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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-05-23

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, May 23, 1980 7

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1980 Presidential Race Lacks
Excitement of Previous Elections

By DAVID SCHWARTZ

(Copyright 1980, JTA, Inc.)

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(Editor's note: This is
the last column David
Schwartz wrote for the
Jewish Telegraphic
Agency before he died on
April 29 at the age of 84.)
Despite the number of
people willing to be
President, the race for the
office seems to us a bit more
quiet than usual. In the
past, election years have
been more exciting.
The present election year
can't compare at all with the
ce that took place when
-yan ran against McKin-
Arde.y.
The eloquence of Bryan
enthralled the nation. It
was like a great show.
'Bryan was the Democratic
star. The Republicans had
the money but no orator to
compare with him and were
forced to hire hundreds of
minor orators to offset the
oratory of this one man.
And Franklin Delano
Roosevelt was no piker
either. During his cam-
paign, even the popular
song writers got busy.
"Happy Days are Here
Again," sang the F.D.R.
fans.
After Roosevelt, "Give
'em hell, Harry" Truman
stirred the country. The
current crop of candidates
do not seem able to stir up
the people as much.
Robert Strauss, manag-
ing the Carter campaign,
did inject a bit of heat in his
speech recently. He was ad-
dressing a JeWish group and
trying to explain the Carter
policy toward Israel.
Strauss, referring to the
State Department attitude,
said, "There are pro-Israel
people in the State Depart-
ment" but also he added
"some God-damn Arabists."
So finally we did get a little
heat. It was the kind of ex-

Smolar Award
Contest Opens

NEW YORK — Entries
are now being accepted for
the 1980 Smolar Awards for
Excellence in North Ameri-
can Jewish Journalism,
sponsored by the Council of
Jewish Federations.
The competition for 1980
will be organized around
four new categories: Public
affairs, human interest,
opinion and magazine writ-
ing.
The CJF Smolar Awards
recognize distinguished
achievements by journalists
whose work appears in
American and Canadian
newspapers and magazines
0° . Ai redominantly devoted to
"t he coverage of Jewish
communal affairs. The
awards were founded in
honor of Boris Smolar,
editor-in-chief emeritus of
ir
the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency.
. Award presentations will
be made at the CJF General
Assembly — the major con-
vocation of North American
Jewry — in Detroit, Nov.
12-16.

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pression Harry Truman
would like.
This is the first campaign
in which there has been talk
of a specific Jewish vote.
This is due, of course, to the
Middle East issue and the
United Nations.
The United Nations
organization doesn't
seem able to do anything
towards solving its own
problems. It hasn't been
able to do anything about
getting the American
hostages in Iran released,
but its action on Israel
may affect possibly the
American Presidential
elections.
I recall a similar incident
some years back. It was in
the northwest. I asked an
old timer about the pros-
pects of a certain candidate
for office. Well, he replied,
he has a chance now that
one of the newspapers noted
for its reactionary politics
had come out against him. A
lot of people would vote for
hirii because that paper was
against him.

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found.

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With time, things clear
up. The Ayatollah Kho-
meini, in his address on the
Moslem New Year, ex-
plained his philosophy. He
is against all intellectuals
and dissenters. He called in
his speech for a "revolution
in the universities" to purge
them of all professors who
have connections with the
West or the East. He doesn't
like them any more than he
likes the Shah.
Recently, Bantam Books
issued a paperback, "Say-
ings of the Ayatollah." Is-
lamic justice is simple, he
points out. A thief should
have his hand chopped off, a
murderer killed, an adul-
terous person flogged.
A Moslem judge, says
the Ayatollah, can dis-
pose of 20 cases in the
time a Western judge de-
cides one.

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The Chicago Tribune the
other day quoted Gen. Dan
Shomron who commanded
the Israeli hostage rescue
team in Entebbe as saying
on Israeli radio that the
American hostages in Iran
could easily be rescued, but
political considerations
prevented it. There is virtu-
ally no hostage situation,

Guide to Aid
Catholic Schools

NEW YORK — A cur-
riculum guide to help
Catholic parochial school
teachers provide "new
appreciation of Jews and
Judaism" has been pub-
lished jointly by the Na-
tional Conference of
Catholic Bishops and the'
Anti-Defamation League of
Bnai Brith.
The guide, titled "Ab-
raham, Our Father in
Faith," underscores the
pronouncements of Vatican
II that Catholics should
combat anti-Semitism and
engage in dialogue with
Jews.

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