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May 10, 1968 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-05-10

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Jewrr iewec a One' People With' Wo-tid
Function in Samuel's 'Light on Israel'

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Maurice Samuel played major I by antagonisms that keep repeat- fellow Arabs with the lot of the
roles as an interpreter of Zionist! ing themselves.
Arabs who remained where they
Primarily, the new Samuel thesis were, one cannot halp thinking that
ideology, as an historian of the
is an emphasis on self-identifica- the refugees must curse the weak-
Jewish nationalist
tion. He advises his readers in ad- ness or the folly that led them to
movement, as a "
vance that his aim is to supply "a succumb to the panic propaganda
leader in an ad-
short factual account of the roots, of their leaders."
vocate of efforts
struggles, and achievements of the
Samuel shows how Israel could
in support of Is-
Zionist movement, and of the Isra- have been destroyed--her univer-
rael.
eli state, showing by what stages sities and the great institutions es-
There is no
the current situation has been tablished by the state could have
doubt about his
reached," and he offers "both a been demolished if it had not been
eminence as the
primer and a commentary which for the Six-Day triumph. He ac-
philosop h e r of
issues from the outlines of a Jew- cepts it as a miracle—indicating
the Zionist cause.
ish life-philosophy." He succeeds that "the immense feeling of grati-
That role re-
tude and relief was suffused with
admir2bly in these efforts.
ce i v e s renewed
In the course of his review of incredulity" in Israel. Titus there
emphasis in Sam-
Jewish experiences through the emerged a new feeling of kinship
uel's newest work
ages, he formulates the views of between Israel and world Jewry
"Light on Isra-
those who granted Jewry the right ; and on this score he states:
el," published by
to cultural and religious identity
"In America Jewish life found
Knopf.
but questioned the Jew's right to an efflorescence unique in the
As in his pre-
build a homeland, he develops the history of the Diaspora . . . Of
vious works, this
theme of how Jews "undertook to consequence is the dawning rec-
one is thorough,
Samuel keep alive. as an article of faith, ognition that world Jewry is not
all - embracing,
containing evaluative historical ma- the association with the Holy headed for early assimilation. It
has a long life before it and must
terial on the State of Israel, the Land." He shows how the continu-
make provision accordingly. It's
of
this
devotion
and
dedication
of
Zionist cause, Jewish experiences'
greatest asset is its unity with
survived
all
obstacles,
reviews
the
in the last half century, the animos-
Israel, and this same unity is
ities directed at Israel which are Christianity's role in the struggle,
demolished by the brilliant author refers to a policy which claimed Israel's greatest asset on the
world scene. Not only is it im-
and the internal struggles for soy- that the Jew did not have the right
possible, it is net desirable that
-
to
live
while
affirming
that
"the
ereignty and for acquisition of Jew-
the Diaspora shall be absorbed
ish support and cooperation in the Jew had to stay alive for the apoth-
into Israel. Both must remain as
"
tasks of survival and assurance of eosis of the Second Coming (of the two wings of a world people.
. Christ).
national independence.
O
One
ambivalence after another In the light that followed the
Because the issuses involving
dark hours of 1967 this truth was
is demolished and while indicating
the refugees, and the Jewish
struggles prior to the emergence that a Nazi triumph could have ob- made to stand out - with a new
clarity." .
of Israel as an autonomous state, literated the Jewish people Samuel
declares
that
it
was
not
the
Holo-
The superb value of Samuel's
are revived so frequently, often ,
being shrouded in darkness or caust that. was the justificaion for new book lies in his having review-
veiled in propaganda, the facts the Jewish • homeland. His signifi- ed conditions affecting. Jewry in
outlined here are valuable for the cant book proves the historic right many land, and has outlined the
tragedy of the Russian Jewish com-
bistorican and for all who are of Israel to Israel.
His outlines of the more recent munity.
anxious to protect Israel's posi-
events; of the struggle to attain
In defining Zionism he shows
tion in ..an environment marked -
independence. of the difficulties that "something greater than the
wi'h the Aralls, of the emerging rescue and rehabilitation of Jewish '
refugee problem, as well as the refugees has been at the heart of
events of June 1967, make Sam- the tremendous Zionist effort," .
uel's "Liclit on Israel" a source that "a mighty tradition gave it
book of special merit.
endurance, drive and character,"
The misrepresentatives regard- that "the democratic and progres-
ing refugees—their emergence, the sive spirit that permeated it and
perpetuation of. the problem, the found incorr.oration in the Jewish
SUGGESTS THE
failure of Arabs to aid their own, state came. with undiminished vi-
etc.—lend special significance to tality out of the remote past."
Samuel's handling of the problem.
Deno-u n c i n g assimibtioniSts
Samuel shows that "theArab who have negated ..Jewish hopes,
minority in Israel has the highest . . condemning Jewish writers who.
standard. of living among the Arabs :.have proven to be "only unappe- .
in the Middle East' and he admon- tizing half-Jews" and haYe giVen
Molt awl Nubs 64
ishes:
"a touch of nastiness to their
CATSIKIU-S
"When compares the treatment
Jewish characters," Samuel
'meted out to the refugees by their shows the existence aplenty of
Jewish " •roblerns, tragedies, eri-
•. ses• of conscience."
State Residency Rules•
There is strong advocacy of ef-
for Welfare Cases .Rappe d ' forts
for the expansion of Jewish •
t e
WASHINGTON— Four national educational efforts and the creation
t
Protestant. Catholic and Jewish- or- ; of a new influence upon the Youth -
WHITS MOUNTAINS
ganizations have joined a civil in the Jewish home in the Samiiel
rights group in urging the U.S. Su- book. He portrays Jewry as "an ‘.
preme Court to outlaw state resi.: e:hical people" and he asserts:. . •
dency requirements for welfare
"The Western world will be ill:
cases seeking federally-sponsored at ease with the Jew until it takes •
relief aid.
up an affirmative attitude toward
The five groups filed a joint the Jewish Diaspora as one of its
friend-of-the-court brief supporting permanent component elements. It
lower court decisions .,invalidating must see in world Jewry a uniquely
residency requirements enacted by useful influence toward the har- -
Connecticut, Pennsylvania and the rnonization of the world's national-
District of Columbia.
.
isms. It will do so in proportion as
Submitting the brief were: Amer- Western Jewry renews itself
jean Jewish Congress, Council of througi Israel in the Jewish tradi-
Jewish Federations and Welfare lion."
Funds, National Conference of
The hope expressed in "Light on
Catholic Charities, National 'Conn- Israel," the long view taken by the
cil of the Churches of Christ in the eminent author, is for Jewry's con-
U.S. h--, (1 Scholarship, Education tinuation as an entity, as one peo-
and Defense Fund for Racial ple with a world function. That this
Equality, Inc. should not become only a vision he
The national board of the Young pleads for the elimination of disen-
Women's Christian Association also chantment and weariness.
supports the _arguments in the
brief.
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