Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1986-01-02, page 01
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MM U..A .-* h-w »* ,*r *>*,!i,,irfnT ., .j* ^|'„ JjfeOMCLE ljl\//$*rv,na Columbus and Central Ohio Jewish Community tor Over 60 Years ^AR LJBHA/YY, OHIO HiSTOnlOAL.SOC^^rr^ 1 982 'VELMA AVE. COL.O. 0, 43211 ' ■ EXOH VOL.64 NO.l JANUARY 2,1986-TEVET21 Devoted to American and Jewish (deals. Barbie Trial Postponed Senate Conservatives Try To Prevent Ratification Of Genocide Convention PARIS (JTA) — The Supreme Court has postponed the trial of Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie which had been scheduled to open Feb. 3. France's highest court announced Dec. 20 the postponement of the trial after it overturned a lower court decision and after it ruled that the 73-year-old former Gestapo officer could be charged with crimes against French resistance fighters as well as crimes against Jewish civilians who he ordered deported to death camps. Legal-experts said that the trial could begin next March or April, at the earliest, after the'upcoming legislative elections. Charges Dismissed Against Demonstrators NEW YORK (WNS) - New York Criminal Court Justice Richard Lowe dismissed "disorderly conduct" charges on Dec. 23 against 24 persons arrested Nov. 19 for staging a sit-in on the street in front of the Soviet Mission to the UN here. The sit-in, to protest on behalf of Prisoners of Conscience and refuseniks in the USSR, coincided with the hour of the Geneva summit meeting between President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The defendants included eight rabbis as well as the national coordinator of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry, Glenn- Richter. The rabbis', all from the New York metropolitan area, were Irving Beigel, F-*_-ard Feld, Matthen Futterman, Julie Gordon, Matthew Kamens, Allan Meyerowitz, James Michaels and Robert Port. WASHINGTON (JTA) - Senate Conservatives have found a new tactic in their effort to try to prevent ratification of the United Nations Genocide Convention, a claim that it will not only harm the United States but also Israel. This became clear when Sens. Jesse Helms (R. N.C.) and Chic Hecht (R. Nev.) used this argumant Dec. 5 to prevent unanimous consent to bring up Helms' own amendments to the treaty. Helms said "there are Jewish citizens who previously strongly supported this treaty who now realize that Israel will be most likely the first nation to be victimized by it." _ Helms had made this argument before. But it came as a surprise when he was sup- Report That USSR Will Soon Allow More Jews To Emigrate Is Termed Disinformation, Hopeful Speculation NEW YORK (JTA) - A report that an official of the Soviet Embassy in Washington told a representative of a Jewish organization that he believed Moscow will restore diplomatic relations with Israel in February and dramatically increase' the number of Jews allowed to leave for Israel was greeted with skepticism and even anger in some quarters by those closely associated with the Soviet Jewry issue.' * According to these officials, the report in The New York Times concerning a luncheon meeting a few days ago between an official of the Simon Wiesenthal Center of Los Angeles and a low-level Soviet official was a compendium of Soviet disinformation and hopeful speculation. In Jerusalem, Israeli Premier Shimon Peres told the Editor's Committee of the Daily Press at its annual luncheon last week that he knew nothing of the reported meeting in Washington. He said that over the past two or . three months there had been undertakings: — which'he did not describe — by< "responsible" Soviet representatives in conversations to consider the question of family reunification. , Peres said this was "not a very precise' commitment,', but it is an interesting one nevertheless." He said pther conversations which took place on a lesser level seemed designed more for image betterment than any practical purpose. The Premier went on to say -that Israel would object to Moscow playing a role in Mideast peacemaking unless it reestablished ties with Israel.' Meeting Initiated By The Russians The meeting between the Soviet" official, whose identity was not disclosed, and the Wiesenthal Center representative, who the Jewish Telegraphic Agency was told was Martin Mendelsohn, the Center's legal'counsel in Washington, was initiated by the Soviets. Mendelsohn, contacted by the JTA, refused to discuss any aspect of the meeting or Times re- • port, Rabbi Marvin Hier,-dean of the Center, said thq Soviet official was eager to put across two specific points. These were that he "thinks" there will be full diplomatic relations between Israel and the Soviet Union in February,', before the Communist P^jrty Congress that month, and that Moscow is going to allow many more Jews to leave than are permitted now. ' Soviet Jewish-emigration levels are running < at far > lower levels' than during 1979, a peak year for emigration when more than 51,000 Jews were allowed to emigrate. The Soviets, according to reports, are seeking an (CONTINUED ON PAGE 12) ported by Hecht, who is Jewish, since the Jewish community has long called for ratification of the Convention which„was signed in 1949 in the wake of the Holocaust. -.