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July 29, 1994 - Image 73

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-07-29

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IDF Sees Increase
In Fatal Accidents

Tel Aviv (JTA) — The rate of fatal
Five of the suicides were recent
accidents in the Israel Defense immigrants, including two from
Force was twice as high this year Ethiopia, two from the former So-
as last, according to the officer in viet Union and one from Brazil.
Maj. Gen. Yair also told the
charge of manpower in the Israeli
committee that 12 soldiers died
armed forces.
Speaking before the Knesset's in the first half of 1994 in clashes
Foreign Affairs and Defense
Committee, Maj. Gen. Yoram
Yair said that in the first six
months of 1994, 16 soldiers were
killed in all type of accidents,
compared to 17 for the whole of
1993 and 37 for all of 1992.
And the suicide rate in the
army appears to be escalating at
an even greater rate, he said.
Twenty-eight soldiers com
mitted suicide between January in the southern Lebanon security
and June 1994, compared with zone, in the West Bank and the
38 throughout 1993 and 22 in Gaza Strip, and along the
borders.
1992.
On a brighter note, testimony
Col. Shmuel Karon, head of the
army's mental health depart- before the key Knesset commit-
ment, told the committee that of tee indicated that the fight
the 28 soldiers who committed against accidents during train-
suicide, 10 were found to have ing appeared to have been suc-
suffered from personal stress and cessful.
Last year, not a single soldier
seven killed themselves as a di-
rect result of their army service. died in such accidents, and only
No apparent reason was found one died so far this year.
In 1992, 10 soldiers died in
in five of the cases, and six others
training accidents.
are still under investigation.

No apparent reason
was found in five of
the cases, and six
others are still under
investigation.

Why, what's going
on?

Just keep September
13th open.

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Romanian Jewry
Elects New Leader

Iasi, Romania (JTA) — Some five
weeks after the death of Chief
Rabbi Moses Rosen, Romania's
Jewish community has elected a
new leader.
The executive committee of the
Federation of Romanian Jewish
Communities unanimously elect-
ed Professor Nicolae Cajal as the
federation's new president.
For more than four decades,
Rabbi Rosen was both religious
and organizational leader of Ro-
manian Jewry. Following his
death on May 6, communal lead-
ers agreed to a separation of the
two powers.
The election of Mr. Cajal,
which was reported on Roman-
ian television and radio stations,
was greeted warmly both within
and outside the country's Jewish
community.
Born in Bucharest in 1919, Mr.
Cajal is a microbiologist whose
research has earned worldwide
recognition. He is a vice chairman
of the Romanian Academy and is
director of the academy's medical
science division.
In addition to his scientific ca-
reer, Mr. Cajal was elected to
serve as an independent senator
in the country's first post-revolu-

tionary parliament in 1989.
Mr. Cajal was for many years
one of Rabbi Rosen's advisers,
and he has been actively involved
in social assistance programs run
by the federation with the sup-
port of the American Jewish Joint
Distribution Committee.
During interviews with televi-
sion and radio stations, Mr. Ca-

Mr. Cajal was for
many years one of
Rabbi Rosen's
advisers.

jal acknowledged the presence of
anti-Semitism in the country and
suggested that one way to com-
bat it was to publicize the activ-
ities of Romania's Jews in the
fields of culture and science.
He expressed the hope that
such publicity would lead to
greater understanding of Jewish
values, as they apply both to life
in Romania and to the civilized
world as a whole.

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