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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-05-09

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2 Friday, May 9, 1980




Purely Commentary

Detroit News"Student? Hah!'
Calls the Bluff With Facts

From the earliest days of the barbarian terrorism per-
petrated in Iran with the incarceration of the Americans in
the U.S. embassy in Teheran, there were the revelations in
fact that the PLO as well as Soviet agents were responsible
for the revival of medievalism in modern times.
In its editorial "Students? Hah!," the Detroit News
called a spade a spade, presented the facts, called for aban-
donment of glorifying the terrorist gangsters as students.
The Detroit News editorial stated:
A large number of captors who hold the 50
American hostages in Tehran are not what they
say they area
The language of Iran is Farsi (Persian). Gun-
toting guards in khaki fatigues at the American
embassy speak Arabic. Although they call them-
selves students, it's unlikely they have ever seen a
Who are all those sinister-looking creeps?
In a recent MacNeil/Lehrer Report television
program, Arthur Meyerhoff, a petroleum con-
sultant with solid connections in the Middle East,
said "a large number of these so-called students
. . . are actually Syrian militants."
Three diverse intelligence sources in Washing-
ton confirm that statement and take it a step
The Syrian militants, these sources tell us, are
actually Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)
operatives, mainly from Damascus, who carry
Soviet-made weapons and are trained and other-
wise aided by the USSR.
The PLO people, capitalizing on Iran's up-
heaval, quickly joined the bizarre coalition of
Muslim fanatics and leftist radicals who are now
pitted against the political moderates.
Thus, there's a direct Soviet connection with,
and a direct Soviet responsibility for, the captiv-
ity of American diplomatic personnel. _
So please let's not have any more of this "milit-
ant" or "student" business. The jailers who man
the iron gates of the U.S. Embassy are, for the
most part, PLO terrorists who are being aided
and abetted by Russia.
It is important that these facts be known. It is also vital
to truth and the tackling of the many issues involving the
bestialities that are spreading because of the comfort often
given to would-be murderers that the truth be established.
Nevertheless, while acting on U.S. orders to veto a
dastardly resolution aimed against Israel at the UN Secu-
rity Council, U.S. chief delegate to the UN Donald
McHenry was somewhat apologetic. Why the apologies
when it is necessary to expose diplomatic crimes?

The Genius of Ernest Bloch:
Jewish Spirit in His Music,

Oh, Those Students! — The Hugely Tragic Joke Exposed
Editorially in the Detroit News . . . The Regrettable
Blunders in Black-Jewish Relations in the U.S.

scores like the "Three Jewish Poems,"
"Schelomo," "A Voice in the Wilderness" and the
"Sacred Service," where the Hebraic nationalism
was given free rein.
Was there a Jewish nationalist before Bloch?
Or, indeed, has there been one with his kind of
vision after him? Writers of a previous generation
used to,,refer to Bloch's Old Testament qualities,
and he did create a kind of biblical music that
nobody has ever even thought of duplicating. It is
interesting to note that even with his extensive
teaching and important pupils, Bloch never
created a school. None of his pupils wrote in his
Now could they have done so even had they
wanted to. For in Bloch's makeup was the sweep
of Jewish tradition with its individual melisma, its
chants and Orientalisms, its combination of
melancholy and wry humor, its evocation of
something so ancient it goes to the roots of his-
tory. He forged his own style. It was a free, rhap-
sodic style, in which the ancient elements were
expressed irk tonal language considered very ad-
vanced at the time.
That is why the anniversary of Bloch's birth retains
great interest in the composer. That is why the Jewish
celebrants of the anniversary rejoice when paying honor to
his name and the music he produced.

Illogical Injection of Bias
in Black-Jewish Relations

Yassar Askari, Syrian minister of foreign affairs and
director of the Arab Information Center, was quoted re-
cently, in an interview, with Thomas Morgan, published in
the Washington Post: "We are seeking support on the
Palestinian issue, we are orienting blacks objectively about
Arab life, and we are exploring those interests that we have
in common."
This is part of a campaign that must not be treated
lightly. Here is another example of what is occurring in this
respect: The April 5 issue of the Michigan Chronicle, the
important organ of the Detroit black community, an
excellently-edited newspaper whose editors have treated
the issues affecting relations with Israel with a great
measure of respect, reported:
Rev. Jesse Jackson called upon black and Arab
Americans to unite Friday (April 4) as he spoke
before a crowd of 600 from Detroit's Arab com-
munity gathered at Cobo Hall. He said that by
fighting for the Arabs, blacks are also fighting for
"We who have grown up under slavery and col-
onialism must be consistent in regards to human
rights to all people," he said, as he called for this
Rev. Jackson was speaking at a dinner spon-
sored by the United Holy Land Fund, a non-profit
organization created to aid people in the war-torn
region of the Middle East.
Rev. Jackson said he understood the plight of
the Arabs of the world. "As a black American, I
grew up on the West Bank, I have lived my life in
the refugee camp," he said.
He called upon the Arab community to form
alliances with black Americans. He said that
black Americans, as a group, can help lead Arab
Americans to freedom.
Regarding the Palestinian question, Rev.
Jackson said; "No one has the right to choose the
leadership of the Palestinian people but the
Palestinian people."