& Difference Of Opinion Hecht said he asked "top Jewish attorneys, international attorneys," to analyze the treaty and "it is their opinion that the genocide treaty would not be in the best interest of the State of Israel or the United States of America." However, Sen. Howard Metzenbaum (D. Ohio) replied that "the - American Jewish community believes that the Genocide Convention should be ratified. The American Jewish community further believes that on the whole question of genocide, Jews of other lands, who suffered more than perhaps- any. other group in the world, have an impact and a- concern about the whole issue of genocide." The convention failed to come to the floor for ratification before the Senate adjourned Dec. 21. But Senate Majority Leader- Robert Dole (R. Kans.) is on record as pledging that it will be ratified. "We'll do it this year," Dole said at the groundbreaking for the U.S. Holo- Local Leaders Registered For Young Leadership Conference Washington, D.C, March ership Cabinet — the spon- 2-4, will be the sight of the soring organization — and fifth National Young Leader- Columbus Jewish Federa- ship Conference. "We al- tion's Conference chair- ready have 41 individuals woman. The conference will include expert analysis of foreign and domestic issues by veteran Washington and Middle East observers; briefings by Congressmen and White House and State Holly Kastan registered from Columbus, who will join '3,000 young Jewish leaders from around the country in an exciting and stimulating experience offering an opportunity to learn and effect change," said Holly Kastan, a member a)f the National.United' Jewish Appeal Young Lead- caust Memorial Museum in October. Later, in November, in an address to the General Assembly of the Council of Jewish Federations, he said if jt could not be done before the Senate adjourns it would be one of the first issues in'the new year. David Brody, Washington representative of the Ariti- - Defamation League of B'nai B'rith,. told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that Dole recently repeated this pledge on the Senate floor. Jesse Helms Becomes Strong Israel Supporter Randall Arndt Department officials; discussions with Israeli govern- (CPNTINUED ON PAGE 9) WASHINGTON (JTA) - One of the most interesting developments of 1985 in Washington was the transformation of Sen. Jesse Helms (R. N.C.) from someone considered unfriendly to Israel to a strong supporter of the Jewish State. In fact, Helms, like several other conservative Senators and many in the Christian Right, believes Israel should maintain control of the West Bank. Helms-explains his new position in an article in the upcoming winter issue "of Policy Review, the quarterly published by the Heritage Foundation, the Washington- based conservative think tank. Entitled "A Baptist Deacon Reflects on American Policy Toward Israel," Helms notes'that when his wife, Dorothy, visited Israel in 1972, at the time he was first running for the Senate, she slipped a prayer on a piece of paper into the Western Wall that he should win. He won the election and the next two. But more to the point, the Helms article describes his first visit to Israel last spring- at the invitation of , Sen. Chic Hecht (R. Nev.) to. join Hecht and his brother, Marty, in the'dedication of a new synagogue at the Hebrew University campus on Mount Scopus in honor of Hecht's-96-year-old father. "We decided to follow in' the footsteps of the patriarchs," starting in Hebron and. visiting Judaea and Samaria, Helms recalls. "This area called the West Bank is the heart of ancient Israel, the very land that the Bible is all about." Helms goes on to note: "It is ironic that modern Israel is crammed along the seashore, where in' biblical times, the Philistines and Canaanites lived; while bib-, lical Israel, the homeland of the Jews, is the very territory which the U.S. State Department wants the Jews to leave." But Helms also argues that Israel needs the territories for security^ He < cizes the U.S. position of returning territory for peace and leaving the West Bank under Palestinian authority in association with Jordan. "There is no piece of paper sufficiently strong to uphold "regional arrangements that do no meet the dictates' of common sense," he wrote. "The animosity of the neighboring. Arab countries does not spring'f rom concern over the present inhabitants of the so-called West Bank or the fact, that Israel exercises administrative and military control over that territory. 'The animosity springs from the fact that Israel proper exists. Concessions on ihe West Bank territory would only whet the appetite of animosity, not appease it." Helms sees the strategy of King Hussein of Jordan in the current peace process as aimed at "imposing indefensible boundaries on Israel." Thus, Helms neither supports the Administration's peace process, nor does bethink its efforts to bring about negotiations is desirable. "It is not enough to say that Israel would npver agree willingly to conditions that would result in its annihilation," he stresses "The United States might pressure Israel into agreements that otherwise would not' have been accepted." Helms takes his argument further and notes that as a result of the Egyptian-Israel peace (treaty, the U.S. has doubled its aid to Israel and tripled aid to Egypt. "The contributions to these two countries are a barely disguised attempt to buy jioace — to repay Israel for the massive costs of meeting the Camp David agreement, and to give Egypt a basis for standing up to the i&it ot the Arab world," he argute. Helms, who has, continually opposed all lon-ign aid; adds that this hitih level of support to Israel results in compromising "the recipient's freedom of act iwi "He charges that,this "is ju?-.t tha way that the State Depart- <dtoNTINUEO ON KAQg 7) ft }y> ^""
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1986-01-02|
|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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