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April 16, 1971 - Image 33

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1971-04-16

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JDL's Rabbi Kahane Says He Doesn't Favor
Violence, but Finds It 'Necessary' at Times

By DAVID SACHS
Kahane expressed scorn of
European Jews who "hid under
Rabbi Meir Kahane, head of the
beds" during pogroms. "Behold,
Jewish Defense League, spoke at
these are the sons of the Macca-
Wayne State University Wednes-
bees!" he said, adding that those
day afternoon to about 250 students
who think it is a Jewish concept
and a handful of would-be heck-
to turn the other cheek "have
lers.
been reading the wrong Bible."
"Nobody stops me when I'm
He does not favor violence, Ka-
talking," he said. silencing pro-
Arab interruptions. Never losing hane claimed, but sometimes sees
the attention of his audience, Ka- it as necessary. Alluding to the
hane spOke and answered ques- Maccabees and the defenders of
tions for two hours on Soviet Masada, he said, "Violence is an
Jewry, Zionism, Jewish pride and integral part of Jewish history and
traditions."
violence.
Kahane referred to the bomb-
A frequent speaker on cam-
puses, Kahane was introduced by ings of Soviet buildings in the
Rabbi Max Kapustin, head of the U.S., allegedly by Jewish mili-
WSU Hillel Foundation. Rabbi tants, and condemned "Uncle
Kapustin said that Kahane should Jakes" who abhorred the damage
be given a forum, whether or not "and told President. Nixon, 'We're
his views are supported by the good Jews; we don't do these
sponsors. Kahane said he was glad things.' Respectability," said Ka-
Hillel had made up its mind that hane, "is the last refuge of cowar-
"what happened in Brussels will dice.'
Kahane denied that militant tac-
not happen here."
The predominantly J e wish
audience was responsive to Ka-
hane, often applauding his state-
ments, while about 20 Arabs and
their supporters engaged in ver-
bal crossfire with Kahane during
HAROLD JOSEPHSON, manager
an orderly question period. Ka-
hane, in a calm, deliberate man- of the Union Central Life Insurance
ner, directed his talk at Jewish Detroit Agency, was presented with
the company's Central Region Tow-
pride and against New Left anti-
er Trophy, at the annual Presi-
Zionism, using a sprinkling of
dent's Club meeting at Mountain
Hebrew and New Left terms.
"Zionism," Kahane said, "is a Shadows, Scottsdale,
* Ariz.
national liberation movement as
The awareness of the Holocaust
good as or better than the Arabs'.
It is ours to be proud of. I came and its lessons for Jewish exis-
to Wayne State because it is no tence today were stressed in ad-
different than any other campus. dresses to campus student groups,
when it comes to Jewish students. faculty members and other educa-
I hope there is a resurgence of tors by KATRIEL KATZ, chair-
Jewish pride on this campus. man of the Yad Vashem, Martyrs
Pride as Jews, first. That's the and Heroes Remembrance Au-
wave of the future." thority in Jerusalem, on a lecture
Kahane said that the New Left tour throughout the U. S. Katz.
and Third World do not recognize q4.1.Xle.to,,New, York as guest of the
the rights of Jews to nationalism.. Aineri-can Feqeration of. Jewish-
We do not accept that." He said Fighters, cairipinniates and Nazi
that there are many former New victims and. addressed campus stu-
.under_
Leftists now in JDL ranks. - dent groups under.
the • auspices of
-
--Zionst,
i
Youth Foun-
The JDL leader blasted what the Am