The 100th anniversary of the birth of Ernest Bloch is a
welcome occasion for music lovers to review his enormous
gifts to mankind. For the world Jewish community it is a
time to express gratitude for his Jewish devotions as he
expressed them in several of his noteworthy compositions.
In a special feature in the New York Times, Harold C.
Schonberg paid a glowing tribute-to Bloch who was born
&Lily 24, 1880, in Geneva. (He died in 1959.) Schonberg
points out that Bloch's "Schelomo" "will be around as long
as there are cellists to play it."
The NYTimes writer adds that "violinists still put
:Baal Shern' on their programs."
Bloch's "America" often graces many programs, and so
does his "Helvetia." Schonberg emphasizes Bloch's Jewish
role, stating:
Ernest Bloch did bring something new to music.
If nothing else, he was the first great Jewish
nationalist and most likely the only one of real
1000 King David captured the city and made it the
importance. He was a nationalist in the sense that
capital of his kingdom
Ives, Smetana, Mussorgsky were nationalists.
King Solomon built the First Temple
He did not have to quote Hebraic material; his
Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, captured
music was Hebraic. He did compose a great deal
the city, burnt the Temple, and exiled many of
of non-Hebraic works, but it is as a Jewish
its inhabitants to Babylon
nationalist that he will be remembered. He repre-
Dedication of the Second Temple
sented, he once wrote, "the Jewish soul, the com-
Antiochus desecrated the Second Temple
plex, glowing, agitated soul that I feel vibrating
167-141 Hasmonean revolt
through the Bible."
Herod's rule
Here is an additional Schonberg tribute to Bloch worth
quoting as an appreciation of Bloch's Jewish devotion:
It has been many years since "America" was
66-70 Revolt against the Romans
last played in New York, and the chances are that
Roman General Titus destroyed the city and
it will remain unplayed (though the curious can
burnt the Second Temple
consult the Vanguard recording conducted by
132-135 Jerusalem freed in the Bar-Kochba revolt
Emperor Hadrian destroyed Jerusalem, rebuilt
Works like this do not represent the real Bloch.
it as Aelia Capitolina, and forbade Jews to
"America" is sincere, it was written from the
enter it
heart, but it is a curiously childlike pastiche to
Emperor Julian permitted Jews to settle in the
come from a composer of Bloch's sophistication.
Much more representative and meaningful are
Persians, with the help of the Jews. captured

By Philip

There is something rather depressing in a column
by Aretha Watkins in the Michigan Chronicle, one of
the leading black newspapers in the country, under the
title, "History Repeating Itself?"
Her column suggests a rift between Israel Prime
Minister Menahem Begin and the U.S. ambassador to
the UN, Donald, McHenry. She wrote, quoting Karl
Evans, Washington correspondent for the St. Louis
Evans reported in a recent story that Begin has
an "intense dislike" of McHenry and called him
"arrogant" after the two met earlier this year.
What first drew Begin's ire was McHenry's re-
fusal to lay a wreath at the burial site of victims of
the German Holocaust during a visit to Israel
According to Evans, "McHenry reportedly e:
plained to Begin that he could not do so becaust
the gesture could hinder U.S. efforts to reach a
just and peaceful settlement of the Mideast crisis,
since it might be misinterpreted by Arabs and
Evans reports that covert maneuvering by Is-
raeli officials and lobbyists at the UN to have
McHenry removed from his post intensified when
the ambassador cast the U.S. vote against Israeli
settlement policy. Even though Secretary of State
Cyrus Vance took full responsibility for the "vot-
ing foul-up," Begin and other Israeli officials
blame McHenry for the alleged error, Evans said.
Asked to explain his actions, McHenry replied, "I
follow instructions to the letter," adding that his
instructions on the vote came directly from Vance
via a telephone call.
"Nevertheless, Israeli lobbyists have continued
their efforts to have the highly respected ambas-
sador suffer the same fate as his predecessor
(Young)," Evans reports.
There is something sinister in this. Jews did not
seek the resignation of Andrew Young. It came as a
result of his having betrayed a trust at the UN. Neither
Jews in the Diaspora nor the Israelis bear a grudge
against McHenry. He was rude to Begin on one occa-
sion. That did not last as an_ irritation.
The aim should be to cement- friendships, for
blacks and whites, blacks and Jews, to labor together
for the advancement of human dignity. Why do some
seek to destroy such much-needed friendships?

David Schwartz's Role as
Columnist, Humorist, Historian

David Schwartz will be missed in the Jewish press, and
tens of thousands of his readers will be deprived of his
humor and historical essays.
Long before he began to write his column for the
Jewish Telegraphic AgenCy, he gained recognition as an
authority on American historical data.
He qualified for the rabbinate, although he never com-
pleted his theological studies.
As a student of American Jewish history he excelled in
many respects and his readers in the English-Jewish press
were provided with many laughs upon reading the anec-
dotes with which he dotted his writings.
He will be miswl. in these columns and those of more
than three score other newspapers.
David Schwartz could share his humor with his tens of
thousands of admirers because he could laugh at his own
jokes. His several books provide a vast amount of Jewish
and American historical knowledge. His memory will re-
main in Jewish newspaper ranks where he was blessed and
where his memory will be blessed.

Important Dates in the History of Jerusalem

the city, and its government passed into the
hands of the Jews for three years


Caliph Omar Ibn al-Khattab captured the cit
and 70 Jewish families were permitted to settle
in a quarter adjoining the Western Wall
1099 Crusaders captured the city and destroyed its
'Jewish community
1187 Saladin,, Kurdish Sultan of Egypt and Syria, -
drove out the Crusaders
1259 Tartar invaders ransacked the city
1267 Nahmanides and his disciples- coming from
Spain laid the foundations for a newly or-
ganized Jewish community
1488 Rabbi Obadiah of Bertinoro settled in the city
centuries of rule (except for .a short Egyptian
1917 British army captured the city
1948 State of Israel declared
1948-49 War of Independence, and the division of
Jerusalem into Israeli and Jordanian sectors
1967 Re-unification of Jerusalem after the Six-Day

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