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January 30, 1976 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-01-30

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Cleaver Blasts UN Anti-Zionism Resolution

Editor's Note: This col-
umn was written by Eld-
ridge Cleaver from his
prison cell in California
and published in the Bos-
to ► Herald-American.
By ELDRIDGE CLEAVER
Two aspects of the recent
UN resolution labeling Zion-
ism as racist both shocked
and surprised me. Shocked
because, of all the people in
the world, the Jews have not
only suffered particularly
from racist persecution,
they have done more than
any other people in history
to expose and condemn rac-
ism. To condemn the Jewish
survival doctrine of Zionism
as racism is a travesty upon
the truth.
Secondly, I am surprised
that the Arabs would choose
to establish a precedent con-
demning racism because it
can so easily and righ-
teously be turned against
them. Having lived inti-
mately for several years
among the Arabs, I know
them to be among the most
racist people on earth. No
one knows this better than
black Africans living along
the edges of the Sahara.
Once while traveling
through Bamoko, Mali, a
cab driver flew into a rage
when we asked him to take
us to the Algerian Em-
bassy. When he learned
that we actually lived in
Algeria, he concluded that
we were crazy.
"Man," he said irritat-
edly, "don't you know that

the Arabs still have black
slaves?"
He was right, although I
didn't find out until later.
Many Arab families, that
can afford to, keep one or
two black slaves to do their
menial labor. Sometimes
they own an entire family.
I have seen such slaves with
my own eyes.
I have the deepest sympa-
thy for the Palestinian peo-
ple in their search for jus-
tice, but I see no net gain for
freedom and human dignity
in the world if power blocs,
because of their ability to
underwrite sagging econo-
mies for a season, are able
to ram through the UN reso-
lutions repugnant to human
reason and historical fact.
I believe that the time
has come to re-examine
the credentials of all the
members of the General
Assembly. Why should all
these little so-called coun-
tries with miniscule popu-
lations have a vote equal
in weight to that of the
United States? When such
votes are cast in the reck-
less manner of the anti-
Zionist resolution, it is
time to sit up and take
notice.
The so-called hardline
adopted at the UN by Am-
bassador Moynihan seems
too soft to me, and the sup-
port which he is getting in
certain political circles is
softer still. But the stakes in
the struggle in the interna-
tional arena are high.

The General Assembly is
no longer filled with Ma-
hatma Gandhis pleading the
case of the downtrodden, co-
lonized masses. It is now a
forum for crude, hired kill-
ers like Idi Amin Dada, the
hatchet man of Uganda.
It is not enough to criti-
cize the negative aspects of
the UN in print and fiery
speeches, and then lose the
crucial votes when the
chips are down.
Concrete steps must be
taken to render the UN
structurally incapable of

cynical manipulation by
hypocritical power bfocs
that devour freedom in the
name of a just cause and un-
dermine democratic princi-
ples with a reckless distor-
tion of the right to vote.

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Black-Jewish Coalition Urged

NEW YORK — A new
coalition of blacks and Jews
"is absolutely essential for
the well-being of both," ac-
cording to Bayard Rustin,
veteran civil rights leader
and founder of Black Amer-
icans to Support Israel
Committee (BASIC). He
predicted that there will be
a rebirth of the alliance.
Addressing a meeting of
the national fact-finding
committee of the Anti-Defa-
mation League of Bnai
'Brith, Rustin said blacks
"are being tremendously
hurt by the recession and
now realize that if anything
is to happen, there must be
coalitions."
He went on to say that
while it was "completely
appropriate" for Jews to
have "turned inward" in the
wake of the Arab-Israeli
Six-Day War, with current
developments at the United
Nations, "Jews ought to
realize that they profoundly
need friends wherever they
an find them."
BASIC, through litera-
ture, a speakers bureau
and trips to Israel, will
provide facts on Zionism
and the Middle East to the
black community in order
to correct what Rustin
called "erroneous no-
tions."
- He said the vast majority

We are not One other ex-
ample of the species
"nation"; we are the only ex-
ample of the species
"Israel."
—Martin Buber

of blacks do not have any
opinion on the Mideast situ-
ation because they are not
familiar with the facts.
Rustin described BASIC
as having had a "very good"
reception in the black com-
munity and said its mem-
bership is made up of black
leaders from all walks of
life.
"We support Israel," he
declared, "because Israel is
a democracy and because
the Jewish people have tra-
ditionally been helpful to us
in our struggle."

EEC Trade Accord
With African States

BRUSSELS (JTA) — The
European Economic Com-
munity is due to sign next
month preferential trade
agreements with three
North African countries —
Algeria, Morocco and Tuni-
sia.
These agreements include
industrial and agricultural
EEC concessions as well as
protocols on foreign work-
ers belonging to the three
states in Western Europe
and an accord on financial
cooperation.
The EEC has also granted
Algeria financial assistance
amounting to $140 million,
$25 million of which is an
outright gift. The EEC is
due to open negotiations
with Egypt this week and
with Jordan and Syria a few
days later. Israel's own
agreement with the EEC
has been enforced since last
July.

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