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May 07, 1993 - Image 50

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-05-07

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they vote on key foreign pol-
icy issues.
Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.
traveled to the former nation
of Yugoslavia, where he was
deeply affected by the Serbs'
"ethnic cleansing" campaign
against Bosnian Muslims.
"I came back convinced
that what happened to our
people in the 1930s and 1940s
is happening, albeit on a
smaller scale, to Bosnian
Muslims in 1993," he said.
Of the Muslims he inter-
viewed in a Bosnian refugee
camp, he said, "The stories_
they told would make your
hair stand on end: rape, pil-
lage, being driven from their
homes."
How will this affect his ac-
tivity in Congress?
At the least, he said, the
administration must push to
lift the arms embargo against
the former nation of Yu-
goslavia and "conduct air
strikes that would knock out
the Serbian heavy artillery."
And Rep. Nita Lowey, D-
N.Y. recently saw in Moscow
the economic decline to Rus-
sia that makes U.S. aid an ur-
gent necessity.
"We saw signs of privitiza-
tion and market reform," she
said. "But there is also great
scarcity for more than 60 per-
cent of the population. Such
dissatisfaction is the breed-
ing ground for right-wingers
and communists to take
hold."
Ms. Lowey also saw the un-
expected revival of Jewish life
in the ex-USSR.
"In Moscow, about 200 peo-
ple attended each of the 14
public seders," she said.
"Compared to what I saw in
1985, when Jewish activity
was still undercover, this was
a real eye opener."

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Amid criticism over the
Branch Davidian crisis in
Waco, Texas, Attorney Gen-
eral Janet Reno met with sev-
eral groups active in
Washington, including rep-
resentatives of the Union of
American Hebrew Congrega-
tions, B'nai B'rith, the Anti-
Defamation League, the
National Conference on So-
viet Jewry and the American
Jewish Congress.
Several Jewish activists
pressed Ms. Reno on the Re-
ligious Freedom Restoration
Act, the bill designed to re-
verse a 1990 Supreme Court
decision giving states sweep-
ing new power to limit reli-
gious practices.
Ms. Reno reportedly ex-
pressed strong support for the

Janet Reno:
Met with activists.

measure, which is soon slat-
ed for congressional action.
That's good news for the
bill's supporters. The legisla-
tion is currently awaiting
markup in both houses, and
the administration's willing-
ness to push for the bill will
help determine its ability to
survive an overcrowded con-
gressional calendar.

Religious Heads
Meet With Jews

Religious leaders from the
Republic of Azerbaijan in
town last week met with sev-
eral Jewish political groups.
Rabbi Boris Veingolic, .a
Jewish leader in the troubled
republic, Sheikh Allah
Shukar Pashazadeh, head of
Azerbaijan's Muslim com-
munity, and Victor
Puhovnov, a Russian Ortho-
dox leader, sought Jewish
support for their nation's bit-
ter ethnic conflict with Ar-
menia.
Azerbaijan, a largely Is-
lamic republic, and Armenia,
which is mostly Christian,
have been waging a fierce
struggle for more than five
years over N ago rno
Karabakh, a Christian en-
clave inside Azerbaijan.
The delegation visited the
National Jewish Democratic
Council and the National
Jewish Coalition, which rep-
resent, respectively, Jewish
Democrats and Republicans.
Rabbi Veingolic said that
the USSR's break-up has not
increased anti-Semitism
against Azerbaijan's 40,000
Jews. He also asked for clos-
er ties between U.S. Jewish
groups and Jews in Azerbai-
jan.
One Jewish politico said
the delegation had sought out
the Jewish political groups to
get "advice about how to or-
ganize their efforts in this
country. Azerbaijan wants to
be as well organized in this
country as Armenians. They
apparently think the Jewish
community can be helpful in
their efforts."

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