.be called —50 -years-.of silence" by dation.
JeWish establishment_' groups on -
Congressman OGDEN R. REID
the issue of Soviet Jewry. He cr.ed-•
ited militant and violent•-tactics...of New York will receive the 1971
with putting the issue on page ! Freedom Cup. Award of the _We-
One. "I doubt that there is a men's League for Israel at its an-
farmer in Iowa who doesn't know nual - luncheon, at the Waldorf
about Soviet Jewry," he said. Astoria Hotel, New York, April
29.
Kahane said that many Jews
tell him they agree with the JDL's
Dr. ABRAHAM JOSHUA HES-
goals but not its tactics. He term-
ed it a failure of nonmilitant CHEL, professor of ethics and
American Jews when they could mysticism at the Jewish Theologi-
not force President Roosevelt to cal Seminary of America for over
bomb the railroads to Auschwitz. a quarter of a century. was named
He would haye liked to see 100,- as the recipient of the 1971 Award
000 Jews sitting down in Washing- for "Distinguished Service to Jew_
Ty" annually given by the National
ton until Roosevelt took action.
Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs,
it was announced by Morton Tab-
W. Germany Wants Arab as, national president. Presenta-
tion of the award will be made
Ties, but Not at Israel's
May 2, at the banquet opening the
Expense, Govt. Claims
five-day 42nd annual convention
BONN (JTA) — The West Ger- of the 375 Men's Club Federation
man government wants to improve at Grossinger's.
its relations with the Arab states
but will not do so at the expense
ROBERT BELSKY, of Holyoke,
of its relations with Israel, gov- Mass., ABRAHAM S. GUTER-
ernment spokesman Konrad Ahlers MAN of Mamaroneck and WOLF
said after a cabinet meeting.
REICHARD of Manhattan will be
"Normalization of our relations guests of honor at the Yeshiva Uni-
with all Arab states is in the in- versity Heritage Dinner April 25
terests of both sides, but we can- at the New York Hilton. At the
not accept any preconditions," he communitywide event in tribute
said. Ahlers was believed to be to the university's volunteer lead-
referring to a report that Egyptian ership the guests of honor will
Foreign Minister Mahmoud Riad receive Yeshiva University's high-
offered to resume diplomatic rela- est accolade for volunteer service.
tions with Bonn if West Germany It will be presented in recognition
opposed Israeli "aggression" and of their special achievements on
demanded the withdrawal of Is- behalf of educational, cultural and
raeli forces from the occupied communal causes.
territories.
Ahlers said Bonn's Middle East
Detroiters BARRY GARELICK
policy continued to he based on and RONALD D. BRASCH won
a solution derived from the Secu- $1,000 and $1,500, respectively, in
rity Council's Resolution 242. — We the annual Avery and July Hop-
believe in its two principles — that wood contest in creative writing
maintaining peace in that region at the University of Michigan.
be based on withdrawal from oc- Garelick wrote a short story and
cupied territories and the right of Brasch a poem for the competi-
all states to sovereignty and secu- tion, in which 29 students won
rity," he said.
awards.

People
Make News

.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, April 16, 1971-33

I always think of nature as a
great spectacle, somewhat resem-
tics give the cause a bad image bling the opera.
and discounted the importance of
—Bernard De Fontenelle
public opinion and sympathy. "One
dead Jew and you'll get world
sympathy. Two dead Jews and
you'll get more sympathy. With
FASHION
6,000,000 you get Willie Brandt
FIRSTS
to kneel at the Warsaw Ghetto
monument." Kahne said that em-
suburban
phasis should not be on Kadish,
eulogies. Yiskor, or placks, but
on survival.
Kahane denied that his group is
anti-Black, saying that he opposes
only anti-Semitism such as that
expressed by the Black Panther
Party.
the ubiquitous
When asked about his views
on the war in Vietnam, Kahane
jacket dress
compared the present South
Vietnam to Poland in 1939. He
said that the Communists must
be stopped now, as the Nazi
A "go everywhere" dress
should have been in World War
for all your foshion
H.
functions for now through
Kahne, at age 38, will move to
summer. A fresh, new
explosion of prints you'll
Israel with his family in August,
love! Marti K has your
and will spend alternate months
favorite label too in
there and in the U.S. to head the
this great collection of
JDL. He calls Israel "the only one
Ann Fogerty, Relection,
place for a Jew to live."
Abe Schrader and
Application forms for the JDL
many others.
were distributed at the speech,
and Kahane said, "You'll be hear-
ing from the JDL in this city very
soon."
Kahane spoke at the University
of Michigan in Ann Arbor Wed-
nesday evening.
He is scheduled to address the
Toledo Jewish community April
28 at the Collingwood Avenue
Temple. His topic will be "The
Jewish Defense League — Heroes
or Hooligans?"

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