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December 21, 1979 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-12-21

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16 Friday, December 21, 1979

THE DETROIT JEW1S11 NEWS

More Violence Means Time for Moral Re-Education'

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By RABBI MARC H.
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(A Seven Arts Feature)

(Editor's note: Rabbi
Marc H. Tanenbaum is
national inter-religious
affairs director of the
American Jewish Com-
mittee.)

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A fanatic violence of Mos-
lem mobs against American
embassies and diplomatic
personnel has agitated the
attention of the world. It has
been met with virtually
universal outrage for such
destructive violence
threatens to undermine the
foundations of civilized
world order, raising the
specter of international
anarchy and chaos typical of
barbaric ages of the past.
While that melodramatic
violence is of a high decibel
magnitude it ought not to
obscure altogether the fact
that a great many Ameri-
cans are increasingly con-
cerned over the spread of an
epidemic of violence at our
own doorsteps.
Crosses have been burned
on the lawns of black people,
swastikas smeared on
synagogue walls, churches
and synagogues are being
vandalized, innocent people
are killed daily on our
streets. Recently, a

Brighton Beach synagogue
and its sacred Torah scrolls
were set on fire by an ar-
sonist, sending a psycholog-
ical shudder through the el-
derly Jewish congregants.

To their credit, Jewish
and Christian leaders
met a few weeks ago
to develop a joint
strategy with the police
department to counter
this savage vandalism
and crime. Congressman
Stephen Solarz has in-
troduced legislation that
would make the destruc-
tion of churches and
synagogues a federal
crime.

All that's very important,
but it does not touch the un-
derlying issue — how do we
contain the epidemic of vio-
lence and dehumanization

Militants Are Ending
Silence on Falashas

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Ethiopia, this matter has
become more difficult.
The leaders of the Ethio-
of pian community in Israel
Ethiopia lived well and complained that they were
safely under the rule of Em- regarded as second-rate
peror Haile Selassie. He Jews. Their activism had
thought of himself as a rela- had effects. Premier Begin
tive of the Jews through the announced that the gov-
line of the Queen of Sheba, ernment would appeal to
who came from Ethiopia to the Ethiopian government
admire the wisdom of King to concede to a humanita-
Solomon. During the new rian step and let Ethiopian
pro-Communist rule, how- Jews join their families in
ever, they were persecuted.
Israel. He also requested
Olim, from Ethiopia, that a delegation of Ameri-
have brought out horror can Jewry to be permitted to
stories. Thousands of black visit Ethiopia and examine
Jews — Falashas — have the situation on the spot.
disappeared. Whole
The chairman of the
families were murdered. Jewish Agency, Arye
Others were driven from
Dulzin, has received a
their homes or forced to delegation of Ethiopian
convert to Christianity.
Jews and heard horror
For many months cries of
reports about the situa-
help from the Falashas
tion of Ethiopian Jews.
reached Israel. There were The delegation implored
urgent appeals to the Israeli
Dulzin to do everything
government and the Jewish
in his power to save their
Agency, but because of cer-
brothers in Ethiopia.
tain reasons they were kept
There are difficulties in
silent. They tried to help
keeping contact with the
without publicity, but with- Falashas in Ethiopia since
out any result. A few
they are spread out in vil-
months ago Premier
lages all over the country.
Menahem Begin tried to Families of the Falashas
start a rescue action, but demonstrated in front of the
also without any progress.
Jewish Agency building in
Now the patience of the
Falashas in Israel has Jerusalem shouting, "We
come to an end. They ac- cannot keep silent any
cused the Israeli more. We have not achieved
authorities of waging a anything by silence. Our
children are serving in the
world-wide campaign for
the aliya of Russian Israeli Army. We are work-
Jews, from which the ing hard for our country.
greater part never Why don't you help and save
brothers in Ethiopia?"
reached Israel, whereas our Dulzin
met Premier
they do nothing to save
Begin to discuss a solution
the Falashas and help
for this delicate and difficult
them to come to Israel problem. It was decided to
and unite with their
approach countries who
families.
keep diplomatic relations
The Israel Foreign Minis-
try thought it would be able with Ethiopia to ask for help
to save the lives of approx-
to solve the problem dip-
imately 25,000 Jews in
lomatically, but this proved
to be a wrong policy. The Ethiopia by enabling them
and
Falashas in Israel demand a to emigrate to Israel
world-wide campaign to join their families.
save their brothers.
For a long time the rabbi-
The man who is so con-
nate did not consent to ac- scious of the rectitude of his
knowledge the Falashas as intentions as to be willing to
Jews. It has also not done open his bosom to the in-
enough to help them to emi- spection of the world, is in
grate to Israel. Now, when possession of one of the
there are no diplomatic re- strongest pillars of a de-
lations between Israel and cided character.

The Jewish News Special
Israel Correspondent
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and restore some conviction
that all human life is preci-
ous. That moral re-
education ultimately is as
critical to the future of
Brighton Beach as it is in
Iran.

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