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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-02-02

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2 Friday, February 2, 1919

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Purely Commentary

Israel Learns About the Enemy Within, the Fifth
Column in Student Ranks That Seeks Destruction
of the Jewish State ... Facts on Libyan Terrorism

By Philip
Slomovitz

Arab Fifth Col.umn, Now Operating in the Open, an Enemy Fight Unabated

It was destined to come, and whatever forms the Fifth Column in Israel may assume
the fact that it has demonstrated openly and therefore assumes the role of an enemy that
is visible should be considered preferable to hidden venom.
Of the 3,700,000 who populate Israel proper, not considered the territory occupied by
Israel in 1967, there are some 600,000 Arabs. They were considered and treated as
citizens equal with the Jews, except that they are not permitted to serve in Israel's
defense forces. Now there is an accumulating evidence that many of them are not that
loyal, that, blood being thicker than water and as thick as oil, there is an assertion of
loyalty to the PLO and to Israel's enemies in some Israeli-Arab quarters.
This has become especially demonstrative in the universities. Israel treats her
students well, and Arab students are not outcasts. But they have shown antagonism and
have created suspicion of being a threat to Israel's security, and in the past few days some
of them have openly advocated Israel's destruction on the campus of the Hebrew Univer-
sity.
There had been similar demonstrations at Haifa University and at the Technion.
Those who demonstrate hatefully have as their aim an enlisting of large student bodies to
revert to pre-Israel 1947 propagating that "a Zionist state" is to be rejected. Students at
the Hebrew University early this week declared that there is no room for Israel in the
Middle East.

Simply, what it means is that the young Arab intellectuals join with Israel's enemies
in declaring that while Arabs have 22 sovereign states Israel is not entitled to a home-
land and to restoration of statehood in its ancient territory.
What it means is that the Arab students in universities where they are provided
noteworthy hospitality are now emerging from a Fifth Column status — the Fifth
Column usually operating in the dark — into the open, calling for Israel's destruction.

Jews have had their experience with Fifth Columns. The Nazis operated in that
fashion in this country during World War II. israel's enemies have managed to invade
areas in the Jewish state which were considered well-protected, yet they were dynamited
and there are always casualties in this _war for survival.
Israel's Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan last week warned the Arabs within Israel nro-,_
to plot the destruction of the state that invites their loyalty. This applies to
students. The outside world, Jewry's Diaspora, all who are concerned with peace in
Middle East, must understand the newly developing menace for Israel within her own
ranks. If and when Israel exerts police and army strength to counteract such destructive
activities, the Israelis should be understood. They cannot tolerate a Fifth Column, and
when such a force emerges in the open it must be countermanded openly. The battle for
security for all Israelis continues unabated.

The Libyan Terror:
Mankind Its Victim

Allen Shoenfield: An Institution
in American Journalism

If there is the slightest doubt in anyone's mind that the
Libyan delegation visiting the United States must be vie-
wed as the spokesman for terror affecting the entire world,
perhaps the recorded facts will prove what is to be expected
from Qaddafi's representatives.

A man who loved to write on scientific subjects and
mastered them, who could define medical terms as well as a
practicing physician, did not have to be dry and mechani-
cally dull. Allen Shoenfield, veteran Detroit News reporter,
proved it as skillfully as he was accurate in scientific re-
porting.

