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October 13, 1978 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1978-10-13

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Mixed-Up Colas and Other Things


(Copyright 1978, jta, Inc.)

The Shah of Iran, as
everyone knows, has been
having trouble lately. He is
seeking to modernize Iran
and a good many of her
people don't like it. They
don't want any of these new
-ideas, education, land re-
form and so on. Like the fel-
low who was in favor of capi-
tal punishment said,
"Hanging was good enough
for my ancestors, it is good
enough for me."
If people don't want to
improve, perhaps they
should be permitted their
choice, but at the same time,
we think they should know
what they are talking ab-
For instance, the other
day the press carried the
story that the Pepsi Cola Co.
in Iran was being attacked
as a "Zionist enterprise."
Now the fact is that
Pepsi Cola is not even
sold in Israel. Coca Cola
is sold there. And in-
terestingly enough too,
almost at the same time
that Pepsi was being at-
tacked as Zionist, the
papers reported that
Soviet President Leonid
Brezhnev in Moscow had
received and welcomed
the head of Pepsi Cola.
It is plain that the Mos-
lem critics of the Shah have
their colas mixed up.
There is a good deal of this
mixed up talking and think-
ing in a lot of things.
Take the Camp David
matter. All of us want to see
peace in the Middle East
and if it is needful for Israel
to make some sacrifice to
get peace, we can under-
stand, but at the same time,
we can't help thinking that
if the Arabs were really
clever they would think
What harm for instance
can a few Jewish
settlemetns in the Sinai
do to Egypt? The fact of
the matter Is that such
settlements may be a
kind of blood transfusion
that may likely invigo-
rate the whole area and
Will not affect the politi-
cal picture.
The only time the Sinai
wilderness has been prod-
uctive was when the Chil-
dren of Israel fleeing from
Egypt went there and dis-

Dig Uncovers
Double Wall

parallel city walls, each two
meters thick, apparently
surrounded the Israelite
settlement at Yocine'am in
the Western Jezreel Valley
2,800 years ago.
A 40-met& length of this
double fortification was one
of the most impressive finds
uncovered in the recently
concluded second season of
excavations conducted by
the Hebrew University In-
stitute of Archeology in
cooperation with the Israel
Exploration Society.

Repentance prolongs a
man's life.
— Talmud

covered manna and more
recently the children of Is :-
rael have found some oil
Indeed, in his heart, we
are sure, Egyptian
President Anwar Sadat is
aware of this and one of his
principal motives in his
peace effort is his hope of
strengthening Egypt eco-
nomically by bringing
Jewish business to Egypt.
* * *
The distinguished es-
sayist, Santayana, once said
that those who do not learn
from history are doomed to
repeat it. Alas, not too many
learn from history, al-
though it has so much to

For instance, some
three centuries back —
the year was 1640 — a
company of some 23 Jews
landed at a little village
called New Amsterdam.
A small number of
Dutchmen had settled
there and paid the In-
dians $24 for the land
which was called Man-
hattan. The governor of
this little settlement was
a Dutchman named Peter
When the 23 Jews ar-
rived, he didn't like it. He
wanted to keep the Jews
from settling. His reason
was — the one he gave to the

Dutch East India Co. — that
the Jews would likely be-
come a public charge. He
also said at the same time
that he didn't like the
Catholic and English
But the Jewish settle-,
ment in Manhattan was
allowed to remain even
though Pete didn't like it,
and thanks to these Jews
and the other settlers he
didn't like, this little place,
New Amsterdam, came • to
be probably the most impor-
tant city in the world. If the
settlement had been up-
rooted, perhaps Manhattan
today would still be worth
only $24.

Friday, October 13, 1978 • 11


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