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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the sixth day of Elul, 5737, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9. Prophetical portion, Isaiah 51:12-52:12.
Candle lighting. Friday...kug. 19.'8:09 p.m.
VOL. LXXI, No. 24
Friday, August 19, 1977
Lunacy Menacing Human Rights
It is not in Argentina alone that Jews are
extermination camps were a myth."
threatened with anti-Semitism, that synagogues
That the dangers of a growing anti-Semitic
and cemeteries are desecrated and the lives of
movement - have become especially apparent
Jewish leaders are threatened.
was attended by anti-Semitic delegations from
Contrary to claims that bigotry is on the de-
35 countries including Germany, Britain, Flan-
cline, the World Jewish Congress contends, in a
ders, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Support was
statement that has been submitted to the Com-
also recieved from groups in Austria, France,
mission on Human Rights, in Geneva, that anti-
Spain, Italy, Holland, Norway, Argentina, Bo-
Semitism is on the increase.
livia, Chile, Uruguay, South Africa, Rhodesia,
The WJCongress statement on the question
New Zealand, and from Cuban, Hungarian and
was submitted in relation to the UN Commis-
Romanian exiles. It concluded with threatening
sion on Human Rights agenda item "Draft Dec-
resolutions which included one that asserted:
laration on the Elimination of All Forms of In-
"WE PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR THE WHITE
tolerance and of Discrimination Based on Reli-
RACE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND
NOT ONLY TO BE CLEARLY ANTI-JEWISH
gion and Belief." Providing evidence that such
BUT FIRST AND FOREMOST ANTI-JEW-
discrimination has been promulgated in five
countries on several continents, the WJCon-
The sponsor of that anti-Semitic gathering,
gress "Statement on the Revival of Anti-Semi-
the U.S. New Christian Crusade Church, in-
tism" tells of attacks on Jews and the desecra-
dicated their venomous purposes by describing
tions of schools, synagogues and cemeteries.
their assembly as "actually a worldwide Anti-
The expose declares that these incidents have
Jewish Congress...the first step in. 40 years of
been widespread in 1976, that there were bodily
right-wing organizations to form a united front
attacks on Jews.
The revealing document declares that the
rash of new anti-Semitic publications is reminis-
The accumulating factors in the threatening
cent of the Hitler era. It calls attention to the
of hatred include the circulation of the
appearance of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" in new
"Protocols of the Elders of Zion" in and by
translation in seven languages. The vilest of
Arab countries, the Soviet Union, Latin Amer-
the anti-Semitic forgeries, "The Protocols of
ica and other areas in the world.
the Elders of Zion," which have been branded
as complete fabrications in courts of law, are
Then there is the arrogant distortion of facts
being reprinted and have been circulated in
regarding the Holocaust which is creating sort
of a mania among bigots.
Pointing to the appearance of "a new form of
If ever there was need for vigilance, the
nefarious publications," the World Jewish Con-
WJCongress warnings apply to the present.
gress declares : "Not content with past ex- 'Once the germ of anti-Semitic poison begins to
cesses, recent pamphlets, brochures and books
spread it becomes menacing for the democrat-
have sought to cast doubt on the history of per-
ically-minded countries and the United States,
secution of Jews and the Holocaust. They deny
Great Britain, France and the Scandinavian
the existence of the campaign of total extermi-
lands will not be immune. The admonition to
nation of European Jewry, and assert that the
"beware" was never more timely. ,
Jerome Weidman's 'Temple'
Reissued as a Paperback
Jerome Weidman's "The Temple," an intriguing novel about 'a
young man who returns with a mysteriously-acquired fortune after
World War II in search of a scheme to inspire a new race of Jews
who would stamp out anti-Semitism and the memories of Buchen-
wald and Masada, has been reissued by Simon and Schuster as a 370-
page paperback. "The Temple" marks Weidman's 20th book.
"The Temple" is written in the recent mode:
fast-paced, a hint of sex here and there, and
much dialogue, and it is very hard to put
down. Its plot will remind the reader of vege-
table soup that may not have been fully sim-
mered, but the author has a lot -to say on a
wide range of Jewish themes.
