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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-02-01

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Friday, Febraary 1, 1980

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Kennedy Seeks 'Unequivocal'
American Suport for Israel

NEW YORK (JTA) —
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-
Mass.) called for un-
equivocal American sup-
port for Israel and sharply
attacked the Carter Ad-
ministration's policies
toward the Soviet role in the
Middle East, the status of
Jerusalem and what he
called its "on again-off
again flirtation" with the
Palestine Liberation
Organization.
Addressing the Confer-
ence of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organ-
izations, Kennedy, who is
seeking the Democratic
Presidential nomination,
declared that U.S. support
for Israel rests not only on
"a moral imperative" but on
geo-political reasons and
vital American interests.
"Our alliance with Israel
is an alliance based on
common democratic ideals
and mutual benefit," he
said. "In the critical region
of the Eastern Mediterra-
nean and the Middle East,
Israel is a rock of strength
and stability and friend-
ship."
Kennedy, who was in-
terupted by applause
many times during his
30-minute speech to the
American Jewish lead-
ers, recalled the Oct. 1,
1977 U.S.-Soviet joint
communique calling for a
Geneva peace conference
to settle the Middle East
conflict.
"Although President Car-
ter's awakening to Mos-
cow's global designs is quite
recent, how could he have
thought even then that it
would be healthy and con-
structive to invite the
Soviets to play a role in the
peace process?" he asked.
"A Middle East peace is
the last thing Moscow
wants. Only the outcry in
Congress and Presidnet
Sadat's visit to Jerusalem
derailed the Administra-
tion's express to Geneva,"
Kennedy declared.
With respect to the Ad-
ministration's attitude
toward the PLO, the
Presidential aspirant
asked, "What lies behind
President Carter's on-
again-off-again flirtation
with the PLO? What lies
behind the support he has
received from Crown Prince
Fand (of Sandi Arabia) for
his re-election and behind
Arab expressions of ap-
proval for his pro-
Palestinian positions?"
Kennedy vowed that
"No member of a Ken-
nedy Administration will
ever negotiate or in any
way deal with represen-
tatives of the PLO com-
mitted to the destruction
of Israel."
He also criticized the Car-
ter Administration's "insis-
tence" on calling the Old
City of Jerusalem occupied
territory. He said he recog-
nized "The millenial Jewish
identification with the City
of David and I am commit-
ted to both an undivided
Jerusalem and an Israel
within secure, defensible
and recognized borders."

He said the Carter Ad-
ministration's inability "to
put together an effective
energy conservation pro-
gram and energy alterna-
tive program hurts Ameri-
ca and hurts Israel."
In that connection, he
said one measure is gasoline
rationing to reduce Ameri-
ca's dependence on Persian
Gulf oil.
In an address at
Georgetown University,
Kennedy launched a full
dress attack on aspects of
President Carter's
foreign policy, particu-
larly in the Middle East.
"Nations in the area must
be strengthened against
subversion from the PLO
and other Soviet surro-
gates," he said.
Meanwhile, Rabbi Ale-
xander Schindler said, in a
news conference in Wash-
ington Tuesday, that he
endorses the candidacy of
Sen. Kennedy for president.
"My support is personal,
not organizational," Schin-
dler, who is president of the
Union of American Hebrew
Congregations, said in a
prepared statement. He
said "Kennedy recognizes
Israel as a strategic asset to
our country and a strategic
ally, bound to use by mutu-
ality of national interest, no
less than of ideals, the very
cornerstone of our nation's
defense, in that critical
region."

British Racist
Quits His Party

LONDON (JTA) — John
Tyndall is resigning as
chairman of Britain's racist
National Front Movement,
which he has headed for the
past eight years. He was
ousted in a power struggle
which has shaken the party
ever since its abysmal show-
ing in last year's general
elections.
However, Tyndall, a
former member of the
British National Socialist
Movement which used to
wear Nazi uniforms in the
1950s, remains on the
Front's directorate and may
yet stage a comeback.
The Front. opposes black
immigration and Britain's
membership in. the Euro-
pean Economic Community
and is regarded by the
Board of Deputies of British
Jews as viciously anti-
Semitic.

