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May 16, 1969 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1969-05-16

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

20—Friday, May 16, 1969

Jews Outside Israel Face Extinction,
Renowned Canadian Poet Warns

By MICHAEL M. SOLOMON

(Copyright, 1955, JTA

MONTREAL—Irving Layton is a
Canadian-Jewish poet who has won
an important niche in Canada's
literary pantheon.
Most of his work, in English,
breathes with the effervescent life
of Montreal's Jewish ghetto of a
generation ago. That ghetto has
long gone, and its denizens have
migrated to the suburbs and mid-
dle-class affluence.
Layton will depart shortly too.
He gives up Montreal's Sir George
William University after 20 years
for a chair in English literature
at York University in Toronto.
stronghold of Canadian Anglo-
Saxonism with a late Victorian
tinge.
He speaks with the sadness of
nostalgia of this city where he ar-;
rived 53 years ago as an immigrant '
child from Romania. He recalls I
the Jewish immigrant milieu
which spawned much of his poetry '
and that of others like A. M. Klein
and Leonard Cohen.
Layton, author of 22 books and
many times recipient of national
literary awards, firmly be-
lieves that Diaspora Jewry is
doomed. It will be swallowed up,
he declared, either by the Gen-
tiles or by Israel. "Those who
have cut their connections with
Judaism will soon melt into the
surrounding non-J e w i s h sea

while those who remain faithful
to Jewish traditions will sooner
or later be absorbed by Israel."
The latter eventuality does not
disturb him in the least. Layton
is passionately devoted to Israel,
which he considers the repository
of "the basic values of Judaism"
destined to "educate" the rest of
world Jewry.
The young generation is a puzzle
and source of anger for this poet.
And so are many Jewish intellec-
tuals who, he says, "have swallow-
ed the Moscow line on Israeli im-
perialism, hook, line and sickle.
My contempt is greater for them
than for the masters who put the
baited hook in their gullets."
"What angers me," he said. "is
the great excitement young Jews
display for Cuba when as Jews
they should be attracted by the
progressive and democratic
achievements of Israel." Yet he
understands their alienation from a
"bourgeoisie they consider sick and
rotten. They specifically repudiate
their parents and together with
them, the whole middle class
establishment including Israel,"
he said.
The poet thinks there must be
changes in the emphasis and con-
tent of Jewish education today
if Judaism is to woo its young
away from "such vicious foreign
myths as Stalinism, Maoism and
Castroism." Modern Jewish edu-
cation, he said, "must jettison
archaic Orthodoxy" if the young
are to be prevented from turn-
ing their backs to it.
The state of Israel. Layton said.
should take the initiative by open
ing its schools in the Diaspora and
teaching the true ancient and mod-
ern Jewish history and basic Jew-
ish values. He defined the latter as
"devotion to humanity, repudiation
of complacency, arrogance, power.
idolatry and anything that destroys
human dignity. That is the Heb-
raic contribution to world culture."
he said.

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has given her a complex which
manifests itself in absenteeism."
The speaker was Mrs. Miriam
Goldwasser. originally from Brook-
lyn, chief clinical psychologist of
the Israel Mental Health Services.
"In the end I went to her home
to get to the root of the trouble.
Ruth's father is an immigrant from
Turkey. He is a policeman. They
came to Israel with nothing and
are having a difficult time furnish-
ing their apartment. For this rea-
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Congressman Asks FBI to Probe El Fatah Backers

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. J. beh, the West Bank village where
Herbert Burke, Florida Republi- Sirhan Sirhan was born, have sent
can, has asked the Federal Bureau a telegram to King Hussein of Jor-
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tivities of Arab supporters of El save Sirhan's life. The convicted
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who are "exploiting student visas faces c'eath in the California gas
to agitate among American mili- chamber.
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The Taybeb villagers appealed to
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Rep. Burke. a member of the cause and turn his trial into a
House Foreign Affairs Committee, trial of Zionism."
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