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January 23, 1970 - Image 2

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-01-23

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Purely Commentary

The Realities of Israel's Peace
Motivations — The Serious Battle
Against the Atrocity Propagandists

By Philip
Slomovitz

Thus, Ibraim from Nablus, who
An interesting syllabus has already been prepared by the Bar-Ilan
(Continued from Page 1)
was earning three to four pounds
art and religion.
as the results and the purposes of such action. But the demolitions experts to clarify relations between
*
*
*
a
day
as a laborer under Jorda-
are not new methods preventing the spread of terror: they stem from
nian rule immediately began re-
policies that were officially adopted by the British mandatory power Americans at Absorption Center in Ashdod
ceiving 10 to 12 pounds a day from
over Palestine for the purpose of wiping out nests of saboteurs. Israel
ASHDOD, Israel—In this port city there is an absorption center Israel and Israelis.
does not do anything else. And she did not destroy homes of innocent for new immigrants that deserves special attention.
Abdul is more skilled than
Arabs. It has been established that fewer than 600 such houses were
Visiting editors were welcomed here by the associate head of the Ibraim. Therefore, his payiimmedi-
destroyed in all of the occupied areas; that before demolishing a home
were ately became 15 to 18 '04iinds a
which was ascertained
to have been the source of trouble and whence aliya department, Rabbi Mordecai Kirshblum, and were in
rt
day.
infiltrations into Israel began the occupants were ordered out, and not to some
of the 166
men, women
and children
who, at the time,
g prepared
for permanent
settlement
in Israel.
And no questions are asked re-
a single Arab has been killed in the process of eliminating the nests bein This group of 166 came from 17 countries. The largest group, 27, garding loyalties.
of saboteurs.
But don't try to inquire regard-
Arabs are, however, dying—and the murders are those committed is from the United States, and others were from the following: Moroc-
ing reactions to Israel from any
by the terrorists who, instead of striking at Israelis, have afflicted their co, 24; France, 18; England, 10; Canada, 10; Turkey,. seven; Hungary
venom on their own kin. Some are acts of vengeance against those who and Holland, four each; Tunisia, three; Czechoslovakia and Argentina, of the more than 40,000 Arabs who
are provided work by Israel.. Deep
refuse to collaborate with Arafat and El Fatah. Some Arab deaths, how- ' two each . Persia and Uruguay, one each.
The fact that free countries are so well represented indicated a down, like most of the Ellit Jeru-
ever, are accidental. Instead of striking at Israelis, Arabs are harming
trend toward aliya on a worldwide scale. Of added interest is the salem Arabs who are benefitting
Arabs.
These are elementary facts that must be viewed as firmly-estab- fact that there are many children in the Ahdod group which is one of from the harvest of Israeli busi-
lished by now. But they need to be retold because propagandists speak 13 klita—absorption—centers. The Ashdod group of 166 is divided ness that is enriching them, they
hope for continuation of Israel's
of 7,000 Arab homes having been demolished. This is such an exaggera- in age as follows:
There are 28 children age 3 to 10, and one was born in Israel. administration. But they won't
tion, typical of untruths spread in the aim to harm Israel, that the lie
dare say it. If they do, they are
There
are
13
kindergarten
children,
eight
in
the
elementary
school
must be exposed.
And in exposing the lie, due attention should be given to the atrocity and eight in high school. Eight are in the 61-70 age group; 23 in the immediately branded traitors, and
their lives are insecure.
propaganda that is spreading with such venom that there is greater 51-60 group; 28, 41-50; 30, 31..40, 45, 20-30.
That's the story of Israeli rule,
Even more interesting is the fact that professionally the 166 are
danger to Israel from the lie than from the gun.
whether
on roads that are being
There is one other factor in the present Israel situation to be con- divided as follows: Teachers, 16; engineers, 13; doctors, 11; physicists,
