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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-08-01

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Baseball's Rosen Inducted
Into Jewish Hall of Fame

LOS, ANGELES (JTA) —
Al Rosen, former star third
basement for the Cleveland
Indians, was inducted into
the Jewish Sports Hall of
Fame Sunday night in Be-
verly Hills by the general
manager of the Los Angeles
Dodgers, Al Campanis. The
induction took place at the
second annual dinner called
an "Evening of Jewish
Pridell" which was
attended by 400 people.
"At no time have I been so
deeply moved as I have been
this evening to be recog-
nized a Jew by Jews," said
Rosen who was president of
the New York Yankees
when they won their first
World Championship of the
seventies.
Ten other persons were
also inducted last night.
They are: Mel Allen,
Isaac Berger, Lillian
Barney
Copeland,
Marshall
Dreyfuss,
Eddie
Goldberg,
Gottlieb, Harry Litwack,
Ron Nix, Lon Myers, and
a special commemorative
was presented to Gretel
Bergmann, who was a
Jewish athlete in Nazi
Germany and was denied
a chance to participate in

the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
The Jewish Sports Hall of
Fame is a project of the
United States Committee
Sports for Israel, sponsors of
the U.S. team in Israel's
Maccabia Games.

I

By RABBI MARC H.
TANENBAUM

(A Seven Arts Feature)



Was it worth all the effort
to try to change the anti-
Semitic character of the
Oberammergau Passion
Play?
A series of recent de-
velopments both in Ger-
many and in the United
States argue that the effort
to revise the 1980 produc-
tion has in fact resulted in a
number on quite substan-
tial positive developments.
First, a survey of the West
German press, radio, and
TV just completed by the
American Jeivish Commit-
tee discloses that there has
been "a virtually unanim-
ous repudiation of the anti-
Jewish ideas and images in
the Oberammergau Passion
Play by the most influential
public opinion media in
Germany."
Thus, for example, the
influential "Sued-
deutsche Zeitung" of
Munich criticized "the
people of Oberammergau
for not wanting to under-
stand the charge of anti-
Semitism, else, they
might have learned what
the critics were trying to
do; not to accuse the vil-
lagers of anti-Semitism,
but to show how this and
other Passion Plays em-
body an old anti-Jewish
tradition within Chris-
tianity."
Literally dozens of arti-
cles and radio and TV dis-
cussions in this vein suggest
that a major educational
achievement in combatting
anti-Semitism has been
realized throughout Ger-
many.
Second, as far back as
January x980,' t ¢.'U,S
g # s A

