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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-09-16

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12 Friday, September 16, 1977 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Readers Forum

Materials submitted to the Readers Forum must be brief. The
writer's name will be withheld from publication upon request.
No unsigned letters will be published. Materials will not be re-
turned unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is enclosed.

Blanchard Praised

Editor, The Jewish News:
I wish to thank Congress-
man James Blanchard for

his efforts on behalf of the
Karolis Kanopa family of
Vilnius. Lithuania. who
were recently granted per-
mission to emigrate to Is-
rael after five years of peti-
tioning the Soviet govern-
ment with no response.
Rep. Blanchard wrote to
the State Department, there-
by placing the previously
unknown family on the list
wishing to emigrate, and
also the Soviet Embassy on
the Kanopas' behalf.

Joan Brode

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The PLO Reminder of Munich
Anniversary Again Underscored

Editor. The Jewish News:
The statement of the PLO
Central Council pledging a
"continuation' . of the so
called "armed struggle"
and rejecting Security Coun-
cil Resolution 242 comes al-
most five years to the day
after the brutal murder of
Israel's athletes at the Mu-
- nich Olympic Games. They
have been five years in
which little has changed.
International terror
against civilians has not
ceased. The determination
of the Jewish people to
fight it and to stand firm
against all designs for the
erasure of their sovereign
and independent existence
has not diminished.
The massacre at Munich
in which the Arab world
cast a dark shadow over
the ancient spirit of the
Olympic tradition was not.
however. a single act of
mindless brutalization. As
part of a planned and syste-
matic campaign to bring a
country to its knees it was
only one link in a long
chain of genocidal acts—the
killing of 47 innocents in the
Swissair disaster, the mur-
der of 26 pilgrims at Lod
Airport. the gunning down -
of 24 children at Maalot-
more than a thousand acts.

Not only as a land and
not only as a territory has
Palestine been precious to
the Jewish heart. but
chiefly as the birthplace of
Judaism, the home of the
great molders of his faith
and the land from which is-
sued forth God's law and
God's truth.
—Israel Bettan

The lurid light of the
torch which the PLO lit at
Munich has not been
quenched. Rather has it
grown in intensity, rather
has it become a blinding
and clearly focused ray of
hatred and evil design.

Today the impact of that
design has taken on a new
and added force. We see it
not only in the cruel acts of
terror perpetrated. but in
the arrogance with which at-
tempted meditation is re-
jected as "American and Zi-
onist intrigue."
We see it in the perverted
use of terms which bestow
a form of satanic legality:
"Rights" "Homeland" "Re-
turn' . "Occupied Pales-
The Arab world. long daz-
zled by the mesmeric
powers of its own language
has now discovered the
power of the word in West-
ern Civilization. The emo-
tive terminology designed
to produce the sympathetic
reaction has now become
the new weapon of Arab in-

The one statement laying
down elements of a Middle
East settlement which still
stands firm before this on-
slaught, and which has
been generally accepted by
all the states party to the
conflict is. of course, Secu-
rity Council Resolution 242.
This resolution stands in di-
rect contradiction to all
that the PLO holds dear to
its bloody cause. It acknowl-
edges the Jewish right to
sovereignty and political in-
dependence, and the right
of all states in the area to
live at peace within secure
and recognized boundaries.

The statement of the Cen-
tral Council of Aug. 26 reaff-
irms PLO rejection of Secu-

rit . v Council Resolution 242
and rejects any attempt
"aimed at liquidating the
resolutions of the Palestine
National Council, – the
themes and programs of
which are enshrined in the
15-point program of March
1977 and the notorious Pales-
tine National Covenant.
These infamous documents
remain the "telltale heart"
of the organization.
Defying Israel's basic
right to self-determination
and statehood and seeking
to "purge the Zionist pres-
ence from Palestine" by a
continuation of the armed
Hardly was the ink dry
on the document when pow-
erful explosions rocked Je-
rusalem, Jaffa Gate and
the Arab market of Gaza se-
riously injuring an Arab
youth. Another 12 people
were injured when a bomb
blew up a bus in Afula. the
50th such incident this year.
Both in word and in deed
the ideology of the PLO is
utterly irreconcilable with
Security Council Resolution
242. Neither indeed, is the
existence of this bloody
band reconcilable with the
vision of a new Middle
East, at peace with itself
and with the world.
The legacy of Israel's lost
sportsmen whom we re-
member this week must not
be a continuing world pas-
sivity in the face of the out-
rage which the continued ex-
istence their murders repre-
Israel will never forget
the Munich Olympics. The
PLO gives her cause to
keep the memory alive.

Nahum Shamir
Consul General
of Israel,

Southfield Housing, Recall

Editor, The Jewish News:
Mrs. Ida Snider's letter of
Aug. 26 covers up some
very_ vital facts as regards
the Southfield Council and
their activities with regard
to senior citizen and low in-
come housing and the re-
It was not opposition to
senior citizen housing which
created the furor! There is
a crying need for many far-
reaching programs de-
signed to fit the needs of
the elderly, and every in-
telligent. thinking individ-
ual knows the need is great.
But low-income housing
designed for families with
children to be built in close
_proximity to McDonnel
Towers I and II is not the


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It is unthinkable to mix
such disparate age groups,
each with different needs.
This blend has been re-
jected by Sterling Heights,
Livonia, and Bloomfield, to
name a few. Many well-
known authorities in this
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- Mrs. Snider or her ghost
writer neglects to mention
that the Southfield Council,
without any input from its
citizens had put together
this unfortunate plan. The
Southfield _Planning Corn-

mission turned down the
When it was. however.
presented to Council for zon-
ing, the Council advised an
overflowing audience. that
the only item for discussion
was zoning—that was the
subject—nothing else!
Protest from the audience
was met with icy stares
and nothing anyone had to
say made the least differ-
ence. Council was asked re-
peatedly to place the item
on a referendum to the
people. but Council refused.

It is naive of Mrs. Snider
to assume that the recall is
solely a low-income housing
protest. The many Jewish
and non-Jewish people who
signed those recall petitions
did so because they are fed
up with the machinations of
the Southfield Council.

Many of these same
people voted the present
council into office and are
now exercising their per-
ogatives by signing the re-
Is it racist to protest the
ill-advised plans pushed by
council with such vehe-
mence and force in the face
of protest by black and
white, Jew and Gentile?

Maynard M. Feldman
William Hertz

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