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March 11, 1988 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-03-11

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Labor Politician Advocates
Immediate Autonomy

that, "through the PLO, they are go-


Staff Writer


or the first time since Israel
occupied Gaza and the West
Bank (Judea and Samaria) in
1967, Israelis must make hard deci-
sions on the disposition of the
This is the opinion of Benjamin
Ben-Eliezer, 51, a Knesset member
from the Labor Alignment's Yachad
faction and a former military gover-
nor of the territories.
Ben-Eliezer was in Detroit this
week as part of a speaking tour for
Israel- Bonds. He told The Jewish
News that the three month-old Arab
uprising has presented Israel with a
new reality.
"The maximum we can do, if we
use the toughest tools, is a ceasefire.
The next uprising will be worse;' he
Israel must abandon its policy of
maintaining the status quo and work
toward autonomy for the Palestinians
as an interim solution to the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict. Israel should be
ready to impose autonomy unilateral-
ly, he said.
The unrest is the result of several
factors, he said. One is -the 20 year-
long refusal by Israel's main parties
to respond politically to Palestinian
nationalism. Frustration also is "the
outcome of hopes the Palestinians
laid on the Arab world and the feel-
ing that the Arabs had let them
"The outstanding factor;' in Ben-
Eliezer's opinion, is the Palestinians'
realization over the last three years

ing to be hopeless. The PLO, from
their point of view, failed in its policy
of terror."
That is not to say that the Palesti-
nians are anti-PLO. "All of them are
PLO," he asserted. "But not the same
The Palestine Liberation
Organization is still the symbol of the
struggle of the Palestinians in the ter-
ritories, although the leadership's im
age is tarnished. For the first time,
Palestinians in the territories are
criticizing the PLO, Ben-Eliezer said.
Yet they must still toe the PLO line.
"The leadership in the territories
wanted to meet [Secretary of State
George] Shultz very much" when he
was in the Mideast recently. "The
PLO made it very clear that the first
to meet with Shultz will, the next day,
be in the next world?'
The Iraqi-born Ben-Eliezer serv-
ed in the Israel Defense Forces for 28
years and attained the rank of
brigadier general before entering
politics in 1985. Despite the Arab
hard line, he sees room for maneuver.
The young Palestinians who grew
up under Israeli occupation are "mili-
tant, intellectual, but some of them
are realistic," he said. They know that
the PLO's aim of Israel's destruction
will not succeed. "They understand
that Israel is a fact."
Ben-Eliezer argued for a "stage-
by-stage" solution to the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict. The process
would include autonomy "to give the
Palestinians the possibility to rule
themselves alone," and elections "to

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complaints" since the postmark appeared March 1.


Continued on Page 12

Jewish Mental Health Unit
Will Seek Funds To Expand

Some $140,000 of Kadima's


$150,000 operating budget comes

Associate Editor


undreds of Jews in the De-
troit area are in need of
mental health services, accor-
ding to a fledgling organization
preparing a fund raising and informa-
tion campaign to help fill the gap.
Kadima, the communal living
and outreach program for Jewish per-
sons with emotional illnesses, wants
to expand its program beyond its
20-month-old Southfield residence for
six persons, and monthly outreach
meetings serving 30-40. persons. In-
cluded are day programs, job training,
independent living skills, and in-
tellectual, athletic, entertainment
and Jewish activities.
"We want to offer a variety of
residences and services for various
levels of emotional illness," said Janet
Aronoff, president of Kadima.
But funding is a major stumbling

from state funds. "And as of this mo-
ment, there is no state money
available for new home development;'
said Aronoff.
lb reach their goal of opening one
new residence and two semi-
independent apartment units each
year, Kadima will seek to involve
more persons in the Jewish communi-
ty as members of the organization,
will solicit contributions, and may
seek communal funding.
The Jewish Welfare Federation,
Aronoff said, already is studying the
problem through its recently formed
Task Force on Services to Persons
With Disabilities.
State institutions, because of
budgetary restrictions, are releasing
patients who are doing well on
medication at the institution, but who
may become ill again because they
"don't self-medicate well."

Continued on Page 12


After Attack

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Four junior
officers of the Israel Defense
Force were sentenced to 35
days in military prison Mon-
day, hours after they en-
countered three heavily arm-
ed terrorists on a Negev road
who seized their car and went
on to hijack a bus, resulting
in the deaths of three Israeli
civilians and the wounding of
10 others.
The swift justice was meted
out by the commander of the
officers training school at
Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev,
where the officers were
billeted. They were punished
for disobedience of standing
orders to carry weapons at all
Maariv reported Tuesday

that the terrorists are believ-
ed to have infiltrated Israel
from Egypt in the area of
Mount Horesha, southwest of
Mitzpe Ramon. Another ter-
rorist gang infiltrated in the
same area a month ago, but
was swiftly apprehended.
The two incidents indicated
a failure on the part of Egypt
to catch terrorist infiltrators
before they reach the Israeli
border. But Israel's warning
system also failed Monday.


Washington (JTA) —
Despite Sen. Daniel Inouye's
(D-Hawaii) rescission last
month of his proposed $8
million allocation to a U.S.
Jewish group to build
yeshivot in France, the
American Civil Liberties

Union (ACLU) is now suing
the Reagan Administration to
challenge the constitutionali-
ty of providing any govern-
ment funds to sectarian
groups abroad.

Terrorist Faces

Montreal (JTA) — Convicted
Palestinian terrorist
Mahmoud Mohammed Issa
Mohammed will face a depor-
tation hearing in Hamilton,
Ont., next Tuesday, a federal
court in Toronto ruled
Justice James Jerome
dismissed an application by
Issa Mohammed's lawyer,
Lorne Waldman, to quash the
deportation proceedings on
grounds that his client's con-

stitutional rights were
Waldman said he would ap-
peal, and Issa Mohammed
who has been free until now,
may be taken into custody
pending the outcome of the

Jericho in the West Bank. His
hands and legs were cuffed,
his mouth was covered with a

Murder Linked
To Intimidation

Congregation Shaarey
Zedek has reached agreement
with one of its two teacher
groups who have been work-
ing without a contract since
On Tuesday, the Beth
Hayeled nursery school
teachers ratified a three-year
pact. Last Sunday, the
synagogue's Hebrew school
unit voted against the
synagogue's latest proposal.
Spokesmen for the teachers
and the synagogue declined
to reveal the terms of the

Jerusalem (JTA) — Israeli
authorities have linked the
murder of an Arab police of-
ficer from Bethlehem to a
mounting campaign by
Palestinian nationalist
elements to intimidate Arabs
believed to be collaborating
with Israel.
The body of the murder vic-
tim was found Tuesday mor-
ning at the Akbat Jaber
refugee camp, south of

One SZ Unit
Ratifies Pact

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