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May 24, 1991 - Image 97

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CLASS & PLASTICS

MAY SPECIAL!

Lech Walesa Begs Israel
To Forgive Polish Hate

Jerusalem (JTA) — In an
impassioned plea before the
Knesset, Lech Walesa begg-
ed Israel to forgive Poland
for its centuries of anti-
Semitism.
But Prime Minister Yit-
zhak Shamir, who once said
Poles imbibed anti-Semitism
with their mother's milk, did
not offer the visiting Polish
president absolution.
He did say, however, that
he thought the one-time
Solidarity leader's plea was
sincere, adding that under
Mr. Walesa's leadership, "a
new chapter was opened in
the relations between the
two peoples."
The union leader-turned-
statesman addressed a spe-
cial session of the Knesset on
the first day of a four-day
state visit to Israel. His
speech was broadcast on
radio and television.
"Here in Israel, the land of
your culture and the land of
your revival, I ask for your

forgiveness," Mr. Walesa
said.
He briefly reviewed the
1,000-year history of Jews in
Poland. He said they mainly
found "hospitality, tolerance
and security" in his country,
where they produced "great
scientists and spiritual
leaders."
But "some Poles did bad
things" during the Holo-
caust, Mr. Walesa admitted,
and more recently the Com-
munist regime "caused a
crooked mirror" to
misrepresent Polish-Jewish
relations.
It is only under democ-
racy," he asserted, "that
Poland is home to "all its
citizens, regardless of
creed."
He noted that he created a
special council headed by a
minister to root out
manifestations of anti-
Semitism and vowed to fight
it as long as he has influence
in Poland.

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adoption of the law, but cau-
tioned that it had not yet
seen the text of the legisla-
tion.
Both the White House and
State Department said it
was too soon to say whether
the legislation meets Presi-
dent Bush's requirements
for providing the Soviets
with U.S. trade benefits long
barred under the Jackson-
Vanik Amendment.
The law, which codifies a
number of emigration
reforms already in place,
was adopted 320-37, with 32
abstentions. Conservative

hard-liners had blocked
passage of the law three
times last week.
But the law will not go into
effect until Jan. 1, 1993, six
months later than originally
proposed.
The State Department
welcomed the law's enact-
ment, though spokeswoman
Margaret Tutwiler said the
United States would have
liked it implemented sooner.
White House spokesman
Marlin Fitzwater called the
law's adoption a "hopeful
sign," but added: "We don't
know if it has a lot of condi-
tions in it or other prob-
lems."
The National Conference
said the concerns it wants to
see addressed by the new
law include an elimination
of emigration refusals based
on alleged access to state
secrets, military conscrip-
tion or outstanding obliga-
tions to "poor relatives."

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Washington (JTA) —
Soviet Jewry advocacy
groups are less than en-
thusiastic about the long-
awaited emigration reform
bill that was finally enacted
by the Soviet parliament.
They say it does not meet
some longstanding concerns
about the arbitrariness of
Soviet emigration policy.
The Bush administration
was more positive about the

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