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March 31, 1972 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1972-03-31

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'Not Ftee - to. Desist'—AJC ommittee History.

of "Not Free to De-
','Not Free to Desist" by Dr. rived , s'trength from American The. author
Dr. Naomi' W. Cohen, is an
Naomi W. Cohen is a history of ideals, it helped sustain them. As sist,"
the American Jewish Committee, reformer, critic, pressure group, associate professor of history at
covering the years 1906-1966. or gadfly, the organization never Hunter College.
Published by the Jewish Pub.. ceased to remind the nation of its
lication society of America, this responsibilities to the cause of free,
volume reviews the important dom. At the .same -time, iheIghikt
events in which the AJC played mittee labored unceasinglY;10
a major role. It deals with the tend freedom's boundaries. l'heY.
anti-Semitic experiences, the reja.. who had staked their faith-milk&
tionships with Zionism, the even- promise of America and bad
tual adoption of a strong pre-Is- shared in the country's
became America's championi." .
rael stand-
Naturally, the personalities who One wonders whether JPS now
ea ers
amo ng e
under review — men like Louis American Jewish Congress and
Marshall, Cyrus Adler, the Sulz- Bnai Brith.


Souse of the issues are lightly
twitched upon, and on at least
one major American Jewish ex-
periesee—the Leo Frank Case
—there is just this brevity: "The
Committee skirted Issues affect-
ing individuals or limited num-
bers of Jews; in some cases it
sought to divest the issue of any
Jewish label. Accordingly,
though Louis Marshall served
as mussel for Leo Frank, the
Committee refused to• act offi-
cially, as an organization;-insist-
ing upon treating the case as
a travesty of justice, of concern
to all Americans irrespective of
religion." •
Committee-Ziont relationships
are outlined and the issues involv-
ing church-state conflicts, immigra-
tion restrictions, civil rights cam-
paigns and many more issues are
alluded to in order to provide an
understanding of the 60-year his-
tory of the AJCommittee.
"Not Free to Desist" must be
viewed as an organizational tribute
and should be judged strictly
.the purview of an intention to
outline an historic record of one
of American Jewry's major com-
munity groups. The author's tri-
bute to AJC is contained in these
concluding words:
"Although the Committee was
grounded philosophically in talmu-
dic precepts of communal respon-
sibility and patterned directly on
European Jewish models, its ideals
flourished because they were nur-
tured in an American matrix. To
fight bigotry and to defend human
freedoms, to uphold rational or-
der. due process of law, and in-
dividual merit were in the self-
interest of the group But they
were also the national ideals
stamped by the Enlighteument up-
on 18th Century America. Even
the Committee's foreign interests
—to protect the rights of Jews
abroad, to-find havens of refuge
for the persecuted — affirmed
the nation's role as the trustee
and exemplar of liberty for
the entire world. The American
Jewish Committee not only de-




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Student Strike

RAMAT-GAN — The senate of
Bar-Ban University has asked
deans to encourage dialogue be-
tween lecturers and students, with
the stipulation that decisions re-
garding all academic matters -re-
main strictly in the hard- of the
teaching staff.
Students at Bar-II• . recently
waged a 21/2-week str''-e to abolish
final BA examin in some
of the departrrto and gain re-
presentation on ...le senate.
The senate decided to invite two
students to take part in certain
senate meetings, as observers,
without voting rights and also
agreed to the introduction of a new
grading system, which will make
- grading consistent with that at
other universities.
Rector, Prof. Menachem Zvi
Kaddari, said many of the stu-
dents' demands were met. The
Students Union Council expressed
confidence in the rector and the


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