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THE JEWISH NEWS

Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle carrmorP 4 vn mith issue of July 20, 1951

Membor American Association of English-Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Association, National Editorial Associa-
tion. Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing Co 17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite 665, Southfield, mien. 46075.
Second-Class Postage Paid at Southfield, Michigan and Additional Mailing Offices. Subscription $10 a year.

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Editor and Publisher

CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ

Business Manager

CHARLOTTE DUBIN

City Editor

DREW LIEBERWITZ

Advertising Manager

Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the first day of Av, 5734, the following scriptural selections will
be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portions, Num. 30:2-36:13, 28:9-15. Prophetical portion, Jeremiah
2:4-28, 3:4.

Candle lighting, Friday, July 19, 8:45 p.m.

VOL. LXV. No. 19

Page Four

July 19, 1974

Humanitarian Appeal Is Not Meddling

For the businessmen of this country a
trade deal with the Soviet Union is a matter
of trading, but for the 'protesters against in-
dignities and persecutions in Russia and those
desiring to leave the country, the sacred right
to change residence is a principle not to be
debated.
Official policies are aimed at granting the
USSR favored nation treatment as part of
the detente that is not as palatable as White
House and State Department would portray
the U.S.-USSR relationships. Not to be ig-
nored is the basic principle of justice as
interpreted in the United Nations Declaration
of Human Rights. The moment that is aban-
doned there may be no retracing of human-
itarian steps for generation's to come.
The evil spewed from Russia last week, in
the form of military aid offered to Lebanon
to foment increasing war against Israel added
evidence of a desire to inject encouragement
to hatred in the situation in that troubled area
of the world. Lebanon is striving to avert war.
If the Lebanese government could banish the
terrorists it would, and the basic threat to
security on Israel's border would end. But
Russia, unallied until now with Lebanon in
the Middle East struggle, apparently seeks
to enter it — with weapons Lebanon does not
ask for. There could no viler intention.
That's how the Russian Bear seeks to
make inroads into friendly areas, creating
havoc and spreading fears, while seeking
domination for the Kremlin.
The Russian lessons are not new. Under
the Czar it was necessary for this country to
abrogate an 80-year-old trade treaty in 1911
— because Russia would not honor the pass-
ports of American citizens who were born in
Russia. During the last world war the de-
mocracies were 'challenged to make some
gestures to rescue the many millions who
ultimately perished in the Nazi cauldron.
The failures of the past should 'be lessons
for a more humane future.
The situation involving the efforts of
Senator Henry M. Jackson and his many as-
sociates in the U.S. Senate to deny favored
treatment to Russia unless emigration rights
are respected occasionally appears to be de-

teriorating. This must be prevented.
The fact is that the President himself had
spoken in terms of rejecting protests that tend
to show interference in the internal affairs
of another nation. The moment such an ap-
proach is encouraged, mankind will be back
where it was in the late 1930s and in the
1940s. Then anything and everything ap-
proaching the Nazi tactics will be condonable.
The moment it is permitted to brand ap-
peals for justice, wherever it becomes neces-
sary to reject prejudices, as meddling, there
will be a turning back of the clock of progress
in civilized society.
That danger exists. It is misleading. If
tyranny, anywhere, becomes unprotestable,
then Frenchmen and Englishmen had no right
to make appeals in behalf of Sacco and Van-
zetti; then Americans could have been pre-
vented from expressing resentment in the
Affaire Dreyfus; then 'Canadians and Ameri-
cans and Englishmen should have been
hushed when they spoke out against the
Czarist scheme of charging an outrageous
blood Libel in the Mendel Beiliss Case.
It is because many in the democracies of
the world, including American officialdom,
failed to speak out against the Hitlerlite
crimes, in the very days when it had already
been revealed that mass extermination was
planned, that the Nazi crimes became pos-
sible. It is the repetition of injustice, even on
a much more minor scale than the Hitlerites',
that must be avoided.
Some 26,000,000 people perished at the
hands of the Nazis—including 6,000,000 Jews.
The horrors might have been averted had the
civilized world acted on time.
There are dissidents in the Soviet Union
who ask for the right to speak, to act, to
express themselves — and to emigrate. They
are rights to 'be supported by humanitarians
everywhere. A country that rejects such rights
has not earned favored nation privileges. Sen-
ator Jackson and his associates who reject the
requested special 'privileges must be fully
supported in their aims, and if the President
leans backward, we must urge him to
straighten up in defense of justice and hu-
manitarianism.

