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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-05-25

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24 Friday, May 25, 1919

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Klutznick to Speak at JNF Dinner Honoring Jackiers

Philip M. Klutznick,
president of the World
Jewish Congress, a former
president of the Interna-
Bnai Brith and a
former U.S. delegate to the
United Nations, will be the
guest speaker at the annual
dinner of the Jewish Na-
tional Fund, at Cong.
Shaarey Zedek, June 20.
Announcing Klutznick's
acceptance of the invitation,
made during his visit this
week for important activi-
ties in Israel, David

Holtzman, chairman of the
dinner, said that the world
Jewish leader's address
adds importance to the June
20 event at which a
Jerusalem Observation
Terrace is to be inaugurated
in honor of Edythe and
Joseph Jackier.
A Wall of Honor adja-
cent to the Observation
Tower will provide for
markers listing the
names of participants in
the project in honor of
Mr. and Mrs. Jackier

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Dialogue With the World's Muslims
Is Advocated by Philip Klutznick

PHILIP M. KLUTZNICK

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Klutznick was general
chairman of the nationwide
1961 United Jewish Appeal.
He has served three U.S.
administrations. In 1957
President Eisenhower, re-
calling him to government
service after a nine-year ab-
sence, appointed him to the
U.S. delegation to the
United Nations 12th Gen-
eral Assembly, where his
work on the Sixth (Legal)
Committee drew warm
praise.
Klutznick was chosen in
1958 to be chairman of the
Presidents' Conference,
which coordinates the ac-
tions of 16 major American
Jewish organizations on
important issues. Known
for his leadership in Bnai.

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Advocacy of a dialogue with the Muslims, by Philip M. Klutznick, world Jewish leader,
attracted wide attention, as indicated in the following article published in the Christian
Science Monitor in April.

M.
KLuTzracs

By PHILIP

For too many people
"peace" is thought of as a
politicized term — some-
thing sought by politicians,
something achieved by dip-
lomacy.
Yet "peace" in its real
sense is the achievement of
a social and cultural state of
successful human interac-
tion. It is a concept rooted in
the traditions and values of
the world's great religions
and philosophies.
Nations and religious
groups within nations man-
ifest hostility and engage in
conflict when they feel
threatened, abused, or de-
prived. Yet too often these
time-bound perceptions
have proved historically in-
valid — the tears and mis-
ery all in vain. Too often we
look back with sorrow and
regret.
Jews and Muslims
have experienced a
peculiar form of es-
trangement throughout
most of this century. A
similar religious heri-
tage, the common
forefather Abraham, and
shared Semitic roots
have not overcome polit-
ical aspirations per-
ceived to be antagonistic.
The conflict that de-
veloped between Zionism
and Arab nationalism, and
then between Israel and the
Arab states, has permeated .
the entire framework of
Islamic-Jewish relations
worldwide. The schism has
taken on such absurd di-
mensions that leaders of the
Muslim Brotherhood in
Egypt — partly reacting
with emotional confusion to
the recent Egyptian-Israeli
treaty — have declared
"Muslims and Jews can
never coexist."
This is a doctrine of de-
spair and defeat. That we,
Muslims and Jews, together
with Christians, are all
"people of the book" has
been lost from their con-
sciousness.
The irony, of course, is
that religious extremists on
both sides are guided by
such warped interpreta-
tions of their own holy books
that they have turned the
humanistic teachings of
their spiritual heritage into
license for chauvinistic
zealotry and nihilism.
True Jewish tradition,
however, is replete with
expressions of human
brotherhood and social
tranquility. In the Gittin

Tractate of the Talmud
(61A) we are instructed
that "the Gentile poor are
to be supported together
with the Jewish poor,
and the Gentile sick vis-
ited together with the
Jewish sick, and the Gen-
tile dead buried with the
Jewish dead, in the inter-
ests of peace."
The era of intercultural
cross-fertilization in
medieval times produced
like-minded and com-
plementary religious and
intellectural work. Cooper-
ation between Islam and
Judaism was assumed.
Maimonides and Alfarabi
are often seen by Wester-
ners as part of the same tra-
dition.
And the great teacher
Rabbi Johan of Gerondi in
the Iggeret Teshuvah pro-
vided a vision quite relev-
ant to today's needs: "And
Jews must pick out select
men who will impose peace,
who will be able to run and
enforce peace among men,"
he taught, "And these select
men should be capable of
mollifying and conciliating
men and imposing peace."
President Sadat has
shown all of us, from what-
ever religious background,
what courage and vision can
mean when exerted on be-
half of political reconcilia-
tion and human welfare.
Prime Minister Menahem
Begin's forthcoming re-
sponse has demonstrated
that previously intractable
deadlocks can be overcome.
And President Carter has
exhibited the finest tradi-
tions of his faith in his de-
termined pursuit to steps
toward peace.
The political dialogue
between Israel and the
Arabs, now in embryo
and whatever its ade-
quacy in participation
and outlook, desperately
needs to be
supplemented by build-
ing modern-day intercul-
tural appreciation be-
tween Muslims and Jews.
By making such a plea I
do not intend to support this
or that concept of what is
required for "peace" in the
Middle East or this or that
strategy for achieving it.
Nor will I attempt here the
exceedingly important task
of defining the institutional
relationships that need to
be created to pursue this
goal of Muslim-Jewish
dialogue.
Rather, I simply mean to
suggest that Jews and Mus-

lims must now use their
best instincts to foster
mutual respect. From such
a beginning can flow under-
standing and acceptance.
Throughout the past de-
cade, the World Jewish
Congress has pursued a
stimulating and productive
dialogue with Christianity.
Working with the World
Council of Churches,
Jewish and Christian lead-
ers learned to understand
each other's fears and aspi-
rations, to respect each
other's moral values and to
appreciate the profound
linkages that exist between
them.
I led a delegation of two
dozen Jewish leaders in an
historic meeting with Pope
John Paul II — a meeting
which symbolized the new
relationship that has been
achieved through the joint
purposeful efforts of the
Vatican and the Jewish
community.
A dialogue between lead-
ers of Islam and leaders of
world Jewry should be an
urgent priority. We need to
re-create the bonds that
have existed before. And the
"comprehensive peace"
which politicians speak of
requires such a firm founda-
tion for its realization.

Italy Ties in
`Holocaust' to
Palestine Show

ROME (JTA) — The first
of eight installments of the
"Holocaust" TV series was
aired Tuesday night on Ch.
1 of the national television
network. On Ch. 2, im-
mediately following the end
of "Holocaust," a special re-
port went on, entitled
"Palestinians of the Dias-
pora" of the "Dossier"
documentary series.
Not only was the timing
less than coincidental, but
the regular announcement
of the evening programs
that precedes and follows
each telecast seemed to tie
the two programs together
by a reference to the Pales-
tinian people as "the new
Jews of history."
The documentary itself,
which consisted of a series of
interviews with Palesti-
nians in the U.S., Damas-
cus, Kuwait, Algeria and
Lebanon, including shots of
the refugee camp in Sabra,
was sprinkled with com-
ments meant to equate the
persecutions suffered by
Jews with the situation of
Palestinians today.

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