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THE JEWISH NEWS .5.

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Incorporating The Detroit Jewish Chronicle commencing with the issue of July 20, 1951

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Member American Association of English-Jewish Newspapers, Michigan Press Association,,National Editorial Association
Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing Co., 17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite 865, Southfield, Mich. 48075
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HEIDI PRESS
Associate News Editor
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Sabbath Scriptural Selections

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CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ
Business Manager

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ
Editor and Publisher

ALAN HITSKY
News Editor

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DREW LIEBERWITZ
Advertising Manager

This Sabbath, the 27th day of Au, 5740, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17. Prophetical portion, Isaiah 54:11-55:5.

Tuesday and Wednesday, Rosh Hodesh Elul, Numbers 28:9-15.

Candle lighting, Friday, Aug. 8, 8:24 p.m.

Page Four

VOL. LXXVII, No. 23

Friday, August 8, 1980

PRESIDENT-MAKING:, PHASE II

A second phase in the President-Making Process commences with the dramatic deliberations
awaiting the Democratic Party Convention at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The challenges may be the same, the personalities are different.
Now it is an incumbency that is challenged, and seriously affecting it are the same issues, the
same agonies, the social ills and the political aspirations.
Dramatizing the approaching events will be the personality contest. Influencing the motiva-
tions are the economic problems, the manner in which foreign policies have been pursued and the
accusations of betrayals and failures.
At the Detroit GOP sessions it was simpler for politicians. The main objectives were the
attacks, the challenges, the accusations of failures. The Democrats need defense. Therefore the
drama to be enacted is certain to be more tense, not as simple, undoubtedly being much more
difficult to reach agreement. -
There is a Presidency at stake and a President to be defended. Will party and its chief be able to
lend credence_to the economic needs that are affected by growing unemployment and industrial
bankruptcies, failure in dealing with foreign affairs, inability to assure freedom for hostages, an
ineptness in treating the fate of one of the nation's best friends in the Middle East, where Israel's
security remains in danger?
There is danger of a social and economic collapse, and the party presently in power, readying to
select a candidate for President, confronted with the candidacy of the incumbent, must offer
solutions. It must retain the confidence of the nation with a practical approach to all the issues at
hand.
The second phase in President-Making must be pursued with a sense of responsibility to the
people of this nation. There is need for a regaining of confidence in elected officials. Pledges, those
made to Israel are exemplary, must be honored.
The need for an idealism that restores the loyalties that spell patriotism, thus devoiding
anything that could spell `°Billygate-ism" must be, or should be, aspired to.
It is because of these emerging issues that the Democratic Party convention arouses so much
concern. It also entertains the hope that the desired dignity and respect for a great party will be
retained, with the blessings of a nation that aspires to and needs the comfort of dedication to the
highest goals of Americanism and humanism.

