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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-03-14

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eaders Forum

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The writer's name will be withheld from publication upon
request. No unsigned letters will be published. Materials will
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Anti-Redgrave Tactics Issue

Editor, The Jewish NeWs:
The Jewish Community
Council sent a communica-
ti m n to its constituent
izations that it will
rotest the showing of

* * *

Activists Oppose

Editor, The Jewish News:
The Conference of Jewish
Activists urges all Jews and
Jewish organizations to op-
pose the broadcast of "Play-
ing For Time" on WJBK-
This broadcast, using
Vanessa Redgrave to por-
tray Fania Fenelon, a sur-
vivor of Nazi barbarianism,
is an insult and an outrage.
The selection of Redgrave
is more than a mere "act of
insensitivity, offensiveness
and bad taste" as described
by the Jewish Community
Council. Their description
demonstrates a total failure
to grasp the significance of
the Redgrave choice.
The choice of Redgrave
is a deliberate insult and
is contemptuous of the
most horrible experience
in human and Jewish his-
For her to play a Jewish
survivor of Nazism is
hypocrisy. It cheapens and
demeans the Fenelon ex-
perience. With her hatred of
Jewish nationality, Red-
grave mocks Jewish survi-
val, and we all know it.
She, in advocating
"Palestinian" claims to the
Land of Israel and in sup-
porting the savagery of the
PLO, is a racist denying the
existence of Jewish nation-
hood. She is the successor to
the Nazi philosophy of ex-
termination of the Jewish
body and soul, identity and
Toleration of her selec-
tion is to laugh at the
Jewish trauma.
To claim that this is a
matter of censorship and
the 1st Amendment is to
raise fake issues. Red-
grave is not losing her
freedom to attack Jews
or to applaude PLO bar-
barianism. Nor is it a
=stion of blacklisting
.e Jews are her victims,
not the other way around.
We reject the ghetto men-
4- y of Jewish organiza-
,s that grovel while
hesitatingly demure over
the selection of a PLO sup-
porter to portray a
Holocaust survivor.
We reject the ghetto men-
tality of Jewish organiza-
tions that hope that the pro-
gram will make the non-
Jew more sympathetic to
the supplicating Jew, thus
making the insult and out-
rage less burning and cut-
Michael Drissman,
Executive director,
Michigan branch,
Conference of Jewish

Vanessa Redgrave's film
"Playing for Time" on
Channel 2. This is in re-
sponse to our request to take
the lead in voicing the
Jewish community's feeling
about using Redgrave.
The letter also stated that
they do not want to
"blacklist" the actress or to
infringe on her artistic
rights; and it may be that
the film will do more good in
portraying the tragedy of
the Holocaust.
More likely, the JCC does
not want to make waves
with Channel 2 on which
they have their TV pro-
grams. Shame on them!
We decided to publish
our letter to Ch. 2's Bob
McBride as a public re-
lease and will send out
6,000 copies to all our
members in Michigan, to
Congressmen, Senators,
the state legislators, rab-
bis, Jewish organiza-
tions, academicians and
media. Our first effort
with the protest to CBS
brought in requests for
thougands of copies! -
We are not calling for a
boycott; we are asking that
Ch. 2 not show the film; and
let those who get our mail-
ing make their own decision
about viewing it.
Louis Panush
Zionist Organization
of Detroit

Boycott Bill
Is Urged in NY

The Jewish Community Re-
lations Council (JCRC) has
called upon the New York
State Legislature to
strengthen existing state
and federal legislation by
passing a law that would
forbid the state from doing
business with companies
which comply with the Arab
boycott. Such a bill was
passed by the New York
City Council last year.
JCRC officials said that
the measure has been sub-
mitted based upon the New
York City experience,
which would serve notice on
companies that would stand
to lose the considerable
state and city markets and
would underscore determi-
nation not to tolerate any
act of discrimination.

Medal Favored

The House last week ap-
proved a Congressional gold
medal for Nazi-hunter
Simon Wiesenthal in recog-
nition of his work in finding
escaped war criminals. The
vote in favor of the medal
was 289-38.
The bill was identical to
one passed by the Senate in
November and the legisla-
tion now goes to President
Carter for final approval.

Friday, March 14, 1980 21

Jakobovits NY Talk Canceled

spokesman for Shuva,
which identifies itself as the
North American Aliya
Movement, said that a
speaking engagement by
British Chief Rabbi Im-
manuel Jakobovits at the
Forest Hills Jewish Center
Sunday was canceled after
several groups protested to
the Queens congregation
against his appearance
Shifra Hoffman of Shuva
said that the Center gave
security Problems as the
reason for the cancellation.
Jakobovits came under
intense attack last month
for his strong criticism of Is-
rael government policies,
particularly the prolifera-
tion of Jewish settlements
in the occupied Arab ter-
ritories at a time when Is-
rael is negotiating with
Egypt and the U.S. over au-
tonomy in those territories.
He was particularly at-
tacked for his statement
that he did not rule out
the possibility of a Pales-
tinian state on the West
Bank and Gaza Strip and
that he would even allow
such a state to have its
capital in East

According to Hoffman,
individual members of the
Center's board were con-
tacted by representatives of
Shuva and of the Jewish
Identity Center, the Jewish
Defense League and the
"Committee for Settlements
in the Land of Israel," ob-
jecting to Kakobovits' ap-
In Baltimore on Tuesday,
police ejected two hecklers
at Jackobovits' speech at
Beth Jacob Congregation.
(Rabbi Jakobovits is
scheduled to speak at 7:30
p.m. Sunday at Cong.
Shaarey Zedek in South-
field. His topic is Who
Shall Live and Who Shall
Die — Biomedical Ethics
and the Jewish Tradition."
The lecture is open to the
public.) .

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U.S. Policy Drift
Worries Diplomat

(JTA) — An Israeli dip-
lomat said here Sunday,
The U.S. is inclined to take
too many risks at the ex-
pense of Israel." Ambas-
sador Shaamay Cahana,
deputy representative of Is-
rael to the United Nations,
referred to the Security
Council vote of March 1
condemning Israel's settle-
ments in the occupied ter-
ritories, which the U.S.
supported and President
Carter later disavowed.
The last test in the Secu-
rity Council was only a
symptom of Israel's difficult
political situation," Cahana
told an audience of 200 at
Temple Beth Abraham.
With respect to Carter's re-
nunciation of the vote, he
said, "We accept the posi-
tion of the President as the
last word . . . What is dis-
turbing is the drift of U.S.
policy. The 'U.S. is inclined
to take too many risks at the
expense of Israel."
Cahana said, "The Is-
rael government has a
sincere interest in a con-
tinuous and ongoing
cooperation with the U.S.
It would be a pity if, as a
result of the present ex-
perience, that our rela-
tions would be damaged
in any way. We are anx-
ious that good relations
continue and be inten-
sified as we approach a
critical moment in the
peace process."
"One of the problems a
sector of the American pub-
lic has is that it pays atten-
- tion to what happens in the
UN. The UN has become the
graveyard of many fine and
some not so fine resolutions
. . . Eventually, this resolu-
tion will be forgotten," he
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