The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

By RABBI
MARC TANENBAUM

(A Seven Arts Feature)

Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. was "one of the most re-
spected and trusted friends
of Israel and the Jewish
people in the 20th Century."
I made that observation in
my keynote address deliv-
ered from Dr. King's pulpit
in the Ebenezer Baptist
Church in Atlanta on Jan.
15th, the day marking his
51st birthday.
That was not just oratory,
but a conviction based on a

careful reading of all of Dr.
King's writings and on per-
sonal conversations with
him. The Revs. Jesse
Jackson, James Lowery of
SCLC, and others who lay
claim to the mantle of this
towering Prophet of Non-
Violence would do well to
read Dr. King's record of his
views about Israel, anti-
Semitism, the Nazi
Holocaust, and black-
Jewish relations.
They would be quickly
reminded, I am persuaded,
that Dr. King would have

German Prosecutor Asks
Jail Terms for Nazis

BONN (JTA) — Cologne
Public Prosecutor Johann
Cohnen last week de-
manded jail sentences for
three former Nazis charged
with complicity in the war-
time murder of thousands of
French Jews and Com-
munists.
He called for 12-year sen-
tences for Kurt Lischka, 70,
the gestapo chief in Nazi-
occupied Paris, and
Herbert-Martin Hagen, 66,
who was responsible to the
"Jewish Office" in Berlin,
both of whom Cohnen said
were actively involved in all
anti-Jewish measures in
France and in organizing
the mass deportations to
Auschwitz.
The prosecutor also called
for a five-year jail sentence
for Ernest Heinrichsohn,
59, now the mayor of a small
town in Bavaria, accused of
dealing with the elderly and
child deportees. Cohnen
said he was asking for a les-
ser sentence for Hein-
richsohn because during the
trial, which lasted several

Hungary Quotes
Nazi Hunter

BUDAPEST (JTA) — The
Hungarian paper, Magyar
Nemzet has published a de-
tailed interview with Simon
Wiesenthal, the first time in
recent years that an impor-
tant Hungarian paper
interviewed a prominent
Jewish personality living
abroad.

weeks, he had declared his

"moral guilt" over what had
occurred during the war al-
though he did not accept
legal guilt.
Cohnen, in demanding
the jail sentences, said all
three must have known the
fate awaiting French depor-
tees to Auschwitz and must
have known the meaning of
the official term "the final
solution to the Jewish prob-
lem."

PLO to Establish
Office in Greece

PARIS (JTA) — An
agreement in principle has
been reached between the
Palestine Liberation
Organization and the Greek
government to establish a
PLO office in Athens, ac-
cording to reports reaching
here. The announcement
was made Tuesday after
talks between Greek
Foreign Minister George
Rallis and the head of the
PLO's political department,
Farouk Kaddoumi.
Further statements by
the Greek government said
that although the exact na-
ture of the PLO office would
be worked out later, to de-
cide whether it will be a dip-
lomatic outpost or merely
an information bureau,
Greek support for the na-
tional aspirations of the
Palestinian people was in
line with policies based on
traditional Greek-Arab
friendship.

been unalterably opposed to
any efforts to baptize the
terrorist PLO as legitimate,
especially in light of the
PLO's central role in
Ayatollah Khomeini's vio-
lent revolution and the
PLO's rejoicing over the
Soviet Union's savage rape
of Afghanistan.

"Violence as a way of
achieving justice," Dr.
King stated in January
1963, "is both impractical
and immoral. It is im-
practical because it seeks
to annihilate the oppo-
nent rather than convert
him .... Non-violence
demands that the means
we use must be as pure as
the ends we seek. So I
have tried to make it
clear that it is wrong to
use immoral means to at-
tain moral ends."
Arafat's friends would be
truer to Dr. King's spirit if
they communicated to the
PLO chieftain this 1967
statement of the revered
civil rights leader: "Peace
for Israel means security,
and we must stand with all
our might to protect its
right to exist, its territorial
integrity. I see Israel, and
never hesitate saying it, as
one of the great outposts of
democracy in the world, and
a marvelous example of
what can be done, how des-
ert land can be transformed
into an oasis of brotherhood
and democracy."

How do the new-found
friends of Yasir Arafat
reconcile the Palestinian
Covenant with its dogmas of
the violent destruction of Is-
rael with Dr. King's moral
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Peres Defeats
Party Challenge

JERUSALEM (ZINS) —
Shimon Peres has appar-
ently defeated challenges
by Yitzhak Rabin and Yigal
Alon to his leadership of the
Labor Party.
The latest public opinion
polls show a continuing de-
cline in popularity of Likud
with the expectation that
Labor will win in the 1981
Knesset elections.
Premier Menahem Be-
gin's popularity dropped
from 30.8 percent in Oc-
tober to 28.7 percent this
month.

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