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January 27, 1995 - Image 76

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-01-27

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New Law Adopted
On PLO Activity

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said passage of the law will make
it possible for Israel to act against
illegal Palestinian activity in east-
ern Jerusalem.
Speaking at a stormy session
of the Knesset Interior Commit-
tee, Shahal said the PLO is con-
tinuing to conduct activities at
the Orient House that violate the
self-rule accord.
In addition to hosting visiting

PLO conducts
activities that
violate the self-rule
accord.

foreign dignitaries there, Mr.
Shahal said, the chief Palestin-
ian negotiator on election issues,
Dr. Saeb Arekat, has been orga-
nizing election activities from Ori-
ent House.
Meanwhile, Interior Commit-
tee Chairman Yehoshua Matza
of the Likud attacked Mr. Sha-
hal, saying the current govern-
ment has let Jerusalem fall
through its fingers and that the
PLO is gradually making
Jerusalem its de facto capital.
Mr. Shahal retorted that the
previous Likud government had
turned a blind eye to activities at
Orient House, and that the cur-
rent government is now trying to
rectify the damage,

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Jerusalem (JTA) — The Knesset
overwhelmingly adopted a law of-
ficially banning Palestine Liber-
ation Organization activities in
Jerusalem.
The law was the third and fi-
nal piece of legislation relating to
the implementation of the Pales-
tinian self-rule accord in Gaza
and Jericho.
Two other pieces of legislation,
addressing the legal rights of Is-
raelis in the autonomous zones
and the return of tax revenues to
the Palestinian Authority, were
passed last week.
The legislation prohibits offi-
cial PLO activities in all of Israel,
but in practical terms pertains
primarily to the Orient House,
where the PLO maintains its
eastern Jerusalem headquarters.
The Arab-dominated parties,
Hadash and the Arab Democra-
tic Party, had turned the vote into
a no-confidence motion in the gov-
ernment. The parties opposed the
law because they said it would
give the government a free hand
in closing down Arab institutions
in Israel by claiming they chan-
nel funds to the PLO.
Most Likud opposition mem-
bers, while opposed to the self-
rule accord, chose to abstain in
the vote rather than side with the
no-confidence motion. Earlier in
the day, faction leaders said they
would rather abstain than back
what they called "non-Zionist
parties whose aim is to give the
PLO control in East Jerusalem."
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Budapest (JTA) — The Jewish
Agency for Israel paid tribute to
Hungary for its role in facilitat-
ing the transit of hundreds of
thousands of Jews from the for-
mer Soviet Union who passed
through Hungary on their way
to Israel in recent years.
Uri Gordon, head of the Jew-
ish Agency's aliyah department,
gave an award to Interior Min-
ister Gabor Kuncze during a
three-day visit here. Mr. Gordon
also took part in a conference
about minority rights and Jew-
ish identity.
More than 200,000 Jews in
those "heroic times" passed
through the Budapest transit sta-
tion between 1989 and 1992, Tu-
via Raviv, the head of the
Budapest Jewish Agency office,
said in an. interview.
The number of Jews passing

through Budapest has declined
to a trickle in the past few years
as direct flights between the for-
mer Soviet Union and Israel now
transport most Jewish emigres.
Among Hungarian Jews, Mr.
Raviv said, 200 made aliyah this
year, a 25 percent increase over
the 1993 total.
Almost half of those making
aliyah from Hungary were young
people who had gone to study in
Israel and subsequently decided
to remain there, Mr. Raviv said.
Mr. Raviv said that in contrast
to the past, the few hundred
Hungarian Jews who make
aliyah are doing so "not because
they are afraid to be Jews in
Hungary," but because they are
Zionists.
There are an estimated
100,000 Jews in Hungary.

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