakes devas-
Yisrael Kessar, as well as mem- tated parts of the downtown sec-
bers of the Independent Liberal
tion. But U.S. Jewish organiza-
Party. Delegates of the demon-
tions, though still unable to
strators have met also with make direct contact because of
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the demonstrators to give into the main Jewish residential
the demands of the Chief Rab- n noeidgham
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Alterations at cost on merchandise 40% off or more.
The rabbis are equally adam-
There have been no official
*excluding navy blazers
ant. They claim their require-
ment is minimal and necessary reports of Jewish casualties. Ac-
cording to Rabbi Morton Ro-
to remove doubts about the per-
sonal status of Ethiopian Jews senthal, head of the Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai
under Halachah. To the Ethio-
Latin American di-
pians, this casts an aspersion on
their authenticity as Jews and , vision, six Jews living in
Guadalajara reported killed in
is an intolerable insult to a
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community which endured the last
Rosenthal said he learned
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smashed windows but appar-
Meanwhile, a possible coali- ently no other serious damage.
tion crisis is looming over the
The building, housing the offices
efforts by Tzur to settle the dis-
pute. He has warned the Chief of the Ashkenazic community, is
located in the Condeasa district.
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