improved
at Nablus, or on the out-
2;
lawyers,
5;
nurses,
3;
agriculturists,
2;
economists,
2;
an
ace
sidered very seriously. It is the reality of great Israel achievements
skirts of Jerusalem, Gaza, Ramal-
that are being overlooked by those who pay more attention to the shoot- and a business administrator.
charge
of
the
Ashdod
absorption
center,
Hebron
and elsewhere.
lah,
Yehiel Presil, who is in
ing than to the creativity. At every step there is achievement, an
in assuring
advance in raising the standards of living, in forming new cooperatives, recognizes the difficulties that are especially confronted
JERICHO—Proof of the humani-
American
children
who
in establishing industries, in setting up cultural centers. But these are the integration of children—especially the
tarian social - mindedness of Israel
taken for granted. They should be viewed with greater seriousness in must learn how to fit into a new environment and learn new methods will be found here, at the experi-
of
instruction,
including
language,
arithmetic
that
is
taught
from
right
presenting the image of Israel.
mental station.
Golda Meir admitted to visiting Jewish editors here last week that to left, etc. But he has faith that the ulpan program will help solve a
This is one of the less secure
not enough effort is being exerted by public relations media to explain multitude of problems.
areas. Israelis no longer come
In
spite
of
the
difficulties,
the
call
that
goes
forth
to
the
Jewries
Israel's role as a' creative force in the world. The prime minister
here in hordes, although the army
pointed to the experimental stations and to other accomplishments, to of the Western countries is send your youth to us for aliyal
is certain to protect them.
NABLUS—Not too many Israelis visit this all-Arab city now.
Israel's progressive role, to the cultural and social advancement, as
But at Jericho Israel is sponsor-
representing the chief factor in the people's life. The military needs Why risk attack? Nevertheless, from this and many other Arab com- ing an experimental station that is
regrettably overshadow them. It's an error attributable not to Israel munities thousands of Arabs flock daily to the roads and to factories headed by a Jew and is supervised
alone but to those who review Israel's role as they have seen it as to work for Israel and Israelis. That's how Israel reacts to the terror: by an Arab. All workers are Arabs.
tourists, as students of world affairs, as newspaper correspondents. But Arabs are a part of Israel, and regardless of their innermost feelings A wealth of fruit produced here is
an attack on an Egyptian miltitary post only eight miles from Cairo they are provided work and are given the best educational facilities shipped to Jordan: there are no
for their children.
emerges more dramatic!
restrictions and Arab producers
As a matter of fact, education in Israel is provided for the first are capitalizing by being able free-
Nevertheless Israel's chief accomplishments are not secretive; they
are well known and should emerge creditable in preference to the eight grades. Under Jordanian rule Arab children were receiving 12 ly to ship their products both to
years of schooling gratis. Israel continues that policy of special priv- Israelis and to Jordanians.
emphasis on the fighting.
Israel is on the defensive and will not permit destruction of people ilege for Arabs.
(Continued on Page 5)
And Israel gives Arabs the sl le living wage assured for others.
or land. This is the task of the military. Aside from that it is quite safe
to concur with the declaration of Prime Minister Golda Meir and the
of It is fro m
leaders in the defense ministry t at Israel is a land
an o p eace.
An Expose of the Shocking Atrocity Propaganda
the enemies on the borders that the term war assumes reality.
It's amazing how even clerics can be influenced by political con-
TEL AVIV, Israel—Major on the agenda of defending Israel and overcoming the shocking propa-
siderations. For a number of years, while appearing on the same plat-
the fantastic stories that are spread about Israel must
form with Patriarch Maximus V. Hakim, spiritual leader of the Greek ganda that is misleading many people. Some of
Catholic Church, Abba Eban would be told by him...that Israel was a even amaze the creators of the lies.
