NEW YORK (Aug. 30)
The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith called Japan Air Lines distribution of a list of Pacific Basin area synagogues a naked attempt to distract attention from JAL’s participation in the Arab economic boycott of Israel. Arnold Forster, associate director and general counsel of ADL, called the list “an obvious ploy to counteract the bad publicity JAL has received since ADL and other Jewish organizations disclosed that it refuses to establish mutual landing rights with El Al Israel airlines.” This, he said, is the latest in a series of “stalling tactics and double-talk used by JAL to avoid negotiating flight arrangements with Israel.”
Sephardic Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef told a conference of rabbis in Jerusalem that rabbis do not do enough to save the spiritual image of the people Rabbi Yosef told the participants in a conference assembled for the forthcoming High Holidays and month of Elul, that rabbis in Israel should not just function in the synagogue but must go to the people and speak to them in their language and in the language of our age.
The Ashkenazic, Sephardic and Liberal Jewish congregations in Holland urged the Dutch government to protest to the Soviet Union against the harassment of Israeli athletes and Jewish spectators at the World University Games.
An extensive plan to expand the absorption of immigrant doctors has been completed by the Ministry of Absorption in cooperation with Kupat Holim. Immigrant doctors will take advanced professional studies for 2-3 years during which they will get aid from the Ministry.