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October 09, 1970 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-10-09

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14— Fridwf. Odour 9, 1970


Arab 'Psychologically Incapable'
of Making Peace, Symosium Told

posium on the Middle East conflict
from the psychological point of
view found the Arabs as people
to be hopelessly schizophrenic
and paranoid and incapable of
spontaneously making peace with
Israel or even coming to terms
with its existence.
The symposium, organized by
Dr. Victor D. Sanua of City Uni-
versity, New York, president-elect
of the International - Council of
Psychologists, Inc., conceded that
its studies yielded "a very pessi-
mistic outlook on the solution of
the problem."
It observed that since "it has
often been said that some of the
riots in the U.SA. are induced
by exposure to TV and news media
. . - perhaps a moratorium on
news coming from the Middle East
will have some effect on the poli-
tical situation."
The symposium was conducted

last month at the national con-
vention of the American Psy-


etiological Association in Miami.
Its findings were just published
here under the title, 'The Ni-
tional Character of the Arabs
and its Effect on the Middle
East Conflict."
In an introduction, Dr. Sanua
disclaimed the intention "to discuss
the rights of Israel or the rights

of the Arabs." Nevertheless, his
general discussion of the historical
background of the Middle East con-
flict made it clear that he con-
sidered the Israeli case to be by
far the more meritorious.
The assessment of the Arab
mass character was based on the
results of psychological testings
and studies of Arab groups in the
Middle East and North Africa by
both Western and Arab practi-
It also sought to correlate the
findings of those practitioners with
Sirhan Sirhan, the Palestine-born
Arab convicted of the assassination
of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.
T h e psychologists attributed
Arab deficiencies on the military
front to their inherent inability to
cooperate and work together and
a pathological rejection of un-
pleasant truths ,for fantasies.

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Current concern over what is
happening on the campus finds
many explanatory factors in fic-
tion as well as in news reports.
Those seeking understanding of
what is occurring on campus will
find a vast amount of thought-
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fusions, repressions—the novel re-
flects the mood of the time among
the rebels.
It is a work deeply rooted in the
consideration of current happen-
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smoking pot, the search for an
"The Sophomore" is a compel-
ling work well worth studying. It
will bold the reader's attention
throughout. —P. S.

Bar-Ilan University

Greets the entire Jewish
community of Detroit on the
occasion of the New Year
5731 with best wishes for
a continuity of accomplishments
for Israel's security and the
elevation of all standards of
Jewish life everywhere.

The 6,000 students at Bar-Ilan
and the eminent
scholars on the university's
faculty are grateful for the
assistance Detroit Jewxy has given
in the advancement of the school
of learning, and we invite
continuing interest
that strengthens the hands
of the educators on our campus.

Phillip Stollman

Chairman, National Board-of
Trustees of Bar-Ilan University

Dr. Joseph Lookstein

Chancellor of the University

Israelis Backing Arab Plan for West Bank College

authorities are actively supporting
plans for the establishment of an
Arab university on the West Bank,
It was disclosed here Tuesday.
Deputy Premier Yigal Allon,
who is minister of education, an-
nounced that he had approved of
the project in principle when ap-
proached by West Bank Arab
He said "There are good pros-
pects of international funds con-
tributing to the establishment and
maintenance of such a university."
The site of the school apparently
will be Ramallah, a prosperous,
relatively quiet West Bank town
north of Jerusalem which already
has several training schools and a
junior college.
Plans call for an eventual stu-
dent body of 2,000 with courses
taught in Arabic and English. It
was proposed that admission be
open to non-Arabs.
The initiative for the project
came from West Bank Arabs, but
it was welcomed by Israelis who
see in an Arab university a force
of stability and moderation. Such
an institution with acceptable stan-
dards for accreditation could be ex-
pected to attract West Bank stu-
dents who now attend universities
in the Arab world and abroad,
notably in the United States.
Israelis believe it would serve

as an alternative to the radical
Arab commando movement that
exerts a dangerous attraction
for intelligent Arab youth.
The plan was believed- to have
been . proposed two years ago to
Defense Minister Moshe Dayan by
prominent West Bankers, includ-
ing the former mayor of Ramallah
who was later deported to Jordan
for alleged subversive activities.
It was brought up again and at-
tracted the attention of Mayor Ted-
dy Kona of Jerusalem. He re-
portedly asked a five-member com-
mittee to draft a proposal for an

