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February 15, 1991 - Image 90

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-02-15

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Jerusalem (JTA) —
Despite the ongoing Iraqi
missile threat, Jewish
leaders and non-Jewish poli-
ticians have been arriving
here in recent days to dem-
onstrate solidarity with
Israel.
President Chaim Herzog
met here Feb. 3 with a dele-
gation of 1,300 French Jews
who arrived here Jan. 31 on
five flights from Paris and
Nice. They were by far the
largest group from any coun-
try to arrive here since
Israel came under Scud mis-
sile attack two weeks ago,
but they were by no means
the only group.
Mr. Herzog also met Feb. 3
with Mayor David Dinkins
of New York, who flew to
Israel on a personal mission
of good will and solidarity.
A number of Jewish
groups have been arriving
regularly for meetings with
Israeli leaders and tours of
missile damage sites.
A 42-member Hadassah
delegation, led by Carmela
Kalmanson, president of the
women's Zionist organiza-
tion, would up a four-day
visit over the weekend of
Feb. 3. Hadassah held its
midwinter board meeting in
Jerusalem instead of Wash-
ington, where it had been
scheduled originally.
The group met with Prime
Minister Yitzhak Shamir
and Simcha Dinitz, chair-
man of the World Zionist
Organization Executive.
Kent Schiner, president of
B'nai B'rith International,
arrived in Israel after
leading a B'nai B'rith dele-
gation on a 17-day tour of
Eastern European capitals.
His visit here is to demon-
strate solidarity and to re-
view Israel's preparations to
absorb large waves of immi-
grants.
A delegation of nine public
figures from Czechoslovakia
arrived Feb. 3 on a solidarity
visit. It included members of
Parliament, the chancellor
of Prague University, the
president of the Writers
Association and several
members of the clergy.
Their trip was arranged by
the WZO's Foreign Rela-
tions Department at the in-
itiative of Kalman Sultanik,
a member of the WZO Exec-
utive.
An international group of
30 rabbis from nearly a
dozen countries was ex-
pected Feb.4 on a visit
organized by the WZO's Bu-
reau for Spiritual Services.

Among them are the chief
rabbis of communities in
Argentina, Uruguay,
Ecuador, Colombia, Britain,
Austria, Italy, Sweden,
Greece, Turkey and South
Africa.
The mass delegation of
French Jews has experi-
enced three air raid alerts
since its arrival on a five-day
visit. The group is led by the
chief rabbi of France, Joseph
Sitruk, and Paris Chief
Rabbi Alain Goldmann.
A week earlier, Jean
Kahn, president of CRlF, the
representative body of Fren-
ch Jewish organizations, led
a group of French political
figures on a goodwill visit to
Israel.
Another solidarity visit
was made by a group of
French Socialists, led by
former Prime Minister
Pierre Mauroy, who met in
Tel Aviv last week with
Shimon Peres, chairman of
the opposition Labor Party.
Their reception dinner at a
hotel was interrupted by an
air raid alert.
Top Anglo-Jewish fund-
raisers and religious leaders
were in Israel last week on a
five-day solidarity mission
led by Sir Trevor Chinn,
president of the Joint Israel
Appeal and member of the
Jewish Agency Board of
Governors.

No Monkey
Business
In Israel

Acre (JPFS) — Nature Re-
serves Authority wardens
have confiscated a monkey
from a 30-year-old resident
of this port city who had
advertised that the animal
was for sale.
The wardens, posing as
potential customers, had an-
swered the man's ad in a na-
tional newspaper, in which
he offered to sell the monkey
for $4,500.
Authority spokesman Ofer
Greenstein said the import
and sale of monkeys was for-
bidden by international law
(the Washington Covenant),
for fear that monkeys im-
ported from Africa could be
infected with AIDS.
He said there were reports
of sailors trying to smuggle
monkeys into the country
and offering to sell them for
as much as $15,000.
Early this week, the Acre
Magistrates' Court au-
thorized the Authority to
confiscate the animal.

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