2 --THE BULLETIN ~ Thiirsday/Septembec 14,1989
NEW YORK More Jews emigrated from the Soviet Uniotii: in August than in any single! month on record, the National Conference on Soviet Jewry reported.
The tally was 6,756, of whom 793, or 11.7 percent, went to Israel, according to the NCSJ*s Soviet Research Bureau, which began tabulating emigration from the Soviet Union in 1968.
The previous monthly high was in October 1979, when
4,746 Jews departed. That year, Jewish emigration totaled 51,320,0 figure that has |ifet;beehf Snatched in recent^xieicades. Total Jewish emigration so far this year stands at 33,444. r This, year's second-highest monthly J figure was 4,557, recorded in April.
"We welcome the August increase; which surpasses the previous monthly high for 1989 by more than 2,000,"
Shoshana Cardin, NCSJ chairwoman, said in a statement. "This is a development of major significance.'*
Cardin expressed hope that the upward trend will continue. However, she added, "While we rejoice for those who have been able to leave the Soviet Union; we remain mindful of the fact that capri-ciousness'is still part of the Soviet emigration procedure.*' jta
Terrorist trio killed
TEL AVIV — Three Palestinian'terrorists on their way toward the Galilee panhandle to : commit mass slaughter were killed in a clash wiihthe South Lebanon Army. There were no casualties among the SLA troops. '
Galut adviser named
Mehtngitis fears discount^^
MOSCOW MEZUZA^s affixed by Rabbi Arthur Schnejer (left) of New York's Park East Synagogue at newly-reopened^ office of Israeli consular delegation In USSR. Diplomats retumed recently to premises in Soviet capital, closed sinco 1967, when relations with Israel were broken off. Right: member of Israeli'consular staff. "
Minister 'Moshe named
-^Foreign Arens has Michael Shilo as
NEW YORK — Door, a program sponsored by the Chicago Board of Rabbis, has won the Silver Dome Award for Excellence in Broa^dcasting of the Illinois Broadcasters Association and the Angel Award of Merit of the national Religion in Media organization. jta
TEL AVIV — of two children meningitis in
The deaths struck by the northern
Israeli town of Nahariya have raised fears of^an epidemic. But health authorities are reassuring the public it is unlikely.
They said if no new cases were reported soon, any possible danger would have passed.
Anne Pollard release
-JERUSALEM — Israeli health minister Ya'acov Tsui-has come under fire for urging U.S. authorities to release Ahne Henderson Pollard from jail.
Tsur insisted that his plea for clemency implied no change in Israel's policy of refraining from intervention in the Pollard spy case. The Labbrite minis^ ter said his public appeal was a humanitarian gesture and had been coordinated with the top government leadership.
Pollard is serving two concurrent five-year prison terms for possession of classified documents in connection with the espionage activities of her husband, Jonathan Jay Pollard. The former U.S. Navy civilian employee was sentenced to life imprisonment for spying for Israel.
A movement has developed in the United States and Israel for the early release of Anne Pollard, who is suffering from a debilitating intestinal disease.
She is presently confined at the Federal Prison Camp in Danbury, Conn., and was denied early parole last month. Although officially eligible for furloughs, she was recently told she will not be released for the High Holy Days.
Hadassah convention cheers
In an unus-statement.
ually strong Hadassah's national president has called on the organization's membership to fight any attempts to restrict women's acceiss to abortion or birth
a speech at the 75th ahhiial convention here, Cafinela Kalmanson quoted from the recent Supreme Court decision in the abortion case of Webster vs. Reproductive Health Services.
"The Supreme Court has opened the door to a new threat to personal freedom," Kalmanson told the-2,500 delegates in her keynote addricss. "the right of every woman to make choices; in her
life is based solely upon an individual's moral and ethical values.
Kalmanson's emotion-filled oratory was met by rousing cheers and sustained applause. For an organization that has thus far trod lightly on the American political scene, a strong directive issued by the national board to the 385,000 members appeared to be a bold move designed to appeal to a younger constituency.
The directive, an Alert," urged the members to appeal to iocal politicians, align with prb-choice organizations and oppose any attempt to limit or deny state funds for abortion.
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In the'mytHical town of Chelm a jokester once posed a riddle
What's,purple, hangs on the wall.
he announced the answer:
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Rinat Midan, 4, and Meir Ailuz, 6, died at the Nahariya hospital within the same 24-hour period after contracting meningococcemia.
Both youngsters had bathed in the municipal swimming pool, but had no close contact before taking ill. Doctors stressed that the bacteria that cause meningitis are not water-borne and are communicable only by close contact.
The meningococcus bacterium is latent in about eight percent of Israel's adult population, and about a dozen cases are reported each year around the country.
