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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-05-03

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Israel's
43rd

U.S. Visa For
Kahane Successor

Should the leader of the
Kach movement in Israel get
a U.S. visitor's visa?
That was the issue in a
Washington courtroom last
week where the State
Department was taken to
task for its reluctance to
grant a visa to Rabbi
Avraham Toledano, the late
Meir Kahane's successor in
the Kach movement.
"Apparently, the State
Department was just sitting
on the application," said Sol
Margolis, national president
of Kach. "We began to real-
ize we were being finessed."
Last week, Mr. Margolis
filed suit in U.S. district
court on behalf of the Ameri-
can citizens who had invited
Rabbi Toledano to speak.
The State Department at-

tempted to argue that Rabbi
Toledano advocated the
violent overthrow of the
government, Mr. Margolis
said — something that failed
to impress the presiding
judge, who gave the State
Department until the next
day to find a more creative
reason for excluding the
Kach leader.
"The next morning, they
called and said they had
decided to grant the visa,"
Mr. Margolis said.
Why was the State
Department interested in the
rabbi?
"I hate to say it, but one
has to conclude that the
Israeli government was
behind it," Mr. Margolis
said. "The Americans could
care less about this man."

Israel Opposition
Members Visit

A number of Knesset
members are due in town
next week to spread the
word about the need for a
peace agreement that in-
cludes territorial conces-
sions by Israel.
The delegation, sponsored
by Americans for Peace
Now, will include eight
Knesset members from four
opposition parties.
The group is scheduled to
meet with a long list of legis-
lators, including Rep. David
Obey (D-Wis.), Rep. Lee
Hamilton (D-Ind.), Rep.
Howard Berman (D-Calif.),
Rep. Steve Solarz (D-N.Y.),
Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) and

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.).

"It's an unusual visit,"
said Gail Pressberg, co-di-
rector of the Center for
Israeli Peace and Security, a
division of Americans for
Peace Now. "But we thought
the peace process needed a
boost — and we thought that
it was important to add to
the Israel-American dia-
logue on the future of the re-
gion."
The group will also travel
to New York, Los Angeles,
San Francisco, San Diego,
Portland, Seattle,
Philadelphia, Cleveland,
Boston and Toronto.

anniversary
celebration

WALK FOR ISRAEL

Sunday, May 5, 1991

Jewish Community Campus
Maple/Drake Roads, West Bloomfield

Registration: 10:45 a.m.

• Walk the entire 3.5-mile route, or take a mini-walk

RAIN or SHINE

• Bus transportation available for a small charge from
the Jimmy Prentis Morris Jewish Community Center In
Oak Park Er United Hebrew Schools In Southfield

For Information:
965-3939. Ext.140 or 149

The latest victim appears
to be the highly successful
Washington office of the
UJA-Federation of Jewish
Philanthropies of New York.
Recently, it was disclosed
that the office would close at
the end of June.
According to Harvey
Newman, the group's exec-
utive director of public af-

fairs, the office was effective
in locating and securing fed-
eral funding for the group's
wide-ranging programs. But
shrinking resources did not
allow for full-scale activity
in both Washington and
Albany.
Mr. Newman agreed that
the closing represents a loss
for Jewish groups in New
York. "I don't think we can
be as effective as we were in
the past, given this closing,"
he said. "But the recession is
affecting organizations
across the board; we need to
determine how to deal with
it so that it has the smallest
impact on the people who
need services."

Sponsored by

Come to Israel's
Independence Day
Celebration
at the
Center following
the Walk

New York UJA
Closing D.C. Office

Some economists argue
that the recession is beginn-
ing to ebb. But evidence for
that optimistic assessment is
sparse in the Jewish world,
where organizations are fac-
ing layoffs, program cut-
backs and a surge in demand
for critical social services.

Walk: 11:30 a.m.

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