Under the heading "Libyans Arm and Train World
Terrorists," the New York Times, in its issue of July 16,
1976, carried this story from London, by Bernard Wein-
traub:
A broad terrorist network, stretching from
the Middle East to Africa to Europe, is being
trained, armed and financed by Libya's presi-
dent, Col. Muammar el Qaddafi, in a zealous ad-
venture that started early in the 1970's and is de-
signed to unite Arab countries into a radical Is-
lamic union, according to diplomats in Europe,
the Middle East and the United States.
Although Col. Qaddafi seeks to crush Israel and
undermine, if not destroy, the leaderships of
countries such as Egypt, the Sudan, Tunisia, Jor-
dan, Lebanon and Morocco, the efforts of the 34-
year-old colonel reach far beyond the Arab world.
He has sent Soviet-made arms to the Irish Re-
publican Army in Northern Ireland, to Moslem
guerrillas in the Philippines and Thailand and to
rebels in Chad and Ethiopia, according to Euro-
pean sources.
Arab leaders, including President Anwar el
Sadat of Egypt, view Col. Qaddafi as an unpre-
dictable and volatile threat to Middle East stabil-
ity and a central figure underwriting the cam-
paign of hijackings and terrorism.
Moreover, according to diplomats, Sadat and
others are convinced that Col. Qaddafi is fueling
revolutionary groups for assault and assassina-
tion campaigns against Arab leaders and embas-
sies of countries seeking settlement with Israel.
Beyond this, Qaddafi, supported by a burgeon-
ing Soviet weapons arsenal and oil money, has
involved himself in some of the most publicized
terrorist attacks in recent years. Sources in Lon-
don said that the terrorists who murdered mem-
bers of the Israli team at the Olympic games in
Munich three years ago had been trained in
Libya, had their arms smuggled into Munich by
Libyan diplomatic couriers — a common means of
arms smuggling — and were later given large re-
wards by Col. Qaddafi.
It is known that a gang that included the ter-
rorist called "Carlos," took refuge in Libya de-
spite the death of a Libyan minister, last De-
cember after a raid on the Vienna headquarters of
the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Coun-
tries .. .
This is only part of the story that continued for another
couple of columns to indicate the extent of the terror under
Qaddafi's domination.
Resort by the delegation now in this country to the
nefarious fakes, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, was
added proof of the villainy of a delegation which might have
claimed American recognition under the guidance of Billy
Carter if the President had not declared that he is not his
brother's keeper. But when the brother becomes the
spokesman for terrorists, the White House might at least
have repudiated the hate that has become the formula for a
visiting delegation from abroad.
Whatever receptions were given representatives of
terrorism, stemming from Libya, in the Detroit mayor's
office, at a community college, at Wayne State University,
meant compromising with conscience, condoning inde-
ep.nov_and_calls for resentment and condemnation.

,

It was as editor of the Gargoyle that this contemporary
of his first came to know him. He fraternized with those of
us who were on the Michigan Daily staff and we knew that
in an adjoining office was an editor of another University of
Michigan periodical who was able to make the students
laugh. That was his achievement at an alma mater that
learned to appreciate the talents of a brilliant journalist.

How many remember or still have copies of the Gar-
goyle? It is now defunct, but Allen Shoenfield's contem-
poraries will not forget it and always remember its able
editor.

For the Detroit News he
was a blessing. He mastered
every subject on which he
was reporting and he was
understandably considered
an authority on science.

Allen courted the former
Kate Friedman from the
time he joined the Detroit
News staff in 1918 or 1919.
Kate was then the editor of
the now defunct (later
merged with us) Jewish
Chronicle. Jewish jour-
nalism was different at that
ALLEN SHOENFIELD
time. Then the English lan-
guage newspaper was the refined organ of the Reform
community. The others were the skeptical and the sensi-
tively suspicious. It took a few years to effect a change and
to make the English Jewish newspaper an organ for all.
Kate had one major dedication. Every Sunday morning she
attended Temple Beth El services in the old edifice on
Woodward near Brady, to listen to the Sunday morning
sermon by Rabbi Leo M. Franklin. She covered the sermons
as thoroughly as her husband-to-be later reported on sci-
ence. Those were the brief years when a Reform rabbi's
sermon was front page copy. But in her way Kate Friedman
also was an able society editor and that's what a Jewish
newspaper was at that time: a sociaLregister.
They fitted well, Kate and Allen, who were married
close to 57 years ago. They were kindred journalistic souls.

