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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-11-25

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'THE JEWISH NEW 'S

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. 48075
Second-Class Postage Paid at Southfield, Michigan and Additional Mailing Offices. Subscription $12 a year.

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Editor and Publisher

DREW LIEBERWITZ

CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ

Advertising Manager

Business Manager

ALAN HITSKY, News Editor...HEIDI PRESS, Assistant News Editor

Sabbath Scriptural Selections

This Sabbath, the 16th day of Kislev, 5788, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Genesis 32:4-86:48. Prophetical portion, Hosea 11:7-12:12

Candle lighting, Friday, Nov. 25, 4:46 p.m.

VOL. LXXII, No. 12

Friday, November 25, 1977 -

Page Four

Christian Support for Israel

Menahem Begin is not alone in an adherence
to Prophecy when speaking of the just rights for
Israel and the fact that Israel's existence is
rooted in Scripture and in historic pledges for
redemption.
Two basic statements, published in recent
days, give emphasis to these views.
Evangelical Christians have spoken firmly in
defense of Israel's basiC rights.
They were followed in full-page advertise-
ments by the United Fundementalists, including
representatives of many church groups, who
leaned upon New Testament and Torah declara-
tions affirming Jewry's historic right to Israel.
In his address to the Egyptian people, wel-
coming President Anwar Sadat's desire to go to
Jerusalem for a confrontation with Israel at the
Knesset, Menahem Begin quoted similar recog-

nition of Israel's just rights to statehood from
the Koran.
The importance of Jerusalem as Israel's capi-
tal and of Israel as the rightful heritage of the
Jewish people will be the subject of an inter-
naitonal conference in Jerusalem, being con-
vened Jan. 31 Feb. 2 by the Interantional Con-
gress for the Peace of Jerusalem, under the
leadership of many eminent Christian leaders.
This is a compliation of evidence that Jews
are not alone in the battle for justice, that Israel
is not isolated from the interreligious commu-
nities in which all mankind has a share.
Such are the heartening factors in an other-
wise distressing atmosphere which all-too-
often is polluted by misrepresentations. Thanks
to the Christian communities, the air is being
cleared of bias.

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Interfaith Realism: Human Service

More than half a century of interfaith activi-
ties that began as a Good Will movement and
have embarced nearly all of the religious ele-
ments in the land have developed into activities
of so much promise that elimination of bigotries
is approaching more heartening realities.
There is little hope that all the human frailties
can be corrected by a movement striving to
cement the best of humanism and of good rela-
tions among peoples of differing beliefs. Yet,
what is evident in the tasks of the National Con-
ference of Christians and Jews, and the Detroit
arm of that movement, the Detroit Round
Table, provides new encouragement in the view
that with contacts and a way of reaching out
into the ocmmunity there is hope for the best
possible relations among the most contrasted of
factions in an American enviromment.
These encouragements have become espe-
cially vital in the past few years with the NCCJ
and the Detroit Round Table pursuing tasks that
may hitherto have aroused hesitations because
there are differences of view regarding certain
ideologies.
New NCCJ treatments of the Middle East
issues and of the need for proper handling of
basic proposals for peace in that area have been
in evidence under the leadership of National
NCCJ President David Hyatt. It is to the credit
of Dr. Hyatt that Holocaust studies and sym-
posia have aroused new concerns over the past
and the need for remembrance so that there
shall never again be a repetition of the crimes
of the Nazi era. These actions are reflected in
the work of the Detroit Round Table under the
leadership of Charles Benham, executive direc-
tor. Exemplary is the statement appearing in
the official bulletin of the Detroit Round Table
under the heading ."The Holocaust—Key Inter-
religious Issue," declaring:
"If we forget or hide our past, we are doomed
to repeat its tragedies. Thus, dialogue between
Christians and Jews must rest on a forthright
understanding of our history. And the history of

