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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-12-17

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THE JEWISH NEWS

Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with the issue of July .20, 1951

Member American Association of English-Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Association, National Editorial Association.
Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing Co., 17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite 865, Southfield, Mich. -18075.
Second-Class Postage Paid at Southfield, Michigan and Additional Mailing Offices. Subscription $10 a year.

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Editor and Publisher

CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ

DREW LIEBERWITZ

Business Manager

Advertising Manager

tlan Ilitsky, News Editor . . . Heidi Press, tssistont New, Editor

Sabbath Scriptural Selections

This Sabbath, the 26th day of Kislev, 5737, is the second day of Hanuka, and the following scriptural selections
will be read in our synagogues:

Pentateuchal portion, Genesis 37:1-40-23; Numbers 7:18-23.

Prophetical portion, Amos 2:6-3:8.

Hanuka Scriptural Selections
Sunday, Numbers 7:24-35; Monday, Numbers 7:30-41; Tuesday, Numbers 7:36-47; Wednesday, Rosh Hodesh
Trvet, Numbers 28:9-15; 7:42-47; Thursday, Numbers 7:48-53; Friday, Dec. 24, Numbers 7:45-8:4.

Candle lighting, Friday, Dec. 17, 4:44 p.m.

VOL. LXX, No. 15

Page Four

Friday, December 17, 1976

Road to Geneva Strewn With Venom

Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat
now is portrayed as the moderate, as the
amenable-to-peace Arab leader who is anx-
ious for renewed discussion about the Mid-
dle East situation, depending upon a return
to the Geneva talks that were interrupted in
1973. Other conditions in the Sadat program
have not been spoken about loudly enough.
They are a repetition of the demands —
sheer demands! — that Israel withdraws
from occupied territory, without signifying
a recognition of Israel's sovereignty and her
right to national existence; that East
Jerusalem be abandoned, that the estab-
lished settlements on the Jordanian border
be scrapped, etcetera, etcetera.
In the process of making the assertions
for peace, playing the role as the great as-
pirant for peace, the Israelis are again de-
picted as the warmongers, as the bellige-
rent, as the untrusting. Which raises the
question whether those who give currency
to the Arab posture for peace retain an ac-
knowledgement of a given certainty, that
Israel always is in danger of utter destruc-
tion unless she has assured borders, and
that unless Israel is strong enough to resist
the combined Arab threats there will re-
main the danger to her security regardless
even of signed treaties which become use-
less the moment the enemy gains the power
to crush the victims.
This is a corollary that needs substanti-
ation to support the suspicions of the flow of
assertions about Arab sanctimony for
peace. Footnotes to the glorification of the
Sadatian peace role are:
King Khalid has told a million Moslem
worshippers in Riyadh that Israel must be
driven out of Jerusalem. Does Sadat act, in
the long run, without Khalid, who is one of
his financial backers?

PLO spokesmen have not stopped
threatening Israel, maintaining that the
ultimate aim is the crushing of the Jewish
state. Meanwhile, Syrian President Hafez
Assad is doing business with Yasir Arafat.
Isn't this another tongue-in-cheek form of
diplomacy?
Although the Libyan leaders are. not
trusted by anyone, including the Arab com-
petitors for power, the threats stemming
from Muammar Qaddafi, as told to the
Italian newspaper La Stampa, are indicat-
ive:
"In my opinion, the reason that Arafat
and many Palestinians are today favorable
to the idea of a mini-state is explained by the
fact that they think it could bring about the
end, the destruction of Israel.
"An accord that would create two sepa-
rate states — one Palestinian, one Israeli —
between Jordan and the sea cannot have a
permanent character," Qaddafi said. "One
or the other of these two states would disap-
pear one day.
"My opinion, taking account of the
forces sustaining the Palestinians, is that it
will be Israel that is destroyed," he said.
"And for this reason Arafat and other Pal-
estinians accept the principle of a mini-
state_ " •
The villainy in the planning and prop-
agating for a return to the Geneva confer-
ence is explicitly marked by Arab aims to
include the PLO. This is a condition so unac-.
ceptable to Israel, and hopefully also to the
United States, that if another stalemate re-
sults from current talks it should not be
surprising to anyone.
Not to be forgotten is the role the Soviet
Union aspires to in a return to the Geneva
conference table.
There is venom on the road to Geneva.
This must not be overlooked or forgotten.

