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November 18, 1977 - Image 28

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-11-18

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28 Friday, November 18, 1977 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

White House Gets Gift of JPS Book

gada and History: A Pan-
orama in Facsimile of Five
Centuries of the Printed

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Haggada" by Yosef Hayim
Yerushalmi has been
selected by members of the
American Booksellers Asso-
ciation Board of Directors
for presentation to the
White House Home Library.
The book was published by
teh Jewish Publicaiton
Society in 1975.
The ABA has presented
the nation with a gift of out-
standing books every four
years since 1930. The cur-
rent selection committee
has chosen 250 volumes con-
sidered to be representative
of some of the best books
published in the years 1974-

Author Meyer Levin Aiigered by 'Blockage' S of His Mail

NEW YORK—Declaring
he is being subjected to "lit-
erary terrorism. - author
Meyer Levin has requested
the State Department to
investigate a five-month
blockage of his mail to his
literary agent, Scott
The novelist, author of
"The Settlers" and "Com-
pulsion," does not consider
the postal service at fault,
but says he believes there
has been intervention by a
political anti-Zionist
In a letter to Secretary of
State Cyrus Vance he said
that during the recent

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human rights conference in
Belgrade the U.S. delega-
tion protested against the
blockage of mail to certain
East European authors. By
means of this news, Levin
said he got a clue to the
mysterious interference
with his letters to his agent,
mostly regarding his new
novel, "The Harvest,"
whose publication by Simon
and Schuster has been
delayed until February.
Levin, who divides his
time between Israel and the
United States, has for more
than 20 years been
embroiled with anti-Zionists
of the internationalist left.
An article entitled "The
Haunting of Meyer Levin,"
by Benno Varon, in Midst-
ream magazine, docu-
mented the novelist's diffi-
culties, but while previous
attacks made use of literary
denigration, the new tactic,
Levin says, is terroristic.
Most of the letters were
sent from Israel; they con-
cerned 'various projects,
such as the republication of
"The Harvest." The novels
represent 12 years of work

Histadrut Names
Meshel to Post;
Fights Ruin Parley

23rd convention of Histadrut
closed after three days of
acrimonious exchanges
between Labor Alignment
and Likud delegates at cul-
minated in fist-fights on the
floor as ushers tried to push
out unruly Likud
Yeruham Meshel was re-
elected to a second four-
year term as Secretary
General of the trade union
federation. he said that His-
tadrut was ready to nego-
tiate with the Likud govern-
ment on their outstanding
differences over its con-
troversial new economic
He demanded that
Finance Minister Simha
Ehrlich waive all pre-condi-
tions, chiefly his decision
that only wage-earners in
the lowest income brackets
would receive compensation
for the soaring living costs
resulting from the govern-
ment's measures. Meshel
said that Histadrut would be
ready to compromise and
would make no demands
that could not be modified.
A resolution adopted in
the closing hours stated,
however, that Histadrut
does not accept the new eco-
nomic program and empo-
wers its newly elected 180-
member executive to
demand compensation for
all workers.

The Rumor Mill

NEW YORK — Daily
News columnist Liz Smith
reports two rumors: Israel
may end its dependency on
imported oil by using liquid
hydrogen produced in mas-
sive solar energy plants;
Israel, Egypt, Jordan and
Saudi Arabia have set up a
civilian-based, anti-terrorist
intelligence group.


and are considered by the
author, now 72, to be his
"When I received no
replies to my letters, I sim-
ply thought the questions I
raised had been dealt with,"
Levin said. "As more let-
ters remained unanswered I

thought the mails were at
fault. Finally, I considered I
would straighten matters
out when I reached New
Levin dislikes tele-
phoning, and even in New
York, three letters to Scott
Meredith went unanswered.
When the author finally gch,
in touch with him, the agent
was astonished. Nothing had
reached him in five months.
After investigating the
matter with the r -.
authorities and in
office, Meredith told Levi;',_
that the stoppage remained
a complete mystery. About
the same time, a news
report about similar mail -
blockage in Eastern Europe
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appeared. • Convinced that,
political motivation is
involved, Levin has asked
Secretary Vance for an "in
depth" investigation.
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