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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-03-03

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Unforgettable

ners in the Los Angeles-based
Coalition for Peace in the Mid-
dle East.
Harriet Katz, a NJA
member and co-chairman of
the Coalition for Peace in the
Middle East, said Agenda has
co-sponsored programs with
the PAS and held joint fund-
raising events, but not given
money directly to the Palesti-
nian society.
One thing that draws Katz
to the PAS is its politics.
"The Palestine Aid Society
is as far as I know the first
Palestinian organization in
the United States to join a for-
mal coalition with Arab and
Jewish organizations and the
first to explicity acknowledge
Israel," she said. "And that's
very important."
There were times it took a
lot of work to secure support

And last year, at the in-
stigation of the European
Economic Community, the
United States pledged an
extra $2 million to UNWRA
for "urgent medical needs,"
a State Department spokes-
man said.
The spokesman said the
funds are closely monitored
by the U.S. Embassy and
consul general and an inter-
national civil servant.
A State Department bro-
chure discusses the U.S.
government's UNRWA con-
tributions. UNRWA's pro-
gram in the territories "are
primarily in the fields of
primary education, voca-
tional training, and health
care and are available to all
registered refugees whether
or not they reside in the
camps," according to the
department's World Refugee
Report of September 1988.
"However, the normally
modest relief programs for
handicapped and impover-
ished refugees are being
substantially augumented
to address special needs.
arising from the recent
troubles."
Charles Fenyvesi of U.S.
News and World Report said
the PLO has devised an
even more curious way of
getting money into the ter-
ritories than through a
special fund supported by
the Arabs. Israel Bonds.
In his column "Washing-
ton Whispers," Fenyvesi
recently stated that a front
man is used to purchase
bonds — available to anyone
— with PLO money. The

for Palestinian causes, Ameri
said. Not any more. The in-
tifada has taken care of that.

A

meri said the Pales-
tinian uprising has
brought increased
support to the PAS.
In the past several months,
she received pledges of more
than $500,000 for medical aid
to Palestinians in the ter-
ritories. "I don't think
without the uprising we
would have gotten that
much," Ameri said.
And dollars are just the
start of it. First of all, they
guarantee more money in the
future. "Once you're on their
budget, you're on their
budget for life," Ameri said of
churches.
But even more critical is the
meaning behind the money.
"It's very important for the

bonds are then sent to
Israel, where they are
redeemed for currency and
taken to the West Bank and
Gaza.
The Israel Bonds office
in New York told Fenyvesi
it knew nothing of such
reports.
Speaking from his Wash-
ington office, Fenyvesi said
he could not say exactly how
much money the PLO had
smuggled into the ter-
ritories by using Israel
Bonds. But he said New
York sources assured him it
was "at least in the hun-
dreds of thousands."
Fenyvesi further said in
his article that the Neturei
Karta, the Jewish extremist
group that does not recog-
nize Israel's right to exist, is
helping funnel money to the
Palestinians.
Karta
Neturei
A
spokesman told Fenyvesi he
had no knowledge of such
actions, but said that "main-
taining peaceful relations"
with the Palestinians is the
group's "top priority."
Ma'ariv also reported last
month that "Bene Beraq
and Wall She'arim (ultra-
Orthodox neighborhoods)
Jews transfer PLO money to
the rebels, charging 25
percent fees. The money
reaches them in the guise of
donations for yeshivas. On-
ly 25 percent of the amount,
however, remains in the
yeshiva, with the rest going
to the causes intended by
the Palestinian donor?'

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