Resurging Nazism Demands Alertness

That Nazism is not dead was de-
monstrated anew at the Munich beer hall
rally at which the hunter of the Holocaust
criminals, Serge Klarsfeld, was beaten
when he protested against the repetition of
the Hitler-minded hatemongering.
There was a specific endorsement of
Nazism at the Munich meeting that marked
a repetition of Hitlerite propaganda in evi-
dence in the ranks of the bigots throughout
the world. The new form of anti-Semitism is
to deny that Six Million had died and to
admit to some 200,000 victims of the Nazis,
and even in that instance the 200,000 are
called political criminals upon whom justice
was meted by the German government.
These falsehoods have been heard in this
country and in England, as well as in Ger-
many and in France. While the Six Million
tragedy is often reduced to a figure like
5,500,000 or 5,600,000 officially admitted vic-
tims of Hitlerism, the terrible loss of lives
has never been a secret, and the figures are
from 'official quarters. The severest fact is
that in the Six Million figure are included a

million children. In spite of such horrors,
the haters of Jews keep repeating their lies
and their challengers are beaten!
There are serious responsibilities devolv-
ing upon local and national protective or-
ganizations to be on the alert and to keep
refuting the lies from Nazi quarters. The
fables are from Nazis, not neo-Nazis. Yet
our defense agencies are weak in tackling
the issue involved in the renewed spreading
of the anti-Semitic lies

.

Maccabean Valor Persists

Maccabean valor remains undimmed.
How else could a nation under stress, con-
stantly harassed, remain so dedicated to the
will to live? The enemy is still there, on the
borders and the shores of the 'embattled na-
tion, but the spirit of the Hasmoneans keeps
rising high, keeping the lights lit, insisting
that life is sacred and is therefore defensible
in the Maccabean tradition. This is the
courage inherent in the wish to all for a
Happy Hanuka.

'History of Jewish People'

Hebrew U. Scholars Produce
Harvard-Published History

Six Hebrew University (Jerusalem) scholars have combined
their labors to produce one of the most comprehensive Jewish
historical compilations. In "A History of the Jewish People"
(Harvard University Press), they have collected the basic re-
cords covering every aspect and every age of Jewish history.
Commencing and continuing with the religious, covering the
political and social aspects, they have drawn upon archeological
findings and have gone to the core of available details for com-
pleteness in their massive 1,200-page book.
Prof. Haim Hillel Ben-Sasson, the editor of this encyclopedic
history, had one of the six specific assignments and he dealt
with the history of the Jews in the Middle Ages. The other five
participants concerned themselves with the following eras in
Jewish history:

Dr. A. Malamut, professor of Bible history, "National
Origins."
Dr. A. Tadmor, professor of ancient Near Eastern studies,
"The First Commonwealth,
the Babylonian Exile and the Re-
.
turn to Zion."

Prof. M. Stern, "The Second Commonwealth," his specialty
in Jewish history studies.
Prof. S. Safrai, "Era of the Mishna."
Prof. S. Ettinger of the department of modern history, "The
Modern Period."

Thus, there is continuity in Jewish experience in the tasks
assumed by the scholars of the Hebrew University. While this
immense work is not a Heinrich Graetz or Shimon -Dubnow
product by a single author, the links between the periods in
history are firm and the authoritativeness of the historians is
.unquestionably firm in establishing a unit of purpose in the
evaluation of Jewish historic occurrences. Every aspect of
Jewish life is accounted for here and the events enumerated
affirm the completeness of a task that was pursued to cover all
of Jewish history while taking into account the ancient and the
modern, the global and the national and the events marked by
redeemed Jewish statehood 30 years ago.
There are 28 maps to supplement the gathered data and to
give the volume the significance of historic research, and the 48
pages of photographs illustrate the events and perpetuate
basic illustrations that are vital for an understanding of
that marked the experiences of the many eras under considera-
tion.
There is much value in the photographs because they in-
clude reproductions of cartoons relating to the Dreyfus Case
and the Rothschilds and there is a copy of a poster condemning
anti-Semitism in Russia.
Talmudic and mishnaic lore are gleaned from historic
sources to define the period dealing with the Talmud and the
Mishna and the earliest periods in Jewish history.
Hasidism and Zionism, the messianic and other movements
in Jewish life receive thorough analyses, and the most recent
discoveries, archeologically as well as in archives that had been
untouched before, give the new history an aspect of such com-
pleteness as had not been touched upon by earlier historians.

The new history is available until the end of this month at
$32.50 and thereafter at $40 a copy. It first appeared in Hebrew
and is now available from Harvard University Press in its En-
glish translation.

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