Defying InflatLon on Communal Fronts

Distressing figures revealing the infla-
tionary trends which are affecting mankind
are certain to have serious impacts on social
services and the philanthropies of many com-
munities.
Overseas agencies already suffered in the
past two years from the blows accorded the
American dollar in European countries. The
trend had serious repercussions in Israel.
Now, with the drastic increases in Israel's
taxation, with the drop in tourism and revo-
lutionary developments in import-export trad-
ing, the situation may become even more
serious with time.
There is little doubt that the worldwide
developments will cause 'havoc and the Jew-
ish communities throughout the world will
be confronted with even greater, challenges
than ever before.
While the American inflationary trend for
the year was on an 8 per cent level, Israel's
reportedly is 45 per cent. The people of that
nation's already seriously injured nation are
laboring under great stress. No matter how

'Collected Poems' Pays Tribute
to Isaac Rosenberg's Genius

Isaac Rosenberg was one of the great poets of this century.
He was an English Jew, and his Jewish works were an inspiration,
just as his poetry was universal and supreme.

He was 27 when he died in action in France, April, 1918, and by
that time he had 'already produced great works that drew widest
interest.
Fortunately, he is not forgotten. The• new Schocken volume, of
his "Collected Poems" serves as a new inspiration for lovers of good
literature.

Edited by Gordon Bottomley and Danys Harding, the volume is
prefaced by a tribute in which Siegfried Sasson applies to him the
terms "scriptural and spiritual." Sassoon further asserts that he
did not carve or chisel; he modeled words with fierce energy and
aspiration, finding ecstasy in form, dreaming in grandeurs of supreme
light and deep shadow; his poetic visions are mostly in somber colors
and looming sculptural masses molten and amply wrought."
One of his great works, "Moses: A Play, 1916," is such a masterful
creation that it serves as an undying tribute to a great master.
In this impressive book are included his poems: "Night and Day,
1912," "Youth, 1915," and his "Trench Poems, 1916-1918." Even in
the trenches he produces, among them "The Jew:

Moses, from whose loins I sprung,
Lit by a lamp in his blood
Ten immutable rules, a moon
For mutable lampless men
The blonde, the bronze, the ruddy,
With the same heaving blood,
Keep tide to the moon of Moses.
Then why do they sneer at me?

In this section are his "Lusitania" and "The Dying Soldier,"
among numerous other classics.

extensive foreign aid, the difficulties are great
There is "The Unicorn," another of his great works; and the
and the struggle for life there is grave. All
editors 'collected for these collected poems Rosenberg's unpublished
the help that can be given must therefore be work
of •1914-15; also his earlier poems of 1912, 1913 and 1915, and a
viewed as of the utmost necessity.
set of Fragments which include the following from "an earlier con-
Let it not be forgotten that Israel alone ception of 'Moses' ":
carries the military burden — with whatever MOSES. I feel inert, strange, a losing of myself,
A presence as though million years were forcing
aid comes from the United States. If not for
Into me.
I will light a fire.
the latter, the conditions might turn into trag-
(The angel appears out of the burning bush)
edy. But since the defensive means come from
I see no shape. I look for my own soul.
the Israelis themselves, the economic assist- MOSES.
Your fold is not a. butchery. Run, dog,
ance that is required to aid newcomers, the
I cannot bring the fold here — make them frisk.
Why do they cower so,
support to be given to the educational insti-
Huddled and bleating?
Vivid on their brains the tawny panther races.
tutions, must be increased by the Diaspora
Nothing . . . What can they mean?
communities, even if it is to 'be at a sacrifice.
Yesterday's same nibbled slopes,
The same sun's key to open same safe miles.
And if it is to be a •sacrifice to retain the
0, wooly white flocks,
I will allow your anguished self-conceit
existence of functioning agencies, then it is
And knowledge of your unique purpose here
To line man's belly inside and without,
equally important to emphasize that no matter
But what should stir it now?
how inflationary the dollar, it must be avail-
What secret terror, what instinct doth
Coax the safe hill to frighted meanings, and
able to our social service, educational, recrea-
Give such earnest cunning praises
To life by that deep terror?
tional and •health and welfare agencies. Life
goes on, 'even at great cost, and the commun-
A great and deserving tribute to a superb poet perpetuates the
ity structures must never suffer, even under works of a genius in these collected poems. They bless the memory
economically recessional strains.
of one of the great of this century.

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