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May 10, 1996 - Image 126

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-05-10

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News

The Promised
Land is
looking even
more
promising.

Celebrating Jerusalem 3000

Jerusalem celebrates it's 3000 year anniversary. And JNF is a part of it. JNF is developing three projects_that will add immeasurably to the quality
of life for Jerusalem's citizens. The KKL Park And Events Center will contain an amphitheater for national and cultural events. JNF is also
building Gan Yaldei Yisrael, a unique children's garden and completing Jerusalem's Green Belt — a 1.5 million tree forest that will encircle the
city. The Promised Land is looking even more promising. The Jewish National Fund. For more information or to make a contribution call:

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El Al Offers
American 'Miles'

New York (JTA) — El Al pas-
sengers traveling between Amer-
ican cities and Tel Aviv will soon
be able to earn frequent flier
miles on American Airlines.
The arrangement is part of a
code-sharing agreement recent-
ly signed by the two airlines.
"'Me cooperation will have two
big impacts," said Michael Gat,
general manager for El Al in
North and Central America. "We
will have the ability to serve any
point in the U.S. and AAdvantage
members will get mileage on
flights to Israel."
Beginning Nov. 1, members of
El Al's frequent traveler program,
Matmid, will earn air miles for
designated code-sharing Ameri-
can flights between Tel Aviv and
Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and
Newark.
A member of the airline's AAd-
vantage program who travels
from Dallas, for example, to a
connecting El Al flight in Chica-
go will earn AAdvantage air
miles for the entire trip, includ-
ing the Dallas to Tel Aviv leg.
The two airlines also plan to
offer more attractive prices on
their connecting flights to and
from Israel.
"We believe it's a great part-
nership and a great potential for
both of us," Mr. Gat said.
"We are delighted to be joining
with El Al airlines in this coop-
erative program," said Gerard
Arpey, American's senior vice
president of finance and plan-
ning. "Extending American's net-
work to Israel will further
enhance our marketing presence
in the Middle East and will great-
ly benefit our customers."

Muslim Girl
Wins Suit

Paris (JTA) — An appeals court
in the eastern French town of
Nancy has ordered the govern-
ment to pay $2,000 to the father
of a Muslim girl who was expelled
from her high school in 1994 for
refusing to remove her headscarf
in class.
Proselytizing in French public
schools, which are secular, is il-
legal, but there are no specific
laws forbidding religious symbols
or dress.
In 1994, the French Education
Ministry issued a directive order-
ing the removal from public schools
of "ostentatious symbols ofreligion,"
but allowed principals flexibility in
applying the directive.
The French Jewish communi-
ty has followed this issue because
of its possible impact on the abil-
ity of observant Jewish students
to wear skullcaps in public
schools.

More than 60 Muslim girls
have been suspended from
French public schools in recent
years for wearing headscarves.

IDE Rejects
Inquiry Charge

Jerusalem (JTA) — Israel De-
fense Force officials have reject-
ed the findings of an initial
inquiry by the United Nations,
that said Israeli soldiers know-
ingly shelled a U.N. base in
southern Lebanon.
At least 91 Lebanese refugees
who had sought refuge at the
U.N. compound in Kana were
killed by the April 18 shelling.
The incident occurred during
Operation Grapes of Wrath, Is-
rael's military operation that
sought to stop Hezbollah from fir-
ing Katyusha rockets into north-
ern Israel. A cease-fire was
reached April 26.
The report, prepared by Maj.
Gen. Frank Van Kappen of the
Netherlands, said that without
contrary evidence from Israel, it
would have to condude the Israeli
actions were deliberate.
Israel has maintained its ar-
tillery batteries were targeting
Hezbollah gunners who had fired
on IDF units from a site near the
compound. -
At the same time, an IDF in-
quiry into the shelling found that
there were technical flaws in the
artillery response.
While the IDF artillery knew
where the base was, they checked
the targeting coordinates incor-
rectly in preparing to fire at the
terrorists, according to the IDF.
The IDF also said that intel-
ligence was not aware that hun-
dreds of Lebanese civilians were
at the U.N. compound.
The IDF chief-of-staff was
quoted as saying at the weekly
Cabinet meeting that the artillery
battery had not deliberately fired
on the base.

Judge Replaced
In Inquiry

Paris (JTA) — A French judge in-
vestigating the 1990 desecration
of a centuries-old Jewish ceme-
tery in the southern town of Car-
pentras has been withdrawn
from the case.
As part of the desecration, a
corpse was unearthed and im-
paled on a beach umbrella.
The removal of the judge came
after her six-year probe failed to
produce any suspects.
Requests for a new judge were
made by the public prosecutor as
well as by the lawyer of a relative
of the deceased, who criticized the
"absence of serious investiga-
tions."
The case has been transferred
to the city of Marseille.

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