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June 15, 1990 - Image 28

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-06-15

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‘1•1 •• ■ •1 NEWS

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U.S. Won't Sell
Supercomputers
To Israel

would you give to sa w

If so

e had posed that question to you

in 193 That would you have answered?

$5,000 to get a Jew out of Gepany?

$10,000 to help a family of four get to Palestine

any way they could?

e Soviet Union isn't 1939 Germany. No Holocaust
-rider way. There is a Jewish state to shelter those
o flecersecution.

But still there is the fear. Members of Russia's
anti-Semitic organization Pamyat sound like Berlin's

brownshirts. The new Soviet freedom to speak
out has urk4shed a pervasive hatred and distrust
hundreds of thousands of our
of the Jew,'
people are frantic to find a way out before

Russia's doors close once again.

What woy you have given to save a life in 1939?

Odd question?

Maybe. But who k

Fill out this form and mail to: Operation Exodus. 163 Madison. Detroit MI 48226.2180

Yes, I would like to do my part for Operation Exodus. My check for $

will help cover the costs of transportation, housing and job retraining for

Soviet Jews making their way to Israel.

we know now?

Support Operation Exodus for the rescue and
resettlement of Soviet Jews.

When a volunteer calls you, please respond as
generously as you can.

If you do not receive a call, please send your
check* with the coupon at left to:
Operation Exodus
of the Allied Jewish Campaign.

* Gifts of $1,000 and over payable over three years.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 1990

Washington (JTA) — For
more than two years, the
United States has been
refusing to allow U.S. com-
panies to sell supercom-
puters to Israel, out of fear
that they would be used to
design nuclear weapons.
As a result, two of the
three Israeli research in-
stitutions that are affected
by that policy say they are
losing hope that applications
submitted on their behalf —
by Cray Research Inc. of
Minneapolis and the Inter-
national Business Machines
Corp. of Rockland County,
N.Y. — will ultimately be
approved.
Administrators at the
Technion-Institute of
Technology in Haifa are now
working "under the assump-
tion that they are not going
to get it," said Maia Hauser,
spokeswoman for the Ameri-
can Society for Technion.
Norman Stein, director of
government and foundation
relations at American
Friends of the Weizmann In-
stitute, said that with the
continuing delay, "We are
considering canceling the
order" because projections
reveal that the supercom-
puter it is seeking, the IBM
3090, will be "obsolete
within two years."
Oded Eran, deputy chief of
mission at the Israeli Em-
bassy here, said he did not
know what the main
obstacle is to U.S. approval
of the applications. He
refused to call the continu-
ing refusal a "sticking
point" in U.S.-Israeli rela-
tions, and said Israel has
raised its concerns through
"usual bilateral channels."
The U.S. concern is that
"supercomputers can be
used for, or would have ap-
plications, in the area of
nuclear weapons develop-
ment or missile technology,"
said Tom Snead, spokesman
for the State Department's
Bureau of Oceans and Inter-
national Environmental and
Scientific Affairs.
To alleviate that concern,
the Technion has agreed to
allow U.S. officials to inspect
the supercomputer at any
time unannounced, Hauser
said.
Early this year, the United
States approved the export
to India of a Cray supercom-
puter. India, like Israel, has
not signed the 1968 Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty.
But in India's case, the
United States accepted In-
dian assurances.

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