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January 14, 1977 - Image 21

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-01-14

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Readers Forum

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Peace Movement Attacked .. .

The irresponsible, if not
treasonous, activities of
Matti Peled, former Is-
raeli general turned lec-
turer on Arabic studies
and militant propagan-
dist for the illusory "ob-
jectives" of the Israel
Council for . Israeli-
Palestinian Peace, must
'4.44 be exposed and re-
pudiated for what they
really are: misleading the
Jewish and general public
that Israel-Arab peace
may be achieved if Israel
will make "concessions"
to the Arabs (such as the
establishment of a Pales-
tinian state under the
aegis of the PLO) and en-
couraging Congress, the
State Department and
the Carter Administra-
tion to apply pressure on
Israel to make considera-
ble concessions which, in
the long run, will en-
danger Israel's security
and existence. •
Matti Peled and his
very few supporters in Is-
rael 'have their counter-
part in the U.S. in
"Breira," a small group of
Jewish-Americans who
advocate Arab "rightS"
and "national aspira-


tions" and negotiations of
"all territorial gains re-
sulting from the 1967
war" (they discount
Sadat's latest demand for
a complete, one-stage Is-
raeli withdrawal from all
territories before negoti-
ations and the inclusion
of PLO in the Geneva con-
This group includes Ar-
thur Waskow, Max Ticktin
(assistant national direc-
tor of Bnai Brith Hillel),
Robert Loeb (formerly
connected with the Com-
mittee on New Alterna-
tives in the Middle East, an
organization that was
listed Z s part of the Arab
lobby in the U.S.), Rabbi
Balfour Brickner, David
Tulin and Irving Howe.
The American Jewish
community, through its
responsible national and
local organizations
should disavoW and re-
pudiate the actions and
pronouncements of this
self-styled, publicity-
seeking "peace" group
which gives comfort and
political ammunition to
the enemies of Israel.
Louis Panush

Chairman, Public Affairs.

Editor, The Jewish News:
The letter from Ted
Mandell of the Zionist
Organization of America
concerning the Jewish
peace movement is, so fil-
led with inaccuracies and
distortions that I hardly
know where to begin to
Mandell charges that
Breira advocates that Is-
rael "should depend on
international guarantees
for its continued exis-
tence" and that
"Jerusalem should be in-
ternationalized under
the UN." Speaking as a
member of, though not a
spokesman for Breira, I
can only wonder what is
the- source of Mr. Man-
dell's information.
While the adoption of
formal regulations of
principle and policy await
the First National Con-
ference in Washington
next month, Breira has in
the past been very sym-
pathetic to the Manifesto
of the Israel Council for
Israeli-Palestine Peace.
For example, ctincern-
ing Jerusalem the man-
ifesto states," Jerusalem
is the eternal capital of Is-
rael" and must "remain
united under a common
municipal roof-
organization". While it

Friday, January 14, 1977 21

And Is Defended

does go on to state that due
to its religious signifi-
cance to the three - faiths,
"It deserves a special
status", nowhere is there
any mention of "inter-
nationalizing Jerusalem
under the UN" as charged.
Mr. Mandell goes on to
charge that the program
Breira advocates would
"dismantle Israel piece
by piece-without peace".
Just what is the program
to which he refers?
Basically, Breira advo-
cates territorial com-
promise in the occupied
territories and peace be,
tween the Israelis and
the Palestinians on the
principle of mutual rec-
ognition of ' national
rights, i.e. the right of the
Jews to the sovereign
Jewish state of Israel and
the Palestinians-- to a
Palestinian Arab state to
be established in addition
to Israel.
To charge thai this
would "dismantle" Israel
assumes that the West
Bank and Gaza are integ-
ral parts of Israel.
In any event the criti-
cism ignores the other
half of Breira's position—
that the Israeli com-
promises would be part of
an overall peace settle-
ment in which for the first



time the Arab states
would formally recognize
the sovereignty of the
Jews in Israel.

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Israel Day Ought to Be Joint Effort

Editor, The Jewish News:
It is incomprehensible
to me that two of the
major forces in the
Jewish community can-
not join efforts to help
create a community-wide
celebration for Israel In-
dependence Day.
At a time when the
Jewish Community
Center has opened a tre-
mendous facility and is
trying by every means

* * *

Jewish Resistance

available to encourage
people in this community
to use the facilities, that
they would refuse to join
with the Detroit Zionist
Federation in making
this annual occasion a
truly community wide
celebration, I find hard to
Now, when cooperation
in support of Israel is
needed more than ever, it
is shameful that self-
interest still takes prece-
Morris Cooper


Editor, The Jewish News
(Editor's Note: It is
Dr. Bruno Bettelheim's
bitterness over the fact totally unthinkable for
that Jews in concentra- community sponsored or-
tion camps did not resist ganizations to feel they are
sufficiently is ill founded above other organizations. -
and offensive to the Six To make Detroit a com-
Million victims who died pletely cohesive commu-
solely because they were nity, it would be wise for
all groups to cooperate
Didn't Dr. Bettelheim completely with one
hear about the cases in another.)
which hundreds of Jews
were slaughtered for one 'Aliya Equals
German? Didn't Dr. Bet-
teiheim hear about Shlikhim Quality'
Herschel Grynszpan and
the tragic "Kris- Ben Zion . Meiri, the com-
tallnacht" that followed ptroller of the World
when he killed Ernst Von Zionist Organization and
Rath? Didn't Dr. Bet- the Jewish Agency, de-
telheim hear about clared in an interview in
the Israeli newspaper,
The Jews resisted and Maar4v, that there is a
fought in the under- connection between the
ground as much as they quality of the agency rep-
humanly could — the resentatives and the
heros of the Warsaw small number of immig-
Ghetto will never be for- rants from the free coun-
Dr. Bettelheirn's argu-
He stressed that the
ment is not only ill representatives are not
founded, but also offen- capable of fulfilling their
sive and will be refuted by mission. The Jews of the
every survivor of the Diaspora do not trust
them and do not dev
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