A quick reading of "The Temple" is an enjoy-
able experience. However, the deeper Jewish
themes emerge at brief intervals from the
fast-paced, ever-changing plot. From the -hor-
rors of anti-Semitism, described at their worst
when a local bully burns a rabbi to death on
the day of Dave Dehn's Bar Mitzva in Albany,
JEROME WEIDMATito the problems of matching a young rabbi to
Dehn's new Westchester congregation, Weidman touches upon a num-
ber of American Jewish problems.
Intertwined with the hustle and bustle of the town, with its hidden
Jews, the violence and intrigues of anti-Semites and the growth of
the community, is the ever-present puzzle of David Dehn's sudden
wealth after the war.
Weidman's "The Temple" is thoroughly enjoyable fiction, but the
reader should give serious thought to the many Jewish aspects pre-
sented by the author in a story which could be construed as a micro-
cosm of post-World War II American Jewry.
Other popular works just reissued by Simon and Shuster include
two novels by Herbert Lieberman: "City of the Dead" and "Crawls-
The Menace of a Fifth Column
Vastly more distressing than the_ Carter-
Vance-Begin confrontation is the internal Is-
raeli issue involving the Arab residents, the
West Bank (Samaria and Judea Arabs) and the
uncertainties evident in the attitudes of Arabs
living within Israel as well as on her borders.
The Carter-Vance-Begin designation stems
from the unfortunate attitude of the media
whose .commenfators and news analysts have
fallen into a trap of misleading their readers
and listeners into believing that what is now
transpiring is ascribable to Menahem Begin
and that President Jimmy Carter and Secre-
tary of State Cyrus Vance are the saintly prop-
onents of a plan to solve the Middle East situa-
tion. All that is necessary, one would assume
in interpreting the views of the American lead-
ers, if for Israel to withdraw from adminis-
A meeting arranged by Israel Foreign Min-
ister Moshe Dayan for Secretary of State
Vance with Israeli Arab leaders, in the Dayan
home, revealed the most distressing factors in
the unfortunate situation—the role of Israeli
Arabs, of Arab mayors in the Judea-Samaria
region of the Jewish state.
Those who have indicated a readiness to coop-
erate loyally and honorably with Israel were
few in evidence at the session with Vance, and
the fear immediately arose over a possible
Fifth Column within Israel as well as on the
borders.When it is heard that Arabs respond
better to propaganda from the outside—and the
airways like everything else are kept free in Is-
rael even for the enemies—then the "blood is
thicker than water" warning becomes vital.
It is to the credit of Israel that there has
been little if any serious disturbance within Is-
rael, that Jews and Arabs live together in har-
mony. But there are the border incidents, the
frequent bombings, the antagonisms that are
heard, as at the Vance-Dayan-Arab dignitaries
meeting at the Dayan home. That Arab judges
and mayors who participated in a friendly ses-
sion should have been threatened with their
lives, many being frightened away form the ses-
sion, is cause for concern.
How is this to be resolved? When will Is-
rael's genuine humanitarianism be recognized
so that the Arab-Jewish friendships can be as-
sured in an atmosphere of peace and amity? It
must come from a cooperative spirit and that
very hope is being undermined by the enmities
that stem from Arab governments who are in a
fratricidal state of war among themselves and
are united only by the hatred for Israel..
Updated and Revised Bazak
1977-78 Guide to Israel
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the basics necessary for an understanding of the land, its climate, its
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tours covering the many areas and the routes that include the Tel
Aviv, Jerusalem Haifa, Beersheba, Galilee, Negev and other areas
that make it possible for the visitor to follow organized tours and
also, when preferred, to travel on his own with Bazak's covering the
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A newcomer to Israel thus is presented with all the tourist needs
and all the treasures of the reborn state, while the returnees are con-
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aspects as well as the defensive mechanisms.
Avraham Levi produced this informative volume, and high com-
mendations for it are offered in a foreword by Minister of Tourism