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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-09-02

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the community is invited to join us in worship
and hear the glorious music of Selichot

featuring

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1988

Syrians Preventing
Departure Of Jews

DR. GEORGE E. GRUEN

Special to The Jewish News

N

ew York — Informa-
tion received from Sy-
ria in recent days con-
firms earlier reports that the
Syrian authorities have been
taking increasingly harsh
measures to prevent the "il-
legal" departure of Jews from
Syria. Nine members of the
Jewish community of
Damascus have been seized
and have been held incom-
municado in Secret Police
Detention Centers for many
months, without formal trial
or due process. In most cases,
even their families have not
been permitted to visit them.
According to unconfirmed
reports, Ibrahim (Albert)
Laham, 43, has been sentenc-
ed to 10 years in prison for at-
tempting to leave illegally.
The fate of his son, Yeheya
(Victor) Laham, 18, who was
arrested with him, is not
known. Moussa Khalife, one
of three teenagers arrested
last fall, reportedly has been
released for medical treat-
ment. According to informa-
tion reaching his relatives in
New york, his legs were so
severely injured as a result of
torture that the doctors have
recommended amputation,
but his parents are hoping
this will not be necessary.
The other six men present-
ly known to be incarcerated
in Damascus are Kassem
Ghounegh and Faraj Dirzieh,
both in their teens; two
brothers in their 30s, Faraj
and Zaki Mamrout; Ely
Soued, 31, who was arrested
at the Damascus airport in
November of last year on his
return from visiting his
parents in Turkey, and his
older brother, Selim Soued,
45, a father of six children,
who was arrested while at his
brother's pharmacy in
Damascus. (Personal details
on the nine Jewish men and
the circumstances of their
detention were contained in a
letter which was received in
April by a rabbi of the Syrian
Jewish community in
Brooklyn.)
According
to
the
clandestine letter from Syria,
one young Jewish woman was
pressured into marrying the
son of a Syrian army officer
and another was forced to
marry a Palestinian living
next door. Both were married

George E. Gruen is director of
Middle East affairs for the
American Jewish Committee.

in civil ceremonies without
the knowledge or permission
of their parents.
These latest distressing
reports underscore the need
for urgent efforts to bring in-
ternational pressure upon
Syria to remove the ban on
emigration, to permit family
reunion and to allow the
several hundred single
Jewish women to leave to find
suitable husbands abroad.
(There is presently an im-
balance in the Jewish popula-
tion since more young men
than women have dared and
succeeded in managing to flee
the country in recent years.)

The
other
major
discriminatory restrictions
still in force against Syrian
Jews are as follows: Jews
wishing to travel are required
to leave a substantial
monetary deposit and close
family members at home — in

Jews are still
barred from
employment in
government offices
and public bodies.

effect as "hostages" for their
return — before being permit-
ted to go abroad even for brief
periods. The Syrian
authorities have, with rare
exceptions, denied appeals
from Syrian Jews for permis-
sion to be reunited with close
family members who live
abroad. (It should be ° noted
that virtually every one of the
4,500 Jews in Syria has
relatives among the 25,000
Jews of Syrian origin living in
the United States.) There are
some 10,000 others in Mexico
and Panama.

C

In addition, Jews are still
barred from employment in
government offices and public
bodies such as banks, and suf-
fer from discriminatory
economic and legal practices,
which have the effect of
restricting their rights to
dispose of property through (
sale or inheritance.
The identity cards of Jews
used to carry the notation
"Musawi" (Arabic for Jew) in
large red letters. While now
the word Musawi is written in
smaller letters in black, Jews
are still singled out, because
the line for religious iden-
tification is normally left
blank on the identity cards of
Moslem and Christian
Syrians.

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