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June 23, 1989 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-06-23

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Sao Paolo, Brazil (JTA) —
Unpleasant memories of the
era of Juan Peron have been
haunting Argentina's
250,000 Jews since the vic-
tory of the Peronist party can-
didate, Carlos Saul Menem,
in the May 14 presidential
elections.
The parallels between that
era and now are deeply
troubling, according to infor-
mation gleaned from
telephone conversations with
Jewish figures in Buenos
Aires and talks here with
Jewish officials who have
visited Argentina.
During Peron's presidency,
and that of his widow, Isabel,
who succeeded him, Jews
were scapegoated in
Argentina.
anti-Semitic
Militant
groups erupted from within
the populist Peronist move-
ment. Nazi war criminals
who found haven in Argen-
tina emerged from the wood-
work and even flaunted their
pasts.
Menem, 59, who won elec-
tion by an overwhelming ma-
jority, is still an unknown
quantity to Argentine Jews.
His remarks on subjects of
concern to Jews have been
ambivalent at best and have
smacked of opportunism.
Many Jews are nervous over
the fact that Menem is the
son of Syrian immigrants,
was born a Moslem, was mar-
ried in a mosque in Damascus
and converted to Roman
Catholicism only after enter-
ing politics in a country that
constitutionally bars non-
Catholics from running for
the presidency.
While some Jews are con-
cerned by rumors that
Menem deep down remains
loyal to Islam and that he has
close ties with the radical rul-
ing circles in Syria, others see
his Moslem heritage as no
threat to Jews.
These factors, coupled with
Argentina's calamitous
economy, have led many Jews
to believe there is no future
for them in this country.
According to Rabbi Joe Wer-
nik, director general of the
Jewish Agency's Organiza-
tion Department in
Jerusalem, the offices of the
agency's aliyah emissaries in
Buenos Aires are literally be-
ing stormed by Jews seeking
to emigrate from Argentina
to Israel as soon as possible.
Wernik, who visited Sao
Paulo recently in the course of
a South American tour, cited
the economic situation and

Menem's election as the main
reasons.
For the time being, official
Jewish institutions and their
leaders are keeping a low
profile.
According to a young
Jewish university lecturer in
Buenos Aires, "worse than
Menem are some of his
followers."
The young man, who asked
to remain anonymous, warn-
ed that "Menem will not be
able to keep up with his pro-
mises of a better life for the
majority of the people and
then will need a scapegoat.
"Of course, Jews are the
ideal scapegoat in a country
where anti-Semitic activism
has very old and deep roots,"
he said.
Another observer pointed
out that Argentine Jews are
in jeopardy because most are
in business, which is suffer-
ing because of the economic
crisis.

MK Would
Talk With PLO

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Declaring
that the biggest danger to
peace is "100 percentism" on
both sides, Energy Minister
Moshe Shahal said that he is
willing to negotiate under
certain conditions with
members of the Palestine
Liberation Organization.

He thereby became the se-
cond Cabinet minister to sup-
port talks with the PLO,
which the national unity
coalition agreement
specifically rules out. The on-
ly other minister to take that
position publicly is Ezer Weiz-
man, the minister of science
and development, who, like
Shahal, is a member of the
Labor Party.

He said he would be
prepared to negotiate with
any Palestinians, including
PLO members, under certain
conditions.
They include recognition of
Israel's right to exist, accep-
tance of U.N. Security Coun-
cil Resolutions 242 and 338;
and rejection of terrorism and
violence.
Shahal said he also would
insist that the potential
negotiators promise there
will be no future demands,
such as for a Palestinian right
of return after peace is
achieved.
He warned that those who
demand everything and are
not willing to share will end
up with nothing.

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