Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1982-06-03, page 01
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OfflOJE^ ZJL\\/V Serving Columbus and ^^ Serving Columbus and Central Ohio Jewish Community for Over 60 Years JiHRONICLE SJKK LitiRAftY, O'HIC 193? VELMa AVE. COLS, 0, 4321 1 HiSTOnjGAL SOCj, EXCH VOL.60 NO.22 JUNE 3,1982-SIVAN 12 DovoTcd lo American iind Jewish Ideal*. BEHIND THE HEADLINES A New Chapter Begins In Black Africa Neo-Nazi, Racist Lose Election PHILADELPHIA (JTA)-A neo-Nazi and a racist both wound up last in their respective races in a Democratic primary bid for the governorship and a seat in the state legislature. Eugene Knox, of Shamokin, known for his vitriolic anti- Semitic attacks, received slightly more than 56,000 votes out of some 695,000 cast, to finish fourth in a field of four. Warren Smith, a member of the neo-Nazi National States Rights Party and a former Grand Dragon of the Pennsylvania Ku Klux Klan, drew fewer than 400 votes in his quest for a legislative seat from Bucks County, near Reading, to finish last in a field of six. Anti-Semitism Felt In France NEW YORK (JTA)—Resurgent anti-Semitism in France could escalate into a threat to the entire French Jewish community in tbe event of a political or economic crisis, according to a study prepared by the French scholar Eric Ben- mergui. The 400-page study, which is summarized in the latest issue of Eurofacts, published by the Paris office of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, pinpointed the upsurge in anti-Jewish feeling to the aftermath of the Six-Day War in 1967 and declared that one of the root causes of presently anti-Semitism is the rise and increasing influence of rightwing extremist elements in the country. Israel To Be Honored By Memphis In 1983 ATLANTA (JTA)—Israel will be the honored country at the 1983 "Memphis In May," a month long festival and fair in Memphis, Tennessee. Yehoshua Trigor, the Consul General of Israel for the southeastern United States, accepted the invitation on behalf of his government from Tom Hutton, president of "Memphis In May," a cultural and trade event. During the "Memphis In May" festival next year, Israeli paintings will be on display at art galleries in Memphis, local shops will carry Israeli goods, museums will display exhibits from Israel and local theaters will present Israeli plays and films. KINSHASA, ZAIRE (JTA)—Israel's flag was • raised May 21 over Israel's Embassy in the capital of Zaire. After a nine-year-long absence, which started on the eve of the Yom Kippur War when Zaire and most other African countries broke off their diplomatic relations, Israel was back in Black Africa. The ceremony, under a blistering hot African sun, lasted seven minutes and less than 40 people, mainly Israeli experts and members of the local Jewish community, were present, but many of them were moved to tears as the white and blue flag rose above the Embassy. It was Israel's first major diplomatic victory in many a year. The actual ceremony was carried out by the Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, David Kim- che, who had come to Kinshasa for the occasion, and the Israeli charge d'affaires, Moshe Itan. The real heroes that day were the people gathered behind them on the Embassy's small rail balcony: the Israeli experts who often work in the bush and who had come into town for the ceremony, and the members of Kinshasa's tiny Jewish community who, for years, had been working for this day. They were all sweating and clapping with joy: the experts in their khaki trousers and sandals, the local Jews in their best holiday suits. Hatikva Is Sung At 2 p.m. Itan and Kimche pulled the cord which un- Columbus Jewish Center Schedules Annual Meeting For Monday, June 7 Pam Klynn and Ed Eisenberg, Co-Chairpersons , of this year's Jewish Center Annual Meeting, invite all Center members and friends to the event on Monday, June 7, at 7:45 p.m. at the Center. JfJ Pam Klynn "Since this is our last Annual Meeting in the Old Building, we plan to take a nostalgic loook back at what we've accomplished here—the events and the people involved," said Mrs. Klynn. "It promises to be quite an entertaining evening." Also highlighting the eve- ning's festivities will be the installation of officers and fifteen new Board members. William A. Goldman will be installed for his fourth term as Center President. Other officers are Vice Presidents Michael Talis, Tom Kaplin and Dr. Al Tyroler; Treasurer Ruth Ann Blank; Assistant Treasurer Dr. Alven Herstig and Secretary Stephanie Mendelson. Awards will be presented for outstanding service to the Center. Among the winners are Lenore Schottenstein, who will receive the Continuous Dedication Award; Nancy Paul and Dr. Ron Erkis, recipients of the Koach Leadership Award; Ellen Burnett and David Dachner, recipients of the Mitzvah Volunteer Award and Tom Kaplin, who will receive the President's Award The cast of Gallery Players Man of La Mancha will provide entertainment for the evening as will the teen performers of A Lot of Livin I The Center's Broadway Gypsies will also do a musical number. "The Center has been quite active in the performing arts this year, and we are delighted to have the participation of these talented people in our program," said Ed Eisenberg. Klynn and Eisenberg and their committee—Jody Alt- schule,. Ellen Burnett, billion dollars payable over 10 years. Arab banks and the Persian Gulf states had also heayily contributed to Zaire's development and budget. Most of the other African states had either refused to follow Mobutu's example or had openly at- ' 'No sta te in the world has a free and sovereign state, foreign policy." Ed Eisenberg Howard Burnett, Dena Handler, Sybil Landy, Sunny Masser, Stephanie Mendelson, Nancy Paul and Renee Resnik—invite the community to the program and the