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Lubavitcher Rebbe Wants Israel Gov’t. to Stop Helping Jerusalem Arabs

Rabbi Menachem M. Schneersohn, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, assailed the Israeli government today for assisting Arabs in East Jerusalem, The remarks of the Rebbe, whose headquarters are in New York, were broadcast in the Habad Synagogue in the Old City.

The leader of the Hasidic sect warned against an entente between Jews and Arabs and criticized Dr. Yosef Burg, Israel’s Minister of Interior, for “boasting” about cordial relations between Jews and Arabs. He also accused Welfare Minister Michael Hazani of distributing money to Old City Arabs from funds raised by world Jewry. “Instead of allocating this money to religious institutions they distribute money to Arabs and strengthen them.” the Rebbe said. Burg and Hazani are leaders of the National Religious Party.

The Rebbe alleged that the Israeli government put obstacles before Jews who want to settle in the Old City. He also claimed that If Jerusalem Arabs are allowed to vote in the municipal elections, they might end up determining the fate of the city.

Marc Mosewitz was reelected last night in Tel Aviv to another two-year term as president of the Israel Manufacturers Association.

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