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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-04-16

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Boris Smolar's

'Between You
• • • and Me'

Editor-in-Chief
Emeritus, JTA
(Copyright 1976, JTA, Inc.)

JEWISH TAXES FOR UN: Jews in this country may
not know that they contribute $12 million a year,to the up-
keep of the United Nations and to its various programs.
This little-known fact is now evident from a report just
made public on the contributions which the United States
made last year to the United Nations.
The American contributions totaled $416 million. The
report points' out that this sum amounts to about two dol-
lars per capita — two dollars for each man, woman and
child. Jews numbering close to 6,000,000 people in the
United States are thus contributing — through federal
taxes — the sum of about $12 million annually to the UN
and its agencies. This is more than the participation in the
UN budget of some of the countries which constantly vote
against Israel.
The United States carries a major part of the financial
burden of the United Nations — last year its contribution
reached more than 27 percent of the total contributions
from all member states — yet its influence in the UN is
conspicuously declining. More and more the UN General
Assembly is being used as a form to vilify the U.S. More and
more the American delegation must use its veto right at the
Security Council to assert its stand.
U.S. PROFILE ON PLO: The admission of the Pales-
tine Liberation Organization to the session of the Security
Council last month is considered a victory by the Arabs, but
it served to reduce even lower the prestige of the United
Nations among the American people.
A poll conducted recently among the Americans in all
spheres of life about their sentiments with regard- to the
PLO established that more than 50 percent of the popula-
tion in this country have heard of the PLO and that 73 per-
cent of them consider the PLO a body of terrorists. More
than 79 percent considered the PLO members as being anti-
U.S.; 76 percent consider them "undemocratic"; 60 percent
expressed the belief that "people will not be able to get
along with them." Among the black population 79 percent
consider them anti-U.S.
A readjustment of the U.S. policy in the UN is now -
especially demanded by a prestigious group of scholors pro-
fessionally concerned with international affairs, former
U.S. delegates to the UN and leaders of non-governmental
organizations. The group has submitted its views to the
State Department and to the Senate and the House Com-
mittees on International Relations. The group also plans to
meet with William Scranton, the new U.S. Ambassador to
the United Nations.
RECOMMENDATIONS ON UN: In its memoran-
dum to the State Department, the new group is urging a
"redefinition" of the U.S. relationship to the United Na-
tions. It does not recommend total withdrawal from or non-
participation in the UN system, but suggests that our gov-
ernment participate selectively. It also recommends a policy
of delaying payment of dues to UN agencies that persist on
discriminatory or other improper actions. It cites UNES-
CO's acts against Israel as one of such actions.
The 15-page document enumerates a lot of grievances
of general nature which have intensified American disen-
chantment with the UN and its agencies. They include the
extremist rhetoric over economic issues; the campaign to
delegitimatize Israel by branding Zionism as racism and
calling on states to desist from economic aid to Israel; the
failure to deal with international terrorism; the vilifying of
America from the UN forums; the votes against Guam
bases and for Puerto Rican independence; and the seating
of the PLO at the Security Council.
Its recommendations chart a path which could contrib-
ute much to preventing, or at least reducing, the gross
abuses in the UN system which have been increasingly visi-
ble during the last years.

Mexico Friendly Despite Principle

TEL • AVIV (ZINS) — Mexico, Arizona and Utah.
"Mexico cannot alter its po- On principle, Mexico cannot
3ition with respect to the justify any seizure by force
Palestinians; but Israel of the territory of others
would be well advised to ig- even where the circumst-
nore this point, because it ances are completely differ-
will not affect the tradi- ent.
tional friendly relations
On the other hand, Mex-
which exist between our two ico does not expect Israel to
countries." This statement commit national suicide in
was made by a ranking order to honor "Mexican
Mexican minister during principles," said the anony-
Israel Foreign Minister mous minister.
Yiga,1 Allon's latest visit to
Mexico.
He who hath compassion
According to this Mexican
official, his country's his- on his fellow-men, will re-
tory includes the U.S. sei- ceive compassion from God.
—Talmud
zure of California, New

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Hitler, Lindbergh Learned Prophecy's Not Profitable

BY DAVID SCHWARTZ

(Copyright 1976, JTA, Inc.)

A number of books have
appeared lately about
Charles A. Lindbergh, in-
cluding the diaries of his
wife, Anne Morrow.
Christopher Columbus
didn't get the ovation discov-
ering America that Lind-
bergh got when he crossed
the ocean by air. Others had
made the air trip, across the
ocean before Lindbergh, but
he was the first to do- a solo
flight.
It was a creditable feat
for which he merits praise,
but he did some things not
so creditable. In World War
II, he identified himself
with the Nazis. His wife sor-
rowfully admits that he was
used by the Nazis, but says
he personally had no anti-
Semitic feelings. Whether
he had or not, he helped the
anti-Semite side. He as-
sumed the role of a prophet
warning Americans that
they would not be able to
successfully fight against
the Nazis.
Perhaps if he had stud-
ied the Talmud, he would
not have made the mis-
take. There is a talmudic
saying that since the
destruction of the Temple,
prophecy was left to fools.
The papers report the
death of Field Marshal
Montgomery whose victory
at El Alamein in the Egyp-
tian desert proved Lind-
bergh wrong and gave Hit-
ler his first major setback.
No one would have pro-
phesized that the powerful
Hitler would get a setback
in this desert of all places.
Somehow now it just seems
the right place. It was not
very far from the place
where it was commanded:
"Thou Shalt not murder,"
the crime in which Hitler
excelled.
The Jewish settlement
in Israel — it was not yet a
state — had a part in the
victory. The Israeli Briga-
dier Kisch of the Allied
Engineering Corps ar-

ranged for a network of
pipes to bring water for
the British troops. Thirst
played an important part
in- the waterless desert
fighting. Many of the Ger-
man troops are said to
have gone mad drinking
salt water.
Hitler prophesied that the
Nazi order which he intro-
duced would last 1,000
years, but within a few
years, it was done for.
Moses is reckoned the
greatest of the prophets, but
he did not prophesize — not
in the ordinary sense of that
term. The Hebrew word
Navi, prophet in Hebrew,
means speaker.
Egypt was full of fortune
tellers, soothsayers of all
kinds. The Mosaic code was
stringently against them.

Man can't do a good job
even foretelling the
weather a few hours
ahead. We make too much
of the evil Hitler. He was
evil, of course, but above
all, he was stupid in think-
ing he could determine his-
tory a 1,000 years ahead. It
is important to make this
distinction. The troubles
of the world are due more
to stupidity than evil and
this idea that we can de-
termine the big future
ahead is one of the most
stupid. One can't deter-
mine the hour ahead.
Life, Emerson wrote, is a
series of surprises. We are
talking of American inde-
pendence. That was a sur-
prise. A fellow, Tom Paine,
is fired from his job in Eng-
land, comes to America and

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writes "Common Sense" and
everyone begins to think of
independence. America
might have remained an-
other Canada. "Every day,"
says the Midrash, "God
creates the world anew," so
who can foretell?

Israeli Tourists
Expected to Rise

TEL AVIV (ZINS) — Bar-
uch Lilo, deputy director of
El Al Israel Airlines, esti-
mated that the number of
Israelis traveling abroad
this year will increase de-
spite regulations limiting
foreign currency that an
Israeli can take abroad to
$450., and the heavy travel
tax on airline tickets. Last
year approximately 240,000
Israelis traveled abroad.

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