Jonathan David Publishers

`Junior Encyclopedia of Israel'
Marked by Its Thoroughness

Harriet Sirof, author of three novels for young people, who is now
working on a children's novel based on the Second Century Bar
Kokhba Revolt, has produced a much-needed encyclopedia for young
people of terms about Israel and her history, the Jewish state's back-
ground, the ancient historical records and other matters relating to
Israeli statehood.
In "The Junior Encyclopedia of Israel" (Jonathan David Pub-
lishers), Miss Sirof has compiled history and tradition, personalities
and geographical data.
Maintaining that this encyclopedia can be used with ease and
profitable results in search for information about the vast subject.
Miss Sirof points out that her aim was to keep the entries "simple and
concise." The reader soon learns that she attained this goal to such a
degree that this well-assembled work is as suitable for adults as it is
for children.
Adding to the texts themselves are the valuable photographs,
more than 200 of them, which were taken in Israel by the author's
"In the days that followed, I toured the West
Neil Tepper. The Hawaiian-based photographer photo-
Bank, talked extensively with partisans, in= collaborator,
graphed his themes in Israel in 1979. Some of the photos were
cluding Arabs, holding a variety of views.
supplied by Zionist and Israeli organizations and agencies.
"I still oppose Begin's 'declaratory' settle-
An effort to achieve thoroughness is evident in the cross refer-
ment policy. However, I am now convinced that ences which encourage complete knowledge of the subjects research-
ed: Antonia, Babylon, Biblical Zoo, David, Dome of the Rock, El Aqsa
nothing Israel does will cause the Arab world as
Mosque, Hadassah, Hasmoneans, Hebrew University, Holy Sepul-
a whole, or the world as represented in the
chre, Israel Museum, Jesus, Judah, Judean Hills, Knesset, Siloam,
United Nations, to accept the fact of Israel.
If the objection is not to the settlements, it's Six-Day War, Solomon, Tower of David, Western Wall, War of Inde-
pendence, and others.
going to be to Jerusalem.'
It is evident from these that the "See also . . ." references must
If not Jerusalem, it's going to be the occupa- inspire the reader to such intensive reading that nothing is left to the
tion of the Golan HeightS (from which Israeli imagination.
Since the themes dealt with in this encyclopedia deal not only
kibutzim were shelled for 20 years).
"If it isn't Golan, the drumbeat will concen- with the Jewish themes but also with the Christian and Moslem
trate on the 'racist' nature of the state (Zionism, terms, there is the added factor of a totality that is highly commenda-
which is the Israeli form of Americanism, has ble. Here is another example of the "See also . ." aid in the term
been declared by the United Nations General. Palestine: Canaan, Geography, Great Britain, Rome, Turkey.
- Describing the life and achievements of Theodor lierzl, there are
Assembly to be racism, a crime under existing added references to Bale Program, Mount Herzl, World Zionist
international law).
Organization, Zionism.
Perhap this is not at all a matter for won-
It is clear that the methods pursues by Miss Sirof assur€
thoroughness aimed at in this impressive encyclopedia. It would serve
derment or surprise. When the British were
as a guide for every classroom, properly applied it can be a textbook.
administering Palestine as a mandated terri-
An excellent purpose is served by it in providing means of acquiring
tory which was pledged to become the Jewish
National Home, those who sought to undermine knowledge about Israel, her current•status and history.

ANTI-SEMITICIZED MIDEAST

Morris Abram is a responsible American Jew
always been reckoned with. A
whose views
past president of the American Jewish Commit-
tee, a Georgian who was among Jimmy Carter's
chief backers for President in 1976, his record is
filled with references to responsible positions in
this country.
He was among the major participants in last
month's dialogue sponsored by the American
Jewish Congress in Jerusalem. He spoke out
against the extremists' settlement policies in
Israel. But he was not abusive, as some of the
signers of the peace statement were. He refused
to join the 56 American Jews who signed the
statement that drew resentment from Prime
Minister Menahem Begin.
He was critical of Menaham Begin, but not
insulting. He searched for a practical approach
to the issues.
Then he searched for facts and went to the
Arabs and to Jewish authorities to ascertain
realities. He described his findings in a letter
which was given impressive space in the New
York Times under the heading "Anti-Semitism,
the Principal Foe of Israel." In it he told of his
approach to the issues, his criticisms, and then
he related the following:
"I reserved and exercised the right, as an
American Jew, to speak out publicly against
those Israeli policies that go to the core of the
United States-Israeli alliance. This alliance I
termed 'transcendent matter,' and as such Is-
rael's actions should not necessarily be gov-
erned by its rights under international law but
by 'prudence.'
" To much is at stake,' I concluded, to be
squandered; too much is at stake to remain si-
lent.'

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the promise were motivated primarily by anti-
Semitism. In the United Nations, that which is
labeled anti-Zionism is in effect anti-Semitism.
Now we have the evidence of the spreading
anti-Semitism that is poisoning the atmosphere
in the Middle East.
These are the enemies Israel's friends and
world Jewry must contend with in the striving
for a free and secure Israel. The millenial ex-
periences which always resisted anti-Semitism
once again cry out with disgust whenever the
hatreds arise and defy them with courage to
their utter distrust.

The Sinai's Fascination

A year's living in the Negev and in the Sinai insp.' ired a very
fascinating account by Lesley Hazelton in "Where Mountains Roar: A
Personal Account From the Sinai and Negev Desert" (Holt, Rinehart
and Winston).
The ageless Sinai is depicted here with love and recognition of the
miraculous existence of the Sinai. Falling under the spell of the area's
beauty, Miss Hazelton passes on to her readers a story of charm. Her
book is a superb portrayal of an area sacred to all religions.
Bedouins and Israeli scientists pass in review under Miss Hazel-
ton's spell. That's what helps make "Where Mountains Roar" a great
book.

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