It isn't easy to face up to such propaganda. But a story that appeared in the Jerusalem Post about
marvelous country, that he was all for Israel and hoped the Arabs
Mrs. Moshe Dayan reveals how the lie gains momentum and how, if challenged, it can be refuted.
would see the light and make peace. That was when he was Arch-
Jerusalem Post reporter Sarah Honig, in the story of "Ruth Dayan in Hyde Park," related Abe
bishop of Acre, Haifa and all Galilee. But now, having risen to the
patriarchate, he said, in Caracas , Venezuela , that Israel is the aggres- following:
sor, and he repeated all the worn-out charges against the Jewish state.
family, most of whose members are learning Hebrew.
By SARAH HONIG
But there is another angled story relating to clerics in Israel. In
When I next happened to be in London, I looked for
TEL AVIV—The excited Fatah orator in London's
an article from Acre, reported to the Jerusalem Post, Yoel Dar wrote
the name in the phone book, but I found only the
Hyde Park did not know the woman who challenged
this revealing tale:
speaker's brother. He himself was in Algeria by
his statement that the Israelis make East Jerusalem-
Lebanese officialX at the Rosh Ilanikra frontier post, refused to permit
then," Mrs. Dayan said. The brother, Jihad (meaning
Archbishop Joseph Raya, head of the Greek Catholic Community in Israel, to ites wear humiliating yellow
identity tags. She
holy war), had been in England for the past six
enter the Lebanon, last Sunday.
turned out to be Mrs. Ruth Dayan, wife of the de-
This was the first time that Archbishop Raya was refused permission to
years and was married to an English girl. Mrs.
cross the border. Ile has crossed several times since his arrived over a year
fense minister, who last week told an audience of
Dayan passed on the family's greetings and asked
ago to take up his post. This was also the first time that any Christian clergy.
Jews and Arabs here about many of her meetings
man was refused permission to cross.
if he wanted to send anything to them in Hebron.
The archbishop intended going to Beirut, to discuss the attack on the with Arabs abroad.
The conversation drifted to hciw Jihad would be' able
hlaronite village of Gush lialav (Jish), by terrorists from the Lebanon, on
Mrs. Daycin had recently been elected to the
Saturday night. On arrival at the frontier post, the Lebanese officials asked
to visit. "Finally, I couldn't hold out and asked him
him to wait while they phoned Beirut for instructions. They then told him
presidency of a new - -
if after all this talk he wouldn't like to know whom
that he would not be allowed through, but that he could, if he wished, go to
league for Arab-JewisY
Cyprus and get a Lebanese entry permit there.
he was speaking to. I told him that I am the wife
It is believed that the refusal Was in retaliation for the recent statements friendship—The Alliance
of 'that terrible general',"- Mrs. Dayan laughs.
of loyalty to Israel. and especially his Christmas message, in which be Invoked
blessings on the "soldiers guarding the borders of our land," and expressed the of the Sons of Shem. The
Astonished, Jihad called his father:430w and
wish that they would soon come home safe and sound, and that victory would members gathered to
asked
Mrs. Dayan_ to repeat what she zitctcl said,.
come from heaven.
hear
her
at
the
Tel
Aviv
"Someone else has to hear this or they Wildn't be-
The archbishop yesterday refused to comment on the border incident, but
said that he had had an the soldiers. Jewish and Arab, on both sides of the
Hilton included smartly-
lieve
me.
They'd think I aminventing thus,'".-he said.
border, in mind, and they had his blessings.
And so, Mrs. Dayan found herself telling a andoner
Apparently, while in Israel, Christian ministers speak their minds dressed Arab school
in
teachers,
villagers
about
his
in-laws in Hebron.
in accordance with the realities of the state. Hakim's charges seem
"After we had been talking for a whilei
asked
to have fitted into an environment that caused him to reverse the traditional long flowing '.
robes and Tel Aviv's pop-
the man if he wouldn't like me to conie'aitd visit
realism of the past and to go along with the terrorist charges.
ular
Rabbi
Yedidya
Fren-
them
and
continue
our
conversation
to
face.
He