U.S. embassy personnel are routinely vaccinated every year, but epidemiologists say the strain used is against a form of meningitis not found in Israel. Also vaccinated are
dsleiris lea ving Israel bh the aniiual pilgrimage to' Mecca. Meningitis is endemic in Saudi Arabia, parts of Syria and Sudan. jta
PLO contact protested
AMSTERDAM — Representatives of the Jewish community here have expressed concern over the growing con-tacts between the Dutch government and the Palestine Liberation Organization.
A delegation representing five national Jewish organizations was received by Foreign Minister Hans van den Brock prior to his departure for a conference in Paris.
Their visit was prompted by the announcement that ranking Foreign Ministry officials would pay a three-day official visit to PLO headquarters in Tunisia at the invitation of the PLb.;^''i
thbir official objective was to fiiid out if the PLO has really changed its attitude toward Israel.
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Franciszek ^ Macharski, has angered Jews by his dilatory tactics.
Macharski,. who is archr bishop of Krakow, has direct jurisdiction over the convent, although lie is Glemp's subordinate. Last month he ordered construction suspended on an ecumenical prayer centre off the Auschwitz grounds, where the 17 Carmelite sisters living in the convent were to be relocated. He said at the time that he was driven by anger at Jewish groups who demonstrated outside the convent, protesting the church's failure to honor its deadline.
Glempi,' mterviewed by the Rome dailies La Repubblica and // MessaggerOy said the prayer centre woiild Cjost top muchJtp build, "l.think tl^^t Macliarski signed the agrecr ment because' things were done a little too fast," he said, implying possibly that the Jews had not given the cardi-
nals time to reflect>
Glemp, archbishop of War^ saw, stated flatly that the idea of moving, the..convent offended hini% because it is an irrational gesture." He asked Domenico del Rio, Vatican correspondent of La /Jepw^-blicd: "Supposethat I Qome into your house and say you have, to move that;, dresser. You justifiably would rcr spond, *Stupid, this is "my property'." „,
Glemp said he thought it was "a scandal" to ask that the: nuns, be removed from the, Auschwitz convent? "What .are we^supiposed to do, put the
was defended :by' Adrian Simphis,vth^^
adviser on yDiaspora affiairs, reversing.' cutbacks in the Diaspora - relations department made by his predecessor, Shimon Peres.
IDF Stops talking
TEL AVIV — Israel Defense Force Chief of Staff Dan Shomron has ordered that senior IDF commanders, general staff major generals and chief officers may not grant interviews to news media until f urther notice, AI Hamishrnar reported;}ShomrjDn explained his'deci^ibnV spying many military figures have recently given interviews, and that he wishes to lower the profile of the IDF in the media. ^
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rounding the convent controversy has been exalcerbated "by very fanatical Jews." jta
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us atomic bombs to use to attack Israel if we were hit by Israel's atomic bombs."
"I cannot imagine that would be true," the U.S. official said in response. The official said he would doubt "very seriously" that Syria has nuclear weapons, arguing that Israel would not allow Syria to develop them. He could not confirm press reports that say Syria is developing a chemical weapons program.
The U.S. official also disputed Tlass' statement that Syria's defense treaty with the Soviet Union represents a "guarantee." But he said any
Syrian attack on Israel "might slow down what seems to be a very gradual rapprochement" between Israel and the Soviet Union. That rapprochement, he said, has Syria "quite disturbed."
However, the U.S. official said Tlasis' claims about Syria's current conventional military strength are "probably true."
He added that any^war soon between Israel and Syria is highly unlikely^. The truce along the demilitarized zone in Golan Heights has been observed "almost without any serious problems since 1974," he said. ; •'^
political program issued recently by Yasir Arafat's Al Fatah branch of the PLO contain^ "derogatory rhetoric" that "raises questions about Fatah's commitment to accommodation, understanding and peace," the U.S. state department said.
A Fatah congress that met in Tunis approved a program that advocated "intensifying and escalating armed action and all forms of struggle to eliminate the Zionist Israeli occupation of our occupied Palestinian land."
Trio nabbed with ties to terrorists
COPENHAGEN — A man and two women were arrested here in connection with criminal activities said to benefit a Palestinian terrorist organization.
A court ordered the suspects jailed for 13 days while police and the Danish intelligence agency, PET, prepared documentary evidence against them.
ISRAELI SETTLERS In West Bank and Gaza have learned to protect cars against thrown stones with more than Turtle Wax. All sorts of devices have been conjured up, Including this tough plastlfc window cover being fitted near entry to Gaza Strip,
Bonn to sponsor centre at H.U.
: BONN — The West Ger-s% man government will sponsor V a centre for German studies at ijhe Hebrew University in Jer-. -usalem, Bernhard Doell of the >c.Ministry. of Science and Research announced here.
There has been a department of German studies at the Hebrew University for more than 20 years. The new centre will include research in the Oerman language, literature and_ German, history.