Allen Shoenfield's was a brilliant record in journalism.
That was his forte, but it did not mean that he was not
devoted to human causes. There were links with the Jewish
community and Kate takes pride in it. A contemporary
is not forgotten. Allen Shoenfield left the indelible mark
that makes him unforgettable.

Editdr's Wife Reprieved
as Super Bowl Ally of
Arthur Miller, I. B. Singer

Many homes needed two television sets on that excit-
ing afternoon of Sunday, Jan. 21. It was Super Bowl time
and the nation was sharply divided.
"Who are the Cowboys," asked the curious housewife.
And in many languages there were echoes: "Who are
the Steelers?"
Many preferred to watch the competing programs of
operatic music or Sixty Minutes' report on the neo-Nazis.
Before turning to the operatic, on another TV set, the
editor's wife was victorious: she was not alone in her naiv-

ete over the Pittsburgh-Dallas contest. There were others
in her corner, and they included the notables.
Remember Arthur Miller, the popular playwright,
who probably had no time for football when he was in Ann
Arbor? On the morning of the Super Bowl game in Miami,
the New York Times quoted Arthur Miller about the game
of the year:

What is Super Bowl Sunday? It sounds like a
religious holiday. I'll probably watch if I can re-
member when it is and if I'm near a TV. I might
have a--favorite if I knew who was playing. Who's
playing?
Of course, it can be explained: Arthur Miller was
given an attic room in a rooming house in Ann Arbor in
exchange for tendina the furnace. He must have been too
busy preparing
a the b drama "Death of a Salesman" to be
bothered with the University of Michigan games, and
Hurry-Up Yost probably was as little concerned with him
and his ilk as Miller was with the great point-a-minute
teams being trained by the famous coach.
The NYTimes had many comments on the important
game of that afternoon and the Nobel Prize Winner -Isaac
Bashevis Singer was not overlooked. Imagine the great
Yiddish writer being disturbed with the question.
Indeed, think of I. B. Singer suddenly being taken out
of the milieu of the Shtetl with the confrontation of tens of
thousands of spectators cheering two teams of 11 men each
fighting for_ a pigskin.
The Nobelist Singer gave his opinion:

Sports? The Super what? I didn't know there
was a Super Bowl. My dear friend, you're asking
the wrong person. I never heard of a Super Bowl
. . . Sunday will be like any other day, doing my
work.
Such were the non-commitments while the Republican
National Committee, in the process of deciding the meeting
place for the 1980 Republican National Convention, was
hurrying its decision in time to watch the important game
on TV.
These views now are as much history as is the Super
Bowl. The editor's wife is victorious. She gave as little hoot
for the game as did -Miller and Singer and many others.
But there was triumph for the sports-minded editor
when the wife, after the game, evinced a spark of concern
with the question: "Who won? What was the score?"
She was promptly reprieved. But Miller and his allies?
Singer while defending the ramparts of the shtetel? Have
they heard the echoes from Miami on that fateful afternoon
for the two championship-seeking teams? Will they alw
be the champions of the right to differ? Only the edi
wife was reprieved!

Nelson Rockefeller: Symbolizer
of Statesmanship and Human Dignity

In his four terms as chief executive of the Empire State
and later as Vice President, Nelson Rockefeller symbolized
good sense, human behavior and genuine statesmanship.
It must be remembered that he hailed from a family
that predominated in the oil industry. He was not affected
by it when he dealt with matters related to Israel, the
Zionist cause and the Jewish people.
He was a founder and chairman of the Non-Sectarian
Community Committee for the United Jewish Appeal of
Greater New York, and he assisted in the great human and
philanthropic effort with dignity and courage.
He dealt well with all elements in a population that
embraced all religious and nationality backgrounds. He
was a man of great charm and it was to be expected that the
major Jewish movements would play respect to his mem-
ory. This is now appreciably reflected also in this tribute to
one of the most eminent Americans of this century.

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