Jack Kemp Criticizes Administration
on June 30 UN Security Council Vote

The Carter Administra-
tion's failure to veto the UN
Security Council motion on
June 30 condemning Is-
rael's Jerusalem policies
has been attacked in a Con-
speech by Rep.
Presidents Group gressional
Jack Kemp (R-N.Y.).
In a speech on July 1,
Favors Romania's
Kemp stated:
MFN Status
"I rise to protest the fail-
WASHINGTON — The ure of the Administration to
Conference of Presidents of veto the resolution on
Major American Jewish Jerusalem adopted yester-
Organizations has given a day by the UN Security
qualified endorsement to Council. This is but the
another one-year extension latest instance in which the
of most-favored-nation Administration has failed
(MFN) status for Romania to stand by Israel, failed to
and warned Bucharest that confront the drive to isolate
the emigration of Jews from Israel and failed to defend
that East European country our own national interests
would be closely monitored. and principles.
Jack J. Spitzer, president
"Abstention indicates a
of Bnai Brith International, neutral stance on an issue,
in testimony before the Se- but there is no way the
nate International Trade United States could be
Subcommittee on behalf of neutral about the resolution
the Presidents Conference, on Jerusalem. That pernici-
took the Romanian Gov- ous document asserts that
ernment to task, pointing actions taken by Israel to
out that there is a great dis- alter the status of
parity between the number Jerusalem are 'null and
of passports issued by the void,' and that Israel must
regime of President end its 'occupation' of Arab
Ceaucescu and the number territories 'including
of Jews actually leaving.
Jerusalem.'
"Does the Administra-
tion's decision to abstain
mean that it has no opin-
ion on the demand for the
redivision of Jerusalem?
Army Chaplain Corps in Is the Administration un-
Europe informed the AJC committed on the idea,
by letter that it was now expressed specifically by
extricating chapels and certain Mid-East leaders,
chaplains from selling tic- that Jews not be allowed
kets to the Passion Play" for in East Jerusalem? Is
all American military per- President Carter ambiva-
lent about whether Is-
sonnel in Europe.
And finally, a number of rael's stewardship of
major U.S. travel agents, Jerusalem — an era in
university alumni groups, which the religious rights
and churches are 'distribut- of all have been re-
ing widely our studies de- spected — is no better
tailing the anti-Jewish than the previous 19
themes in the Passion Play years of rule? From 1948
in order to immunize until 1967, officials con-
tourists against its prejudi- trolling Jerusalem or-
dered the demolition of
cial virus.
34 and 35 synagogues,
and the opening of open
Israel Produces
sewers on the site of the
Western Wall, and the
New Plastic
quarrying of Jewish
for Greenhouses gravestones.
TEL AVIV — A
"Those nations which
recently-developed trans- voted for yesterday's resolu-
parent unbreakable plastic tion said by their votes that
sheeting, produced in Israel a return to such a situation
for local and worldwide would not disturb them.
structural applications, has Behind the talk of interna-
been achieving interna- ional law was a chilling in-
tional recognition as an im- difference towards the yearS
portant aid for hothouse ag- of desecration, and an awe-
riculture.
some contempt for the im-
Said to offer energy sav- portance a unified
ings of 40 percent compared Jerusalem has for Israel
to glass and monolithic and the Jewish people. And
plastic-glazing because of on this, the Administration
inherent insulating qual- chose to be neutral.
"What we see is an emerg-
ities, the poligal product,
called Qualex and de- ing pattern of appeasement,
veloped by Q Co. in Tel in which an Administration
Aviv, has been used in intimidated by the specter
greenhouse construction in of the oil weapon chooses
acquiescence over the force-
South America.
ful defense of principle. Let
One of the foremost no one be deluded: this pat-
hothouse builders of the tern elicits escalating de-
United Kingdom, Guernsey mands, not moderation.
Greenhouses, it was re- Ambiguity invites exploita-
ported this week, has tion, not reasoning com-
selected Qualex sheeting for promise.
a major agricultural de-
"I am concerned that dur-
velopment scheme it is ing this year, we will see
. executing in Argentina.
more of this behavior. Al-
. .
. . .
e t

Changes Produce Positive
Reaction at Passion Play

Friday, August 1, 1980 23

ready, we have witnessed
the Administration's deci-
sion to reward a recalcitrant
and uncooperative nation
with 100 advanced M-60A3
main battle tanks. Simi-
larly, the Administration
has moved towards selling
offensive sub-systems to
another nation for use on its
F-15s, sub-systems which
only two years ago the Ad-
ministration promised the
Congress it would not sell.
"Neither country
heeded our call to join
negotiations with Israel.
Both condemned the
Egypt-Israel peace
treaty, and broke rela-
tions with Egypt, and
joined a campaign to
boycott Egypt eco-
nomically and politically.
Both talk of tests of
America's relationship
with them, yet both have
failed tests which the
American people would
have expected any sup-
portive friend to meet
easily. Why can't we de-
mand reciprocity?
Mr. Speaker, the Ad-
ministration should be
aware that it cannot
stabilize an unstable Mid-
dle East, or blunt Soviet ad-
venturism, or compensate
for a weakened American
naval presence, or secure
steady oil supplies by
pressuring Israel or by cur-
rying favor with rejectionist
states.
"In today's situation, we
must identify our interests
and our friends, and defend
them. Our support for Israel
is seen throughout the
world as the litmus test of
America's commitments
abroad. We can abuse Israel

only at severe risk to the
peace process and to our
own reputation. We must
hold out the hand of friend-
ship to all, but not out of fear
and intimidation.

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NEW YORK — Frank
Reiss, a former Czechos-
lovakian government offi-
cial, has been appointed di-
rector of the European Af-
fairs Department of the
Anti-Defamation League of
Bnai Brith.
Yitzhak Navon is Israel's
fifth president.

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