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February 22, 1991 - Image 35

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-02-22

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Supportive Care for Seniors

Peyote Decision
May Be Reversed

Hmong tribesmen and
American Jews have some
important things in com-
mon, according to Jewish
groups promoting the Re-
ligious Freedom Restoration
Act.
The bill, expected to be in-
troduced in the next few
weeks, would reverse a 1990
Supreme Court decision that
expands the government's
right to restrict religious
practices.
So where do Hmong
tribesmen fit in?
Like many Orthodox Jews,
the Hmongs have a religious
aversion to autopsies.

.

But in a Rhode Island case
last year having to do with
an unwanted autopsy on a
young Hmong man, the
presiding judge ruled that
the Supreme Court decision
in the so-called "peyote
case" required him to rule
against the plaintiffs —
despite the fact that he
agreed that their religious
freedoms were violated by
the autopsy.
The case is being used by
supporters of the bill as a
clear example of how the
High Court decision will
have a wide-ranging impact
in limiting religious rights.

Jewish Groups Opposing
Fla. Judge's Selection

The battle is heating up
over the nomination of
Kenneth Ryskamp to the
11th Circuit Court in
Florida.
This week, the National
Council of Jewish Women
and the American Jewish
Congress are participating
in a press conference in
Miami to announce their of-
ficial opposition, based on
Mr. Ryskamp's civil rights
record during his tenure as a
federal district judge in that
city.
Also at issue is Mr.
Ryskamp's membership in
the Riviera Club in Coral

Gables, which does not ad-
mit blacks — and has had a
restrictive policy on the ad-
mission of Jews.
"There's a lot of opposition
developing to this nomina-
tion, and the Jewish groups
are a part of it," said John
Gomberts, legislative
counsel for the People for the
American Way, the group
spearheading the effort. "It's
beginning to look as if this
guy isn't just going to be
waved through."
Mr. Ryskamp's nomina-
tion will be coming up before
the Judiciary Committee in
March. ❑

NEWS I

Dutch To Send Patriot
Missiles To Israel

Amsterdam (JTA) —
Holland has decided to pro-
vide Patriot anti-missile bat-
teries to Israel, as well as
food and gas masks to Pales-
tinians in the Israeli-
administered territories.
The lower house of
Parliament voted 146-4 to
approve the loan of Dutch
Patriots. Only four of the six-
member left-wing Green
party dissented.
The batteries will be ac-
companied by a detail of 25
Dutch military personnel to
serve as instructors and
maintenance crews. Fifteen
of them will remain in Israel
for an unspecified period.
The Dutch Patriot
systems, presently located in
Blomberg, Germany, are not
the most advanced type but
have been modified to
intercept missiles as well as








down aircraft, for which they
were originally designed.
Transporting them is a
problem. The Dutch air force
lacks transport planes big
enough to carry the Patriots.
When Holland supplied bat-
teries to Turkey two weeks
ago to protect its border with
Iraq, Soviet transport planes
had to be chartered.
The Ministry for Develop-
ment Aid to Third World
Countries announced that
Holland will donate an addi-
tional $1.2 million for food
for the Palestinians and pro-
vide 10,000 gas masks for
them.
Holland gave the Palestin-
ians $1.75 million for food in
December.
Its latest donation comes
on top of the $10 million the
European Community
decided to give.









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