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July 08, 1988 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-07-08

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MIDNIGHT MADNESS

SALE

1 Night Only July 8th

and humidity.
The confusion over church-
state language in the land-
mark Act for Better Child
Care continues. Last week,
the House Human Resources
Subcommittee sank its teeth
into the bill, with bloody
results; according to several
Hill sources, pro-ABC forces
were too rent by dissension to
make a good showing before
the committee.
Efforts will continue in the
next few weeks to find com-
promise language in sections
of the bill prohibiting
discrimination in the hiring
of day-care teachers. The U.S.
Catholic Conference, a
powerhouse in the child care
discussion, and Agudath
Israel of America are stead-
fastly opposed to anti-
discrimination language;
groups like the American
Jewish Committee and
American Jewish Congress
are waging a ferocious battle
to see that such language is
included.
Even sympathetic law-
makers worry that the bill,
drafted largely by the
Childrens' Defense Fund, was
poorly crafted. As a result,
prospects for passage look
poor.
Liberal Jewish activists
who have been at the fore-
front of efforts to pass a fair
housing bill this year received
a rude shock last week when
their bill passed the House —
but with a last-minute
amendment that slipped by
almost unnoticed.
Rep. Robert K.Dornan (R-
Calif.) added an amendment
to provisions prohibiting
discrimination against
families with children. Dor-
nan's amendment defined
"children!' for purposes of the
bill, as individuals from con-
ception to the age of 18 — a
symbolic slap at pro-choice
advocates.
"This sets an incredibly
dangerous legislative pre-
cedent," said Sammie
Moshenberg, Washington
representative for the Na-
tional Council of Jewish
Women, a group that has
pushed hard for a fair housing
law. "Opponents of freedom of
choice have always attempted
to define personhood as star-
ting before birth; this amend-
ment could have very serious
implications!'
The Dornan amendment
succeeded, in part, because it
was introduced at night —
when many of the lobbyists
who had followed the bill

were absent.
Finally, Rep. Chuck
Schumer (D-N.Y.) has been
negotiating with top officials
of the Bureau of Prisons over
the prohibition against inter-
views of Anne Pollard, con-
victed last of spying for Israel.
Reporters for the New York
Times have sought to inter-
view Ms. Pollard. But the
prison bureaucracy has refus-
ed to allow even interviews
confined to the issue of
Pollard's failing health.
Schumer has been negotia-
ting to allow such interviews;
the Bureau of Prisons has
agreed ,but there are still
holdups at the Justice
Department. "People over
there keep pointing fingers in
different directions!' said one
congressional staffer familiar
with the negotiations. "It's
slow going!'

Acivitist Poses
Theory About
Tourism

As the Israeli embassy here
frets over the drop in tourism
since the beginning of the
disorders, one top Jewish ac-
tivist here has developed a
theory about the causes of the
decline.
"It's not that people are
afraid of the violence," accord-
ing to Shoshana Bryen, direc-
tor of the Jewish Institute for
National Security Affairs
(JINSA). "There were ter-
rorist attacks in Aviv for
years, and American Jews
kept coming. Jerusalem was
an unsafe city for years, and
it didn't affect tourism.
"What is really going on is
that American Jews are
afraid Israel is being bad. It's
like finding out your parents
make mistakes; American
Jews love Israel, and would
like Israel to be infallible in
the way that children want
their parents to be infallible.
But it's not going to happen!'
Jews who do visit Israel
come away reassured, Bryen
argued. But many more re-
fuse to make the trip because
of their fears of learning
something negative about
Israel.
The Israeli embassy, she
said, has not come to terms
with this conflict in the minds
of Israel's strongest sup-
porters. "They don't know
American Jews very well,"
she said. "They don't talk
much to American Jews — ex-
cept for the leadership. This is
a big problem."

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