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>JN April 14, 1997, Vol. 5, Number 66
Reform, Conservative Jews Cut Contributions
Reform and Conservative Jewish communities in the US, angered by
the Israeli Knesset's first round approval of a conversion law
that legitimizes Orthodox conversions only, have decided to divert
part of their contributions to Zionist-based organizations and
transfer them to their representative movements in Israel.
The major institutions that stand to be affected by the move are
the United Jewish Appeal and the quasi-governmental Jewish Agency.
The Jewish Federation in San Francisco decided to cut $1 million in
its annual donation to the UJA, nearly 15% of its budget, and will
instead channel the monies into Israeli Conservative and Reform
institutions as well as projects for Jewish-Arab coexistence.
Jewish-American investors in Israeli corporations have warned they
may reconsider their relationship to the Israeli business sector in
light of the decision.
Palestinian Wounds 3 at Allenby Bridge
A Palestinian woman shot and wounded an Israeli soldier, a
border guard and a Palestinian Sunday morning on the Allenby bridge
crossing from Jordan into Israeli-controlled territory. Police said
the woman got off a bus on the bridge and fired.
Yechiel Amitai, a spokesman for the bridge crossing, said the woman
was a resident of the West Bank village of Qalqilya, but came to
the crossing from Jordan. "She fired at the Israeli side and
wounded three people," Amitai said. "The woman was then
overpowered and taken away for questioning."
Israel eased West Bank and Gaza border restrictions Sunday,
allowing 20,000 Palestinians to cross into Israel to work. Israel
closed the borders after the March 21 bombing in Tel Aviv.
Palestinian Authority Acquires Anti-Tank Missiles
Yediot Acharonot reported Sunday that the Palestinian Authority
is acquiring anti-tank missiles from foreign countries, and
smuggling them into Gaza. Israeli security forces fear that the
port being built in Gaza without Israeli permission will soon be
used for boats filled with weapons and ammunition.
Infrastructure Minister Ariel Sharon and others had previously
warned that the PA is making great efforts to amass arms, including
anti-tank missiles. Brig.-Gen. (res.) Aharon Levran, formerly of
the IDF Intelligence Corps, explained some weeks ago that not only
is this a violation of the agreements, but it leads to a situation
where the Palestinians are able, via their growing military
strength, to impose their will on Israel.
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has urged Arabs to quit talking about
Jerusalem and do something about it. In a speech at Al-Fatih
University in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Gadhafi said the Arab
world must counter Israeli moves in east Jerusalem.
"The Zionist movement in east Jerusalem must be confronted by an
Arab countermovement to occupy east Jerusalem and deny any Zionist
entry," Gadhafi told a rally of university students. "It is not
through paper resolutions."
He chided those countries that have tried to develop relations with
Israel, saying "We must expose the stupidity of the Arab economic
and political approaches because it is part of the deteriorating,
decaying and immoral international approach."
Last week, Yasir Arafat said "There will be no peace in the area
until Jerusalem is returned to its rightful owners, to become the
capital of Palestine. Jerusalem is the key to peace or war in the
According to a report in a London-based Arabic daily newspaper,
Syrian President Hafez el-Assad has placed the nation's military
forces on high-alert in anticipation of engaging into war with
Israel, based on recent developments in the Middle East.
According to an unidentified senior Syrian political figure, Syria
said it does not have to rely on any outside assistance and it is
capable of causing "a great deal of damage to Israel" using its
own 600 kilometer (360 miles) missiles and other weaponry.
The Israeli Ministry of Labor has announced a grant of NIS 1,400
($462) to families who move to Katzrin in the Golan from areas
which are not in the list of national preference areas. The total
government assistance for purchasing a home in Katzrin in the Golan
is NIS 200,000 ($66,000) of which NIS 40,000 ($13,200) is a grant.
Contractors are offering an additional loan of NIS 70,000
($23,100). The price of a home is around NIS 310,000 ($102,300). A
total of 500 housing units are at various stages of planing and
construction in Katzrin.
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