reception which will follow. the right to prevent Zaire, from determining its own furled the flag. An Israeli army officer held a small portable tape recorder which played bugles and taps and the Israeli army's official representative, Lt. Col. Yoni Navon, in full parade uniform, gave the salute. The small crowd burst into the Israeli national anthem, "Hatikva." The only local spectators watching the scene were two barefooted African boys, a street vendor with a pile of roasted manioc and half a dozen Zairian soldiers crouching in the shade. The seven-room embassy, out of which only two are furnished, is on the second floor of a relatively modern building a stone's throw away from the port. Practically under its windows flows the Zaire River (formerly the Congo) which, at this point, is about 10 miles wide. It flows slowly and peacefully carrying huge tree trunks, uprooted jungle bushes covered with bright red and yellow flowers and an occasional crocodile The Embassy staff consists, at this moment, of one diplomat, Itan, and his wife, Lea. An Ambassador, veteran expert on African af- faris, Michael Michael, is due to assume his post next month. Right now, the Embassy has one telephone and a telex machine, both out of order, a chronic Kinshasa disease. Its walls are covered, however, with large pictures of Jerusalem, the Western Wall and Israeli sites and personalities. Mobutu Withstood Arab Pressures As people toasted the event with champagne, spirits were high. Israel was not only back in Africa but Zaire's president Mobutu Sese Seko had withstood better tlan anyone could have expected Arab pressures. Tunisia had recalled its Ambassador; Sudan, whose conservative government used to be close to Zaire, had asked for an emergency meeting of the Arab League, and Saudi Arabia had broken off its diplomat ties and cut all of its aid. The Saudi aid alone had been to the tune of half-a- tacked him for "breaking African unity and recognizing a neo-colonialistic power." • Most Zairians, especially those belonging to the middle class, were openly frightened. Just across the river from Kinshasa, the radio and television stations in Brazzaville, the capital of Congo, were broadcasting, night and day, anti-Israeli programs threatening Zaire and Mobutu with economic and political doom. Some Zairi officials feared a total Arab boycott, and on the day of the flag-raising ceremony, Transportation Ministry officials were busy drawing up cqntingency plans for Zairi planes flying to and from Europe which, they feared, might in future be barred from overflying Arab land. The large Lebanese business community, over 5,000 out of a total non-Black population of 40,000, for once showed itself politically active, warning their friends and business acqaintances that "without Arab money Zaire is doomed." Mobutu Denounces Other African States When Kimche drove, on May 21, to Mobutu's presidential palace, he felt that the President might need some reassurances. He was relieved to find him firmer in his determination than ever before. That same afternoon Mobutu made his stand public. Israel Missing From Saudi Map Being Distributed at World's Fair NASHVILLE, Tenn. (JTA)—The Jewish community here has denounced the omission of Israel from a map being distributed at the World's Fair. The map, contained in a brochure at the Saudi. Arabian Pavilion, shows the Saudi kingdom and its Arab neighbor states, with Israel's territory presented as part of Jordan. The brochure was brought to public attention after it was given to members of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee at the fair. "It is striking that the Saudis have used this opportunity to achieve through cartography what they .., have been unable to achieve through officially supported international ter- orism," said a statement quoted by Susan Limor, a spokeswoman for the group. Tennessee's Governor Lamar Alexander criticized the map as well, saying it presents a "strange view of the world." Agreeing that the map was inaccurate, fair president S.H. Roberts said the brochure "does not represent the 1982 World Fair's management, beliefs or policies." But he added that no attempt would be made to prevent further distribution of the brochure. "We feel that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has the right to control materials distributed within their pavilion and (we) would not attempt to interfere with that right," Roberts said. The representative of the Saudi Pavilion said he would not succumb to pressure and that the map would continue to be distributed. Costa Rican Embassy Moves To Jerusalem JERUSALEM (JTA)~ Costa Rica last week became the first country to move its embassy back to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Israel regards this as a major diplomatic breakthrough and believes other countries will also return their embassies to Jerusalem. Costa Rica's new • president, Luis Alberto Monge, pledged to return his country's embassy to Israel's capital during his election campaign. Agricultural attache Carlos Delgado-Hand told reporters here" that the decision was'an expression of deep friendship between the countries. Costa Rica and 12 other countries, mostly Latin American, transferred their embassies from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv in compliance with a United Nations Security Council resolution after Israel passed a law in 1981 declaring united Jerusalem to be Israel's capital.
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1982-06-03|
|Subject||Jews -- Ohio -- Periodicals|
|Place||Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)|
|Creator||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Collection||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Submitting Institution||Columbus Jewish Historical Society|
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