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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, February 27, 1979-Page 7

Many Iranian Jews remain
(Continued from Page 1)

"The feeling is excellent among most
of the intellectuals and those who un-
derstand the situation ... They feel the
revolution was right," Shofet said. "I
am very optimistic, but it depends how
we behave."
THOSE JEWS WHO still wish to
leave Iran but are barred by
Khomeini's emigration ban said they
are concerned over his hardline anti-
Israel policy, which they believe must
inevitably rebound against them at
some stage.
The Iranian oil exports that accoun-
ted for 60 per cent of Israel's needs have
been cut. The Israeli offices in Tehran
have been handed over to Yasser
Arafat's Palestine Liberation
Organization and Israeli diplomats
have been expelled.
Khomeini told Arafat that once Iran

has been rebuilt from the "ruins" left
by the shah, "we will turn our attention
to the issue of victory over Israel."
"I am 99 per cent sure that, at some
stage, there will be war with the
Israelis," said a Jewish carpet mer-
chant who asked not to be identified. "If
the Iranians lose, I fear they will turn
on us as a scapegoat.
"WE ARE finished here and I believe
that 90 per cent of the Jews still in Iran
will try to get out," he said, while
looking around his shop that contained
$150,000 worth of unsold Persian car-
pets. "I don't know how much money I
will be able to get out of the coun-
try ... but the money is not the most
important thing. I just want to go."
Extreme pessimism, however, is far
from universal among Iran's Jews.
Personal acts of hostility toward them

are rare and noneof those interviewed
had experienced any or know anyone
who had.
The main fear of a 25-year-old Jew
who identified himself only as David,
was not an outbreak of anti-Semitism
but "civil war with the communists or
between north and south."
HIS FAMILY owns a shop that sells
carpets and handicrafts and is planning
to stay on.
"I think Khomeini's promises are all
right," he said. "He is a holy man and
will not be bad with anyone, even the
Bahais." This is a minority Islamic sect
whose property was attacked by some
Moslems during the revolution.
Shofet, whose office in a Jewish
community in Tehran has a colored pic-
ture of Khomeini prominently
displayed on the wall, argues that the

revolution's anti-Israeli stance should
not be a major cause of concern for
Iran's Jews.
ARAFAT, HE SAID, "came as the
political representative of the PLO.
That is something political. Iranian
Jews are not part of the Middle East
conflict. We can't decide politically for
the nation."
He said a group of Jewish intellec-
tuals has established close relations
with Khomeini and his advisers.
"He gave us a message in reply that
in future our welfare will be better than
under the shah," said Shofet.
January's name comes trom the two-
faced Roman god, Janus, who looked
forward into the future and backward
into the past.

Begin may attend Camp David talks

It was just another morning in Portland, Oregon moments before the solar eclipse.
Then the city became dark at the point of totality during yesterday morning's
eclipse. Because of heavy cloud cover, however, Portland residents were not able
to witness the eclipse.I
Awesome solar vanishing
act enthralls thousands

(Continued from Page 1)
Sun worshippers across the country
broke out their pinhole projectors while
scientists set up more sophisticated
equipment and conducted experiments
in chartered aircraft above the clouds.
"The thing that was so impressive,"
commented solar physicist Steve Suess
in Colorado, "was on the lower left of
the sun, a really red prominence. You
can't see that on the sun very often
during a solar eclipse."
LESS IMPRESSED was 20-year-old
Kathy Waidman, a waitress in a
Williston, North Dakota steak house.
"I never thought people would travel
that far just to see the sun go out."
More than 1,000 persons gathered
near the Columbia River in Goldendale,
Washington - some from as far away
as New England and California - to
observe the moon block out the sun for a
few minutes.
FROM WASHINGTON state to North
Dakota, pessimistic, - last-minute
weather forecasts predicted obscuring
clouds to ruin the event. But in most
parts of the country, the clouds parted
and allowed everyone to witness the
spectacular display.
State workers along with the other
curious assembled on the Capitol Cam-
pus mall in Olympia, Washington to see
the sun's corona for 44 seconds.
Jim Manning, assistant director of
the Morehead Planetarium in Chapel
Hill, North Carolina drove more than
1,000 miles with eight otheireople to
the snow-covered prairie of north-
western North Dakota to see the eclip-
se.