Christian-Jewish relations sometimes recounts
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a grim story.
"The Holocaust...If we do not remember the
genocide practiced on six million Jews during
World War II, we stand in danger—both Chris-
tians and Jews—of repeating our roles today or
in the future. We do not remember simply out of
a desire to feel remorse. We remember because
so many questions remain unanswered. Where
was the effective voice of the Churches and the
people? Where was the belief in Brotherhood
and love of neighbor?
"The National Conference of Christians and
Jews has been instrumental in arranging the
Annual Scholar's Conference on "The Church
Struggle and the Holocaust," held in New York.
NCCJ has also helped to convene the First
International Conference on the Holocaust, held
this year in Germany.
"Films, study guides and curriculum mate-
rials on the Holocaust are available through the
Round Table."
While recognition of the compelling need to
give emphasis to the Holocaust in an undeba-
,table matter, the emphasis given by the local as
well as national leaderships of the NCCJ gives
strength to the view that there will be no relent-
ing in giving emphasis to the revulsion all must
feel whenever there is a reminder of the terror
that had engulfed mankind under Hitlerism.
When the Detroit Round Table honors Eugene
A. Cafiero, president of Chrysler Corporation,
at the annual dinner, Dec. 7, there will be occa-
sion to give acclaim to an important cause that
does not ignore that facts of life and the need to
give emphasis to a past to be remembered with
revulsion.
The role of David Hyatt, who will be among
the eminent guests at the dinner, will gain new
recognition in the expected analyses of objec-
tives that are of immense importance in an age
in which people of all faiths must keep building
bridges linking them in friendship, creating an
understanding that will invalidate any attempt
to introduce prejudices in the Ameritan society.

Expert Documentation Reveals
Extent of Arab Boycott of Israel

Arab manipulations in a massive effort to destroy Israel are not
limited to the PLO. Perhaps the most extensive of the schemes is to
be found in the boycott of Israel which has grown immensely in the
last three years.
The extent of this economic campaign aimed at Israel's annihilation
is revealed in what is perhaps the best documented revelation of the
boycott aims, analyzed by two noted correspondefits, Walter Henry
Nelson and Terence Prittie, in their book "The Economic War Against
the Jews" (Random House).
From the title it becomes apparent that Israel is not the only target
of the Arab enemies. All Jews are included in the combined Arab
effort as enemies to be destroyed. Non-Jews who do business with
Israel or who express friendship for Israel are similarly listed in the
boycott, thus making the economic war a world problem and not only
an Israeli and a Jewish concern.
Going into all details of boycott maneuvers as well as the American
reaction and the legislation that was signed by President Carter pro-
hibiting the practice, the authors show that in 1974 the boycott list
consisted of 785 business firms. It had grown to 7,545 in 1975 and six
months later there were 25,000 on the blacklist.
The authors state that 90 percent of the American firms who were
threatened with the boycott yielded to the pressures by the Arabs.
The resistance to the Arab pressures also enlisted non:Jewish sup-
port. The rejection of Arab threats by Henry Ford II stands out among
the courageous acts against the Arab economic war on Israel, the
Jews and their friends.
The Coca-Cola incident is covered fully and the activities of Morris
Abram and Abraham Feinberg who dealt with the firm, the franchise
that was finally secured for Coca-Cola in Israel, are among- the
impressive revelations in a book filled with exciting episodes and fac-
tual data about one of the most dangerous movements that have ber
instituted against Israel.
There is an impressive concluding note to the revelations, with a
measure of hope for the future. The authors state:
• The U.S. government could prohibit American -banks and other
financial institutions from joining in international loans, etc., if other
banks have been excluded from such deals because of boycott pres-
sures or anti-Semitic discrimination.
• The U.S. government could encourage American banks to extend
capital and other forms of cooperation to those foreign countries and
companies that have taken a firm stand against the boycott.
In addition to governmental action, there is a case for wider civic
participation in this fight. It is manifestly not in the interest of Ameri-
can workers for European (or Japanese) companies to siphon off
Arab trade; American labor unions could therefore use their good
offices to drive this lesson home to foreign companies that export to
the United States.
• American longshoremen could decline to unload ships of foreign
lines that comply with Arab boycott rules and regulations, as well as
the products of foreign companies that have a record of boycott-com-
pliance and other discriminatory practices.
• Public opinion could be mobilized far more than it is today. Lists
of foreign companies that comply with the boycott could be widely
publicized; American workers and consumers could, for example, be
provided with periodic lists of imported products whose foreign manu-
facturers comply with the boycott and thereby endanger American
jobs.

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