face,
Fortunately, Christian ministers from other lands who visit Israel
was a little reluctant and told me that they live In-
are not influenced by regrettable propaganda. The handful of British kel.
trip
During
a
recent
a very simple house. I countered by te/ling.hir' n that
MPs that supports terror and condemns Israel is among the excep-
to Latin America, Mrs.
we didn't exactly live in a palace either, and got an
tions to an otherwise encouraging rule.
invitation. : j
Terror does not frighten the builders of Zion. Not far from Mount Dayan met Arabs repre-
po/-
senting
all
shades
of
"When I arrived, I saw that no on
tad really
Hermon, in spite of dangers in an area nearby, there are plans for
Mrs. Day=
opinion,
ranging
itical
expected me to show up. I guess they weretconvinced
the construction of a cable car that will bring many people to that
from total indifference to Israel to intense hatred.
that someone was pulling their leg. AnyWay, we sat
historic mount for skiing.
(during a short stop en
there for a long hour and just talked. Not:about
Imagine: skiing in the Holy Land . . . and cable cars to take Her argument in Hyde Park the most illuminating.
route), however, is perhaps
It was just plain talk in which
tried to de-
you for pursuance of that sport !
Nazi-
description
of
the
Following the speaker's
scribe some of what is really going on: in the terri-
And to emphasize the constructive spirit and the determination
after her sharp denial of any
style
yellow
tags,
tories,"
Mrs.
Dayan
recalled.
of a progressive people, it will interest those who may have feared
crowd silenced him by singing "Hava
She believes that "such talk is the most valuable
the climb to go to Masada to know that cable cars soon will take such things, the
"Hevenu Shalom Aleichem." When he
sort of contact we can have. I told them how after
them to that historic spot where the ancient camp whence Jewish Nagila" and
got off the speaker's platform with his Fatah ban-
20
years we had happy reunions with. okl Arab
heroes repulsed a Roman army was unearthed by Jewish archeologists.
ner, Mrs. Dayan asked where he was from. "He said
friends, how I worked practically every day with
Israel's National Parks Authority Director Ya'acov Yanai an-
and that one night the Israelis
he
is
a
Hebronite
women in Bethlehem, Gaza and Nablus, and how we
nounces that by next October two cable cars will have been completed
blindfolded him and put him somewhere across on
further vocational training in El Arish. There are
to carry 600 passengers an hour on the projected cable cars from a the other side of the border. Now, he maintained, he
many
such stories.
The
trip
will
take
five
minutes,
and
each
trip
will
ac-
youth hostel.
is unable to come back. I took his family's name and
"Jihad and his family really knew nothing about
commodate 40 passengers.
promised to give regards from him. I also told him
what
was
really going on back home," Mrs. Dayan
A Swiss firm will build the cable line for Masada Cable Cars Ltd.
that I can arrange a visit for him," Mrs. Dayan said.
says. She tried to prevail on him to come and see
that is financed by an American investor.
things for himself. Jihad didn't know what to think.
She then took up the subject of the tags again.
These are some of the glories of Israel rebuilt.
"I told the speaker that I was born in Jerusalem and
*

All his information came from the BBC and local
*
in
the
eye
and
tell
me
asked
him
to
look
me
straight
newspapers. "If things. are really as you say," he told
Add to the story of Israel's accomplishments the interesting course
Mrs. Dayan, "where was your propaganda all the
introduced on the Ramat Gan campus of Bar-Ilan University to explain if the story about the tags was true. 'What can I
timer
the attitudes of Jewish, Christian and Moslem religions on the question do,' he shrugged his shoulders, 'it's good for propa-
ganda',"
Mrs.
Dayan
relates.
_."There is nothing like frank face-to-face &sous-
of figurative art.
sion," Mrs. Dayan summed up and suggested that
On her return to Israel, she visited the family
more Jews and Arabs should engage in it.
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS in Hebron. 'It is a very well-to-do and respectable
2—Friday, January 23, 1970

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