"YOU FEEL the awesome power of
the laws of nature, how they affect
things, and all you can do is sit there
and watch," Manning said. "It's a
mystical experience."
The moon's shadow crossed the earth
at speeds over 3,000 miles per hour,
beginning on the west coast near Por-
tland, Oregon and dissolving over
Greenland. Much of the rest of the
nation, including Ann Arbor, was
treated to only a partial eclipse.
In Birmingham, Alabama, it was too
cloudy to see anything, so visitors at the'
Red Mountain Museum heard it in-
stead. A radio telescope there picks up
hissing noises, radio waves emanating
from the sun. The noise stopped for a
few seconds yesterday morning.
'U' prof; elected
University Prof. Gordon McMahon
of the School of Education has been
elected to a three-year term as a
trustee of the National Association of
Industrial and Technical Teacher
Educators, an organization concerned
with teacher preparation, research and
professional experiences in the field of
industrial and technical teacher
education.
COSMIC ART
NEW YORK (AP)-The exhibit
titled "Cosmic Art" is on show at the
American Museum-Hayden
Planetarium through March 31.
The show features artists Leonardo
Nierman and Jorge Espinosa.

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's
Cabinet rheets today to decide whether
Prime Minister Menachem Begin will
accept a U.S. invitation to a Mideast
conference meeting without Egyptian
President Anwar Sadat.
Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan flew
in from Washington yesterday to attend
the crucial session.
Some Israeli leaders have voiced
doubts that Sadat's representative,
Prime Minister Mustafa Khalil, would
have the power to make decisions at a
summit and said they feared the
meeting could lead to pressuring Israel
alone on issues blocking a peace treaty.
SADAT, MEANWHILE, kept mum on
why he decided to send Khalil to Camp
David rather than personally atten-
ding. He toured a petroleum refinery
and cement plant in Alexandria, Egypt,
yesterday and avoided reporters.
One of the president's aides said
Sadat should not be expected to "do
everything" and that it was fitting for
Khalil to represent Egypt since both he'
and Begin are prime ministers.
When Carter announced his plans for
a summit, he left Sadat the option of
joining the talks if they proved suc-
cessful
AL AHRAM said Khalil had stated
.Egypt's views regarding the proposed
agreement, which took the form of a
comprehensive framework or a
package deal." It said Dayan had asked
to consult with his government..
The newspaper said without
elaboration that Khalil also has submit-
ted a written memorandum to Dayan
and Secretary of State Cyrus Vance
'requesting the adoption of five "urgent
steps concerning Jewish settlements,
public freedom, measures undertaken
by the Israeli occupation authority and
the necessity of reducing Israeli
military forces in the cities of the West
Bank and the Gaza Strip."
FOR HIS part, Begin has refused to
commit himself on whether he will at-
tend, saying he would await the out-
come of the Cabinet session.
Dayan told reporters at Ben-Gurion
Airport that he was told Sadat refused
to attend the summit because he did not
see himself as "the appropriate figure
to conduct negotiations on this
paragraph or that paragraph."
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Dayan, who was returning from talks
with Khalil, said, "I have the im-
pression that Khalil is qualified and
authorized" to negotiate an agreement.
The Israeli foreign minister refused to
say if he would recommend to the
cabinet that Begin accept Carter's in-
vitation.
DAYAN SAID it was "not essential"
that Sadat be there, "except for when it
will come to the actual signing of the
agreement, if that stage will be
reached."
Begin's 17-man Cabinet reportedly is
divided on whether to accept the in-
vitation, and the positions adopted by
Begin and Dayan are likely to be
decisive. But many Israelis see the
request for Begin to negotiate with
Khalil as an insult.
Begin would not reveal his opinion,
but he told reporters he was not disap-
pointed by Sadat's refusal to attend.
"THE ISSUE is between the two
countries, and not individuals," Begin
said, adding, "Sadat is the man who
makes most of the decisions."
THe treaty talks are snagged over
how the document should be linked to
subsequent negotiations'on the
Palestinian question and on Israel's
claim that the treaty invalidates
Egypt's earlier defense pacts with the
Arab states.
Since the Moslem revolution in Iran,

which severed Israel from its major
source of oil, Israel has given top
priority to the issues of future oil sup-

plies and U.S. financial help in
redeploying Israeli forces evacuating
Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

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