Arab university, and the report
was recently turned over to the
education ministry.
The committee suggested that
the school be affiliated with a well
known university in Britain and
that it begin on a modest scale,
perhaps preparing students for
college entrance examinations at

Several Ministers Urging
West Bank Status Change
as Step Toward Autonomy

influential cabinet ministers are
urging their colleagues to seize the
opportunity provided by the Jor-
danian civil war last month to
alter the status of the West Bank.
They are pressing for elections
to be held in West Bank towns and
villages which, they believe, could
be the first steps toward local au-
tonomy for that occupied region.
Israelis who support such steps
claim that there is a growing po-
litical awareness, particularly
among West Bank youth, that is
bitterly opposed to King Hussein
and regards the Palestinian gueril=
las as ineffectual though it is
favorably disposed toward them.
They say the Jordanian civil
war hardened anti-Hussein senti-
ments on the West Bank because
of the slaughter of guerillas by
the king's troops.
At the same time, the West
Bankers feel they can no long-
er look for the political guidance
of the other Arab states, no-
tably Egypt, because they failed

and bow to establish limited self
government in the West Bank
and other occupied Arab terri-
The question has been on the
agenda for some time. Deputy
Premier Yigal Allon reportedly
favors local Arab autonomy on
the West Bank as the first step
toward the eventual establishment
of a Palestinian state which would
co-exist with Israel.
Defense hfmister Moshe Dayan
is reportedly opposed to the proj-
ect. He said in an interview last
week that two states in the region,.
one with its capital in Jerusalem
and the other in Amman. were
"quite enough."
Israeli ministers say t hat

West Bank elections, would be
on a small scale at first, limit-
ed to one or two towns. They
would be carried out in accord-
ance with Jordanian law, ex-
cept that women. would be al-
lowed to vote, something forbid-
den by the Jordanian legal code.
The last elections on the West
Bank were held in 1964. The only
Arabs who have voted since the
Six-Day War are those in East
Jerusalem which was annexed by
Israel. They were permitted to
vote in last year's municipal elec-
tions but not in Israel's national
Proponents of West Bank elec-
tions admit that they will be hard
to bring about. Israelis recognize
that any initiative on their part
would be regarded by the Arabs
to prevent the bloodshed in Jor-
as self-serving and would be boy-
cotted. The Israelis say the call
The death of President Nasser, for elections must come from the
who was popular among West West Bank Arabs themselves and
Bankers, has further increased, they believe the climate is now
their feeling of isolation and has ripe.
strengthened their determination
to solve their problems by them-
A special cabinet committee
headed by Premier Golda (Meir will
meet next week to decide whether

W eeping Over 'Judaea Weeping'

Jewish readers will not be too in the instance of the Masada
happy with "Judaea Weeping" by
stand against the Roman legions, -
Prof. George C. Brauer, Jr. (pub- Josephus' writings are among
lished by Crowell.) It's a serious
the most authoritative used.
work and is packed full of historical
The author also refers to the
data. Why, therefore, commence it archeological findings of prof.
with an explanation of the freedom Yigal Yadin in bringing the latter
enjoyed by Jews under Antiochus story up to date.
III that contains this sentence.
"They could follow the principle
of 'eye for eye, tooth for tooth,
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hand for hand, foot for foot' and
with purchase option
even 'life for life' " etc.?
Not only that: why does an emi-
by factory trained experts
nent historian (he teaches at the
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University of South Carolina) de-
scribe the abominable (to Jews)
Arch of Thus as "the noblest
monument left to us from imperial
And toward the end he has
- this to say: "Throughout Cho
known world Judaea came to be
called Palestine, in memory of
the Philistines who bad once pos-
sessed the coast; the implication
was that the province was not
really the land of the Jews." This
is right up the alley of the
present-day Arab terrorists who
seek Israel's destruction. How
does Prof. Brauer arrive at such
unprovable conclusions?
It's a pity that a volume based
on deep study and much research
should be marred by such com-
ments which could be interpreted
as having a measure of bias as its
Yet, there is much in the book
that has value. The description of
Herod's historic role is filled with
valuable information. Nero's atti-
tudes and actions, the Roman
cycles of treatment and mistreat-
ment of Jews, the rebellions —
these are covered in great measure.
In a sense, Josephus is a chief
authority on the data offered. As



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on the New Year.
We have labored together
in the building of a strong
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in our holiest traditions
and we solemnly invite
the wholehearted cooperation
of all Detroit Jews
in all our future labors.

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