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October 10, 1980 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-10-10

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22 Friday, October 10, 1980

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By

SAM FIELD
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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Campaign 1980: Where Have All the Issues Gone?

By MURRAY ZUCKOFF

NEW YORK (JTA) —
The issue of Israel's defense
and security preoccupies
the Presidential candidates
and their Jewish audiences
whenever they are in prox-
imity to each other.
President Carter, Repub-
lican Party standard bearer
Ronald Reagan and Inde-
pendent candidate John
Anderson assure and reas-
sure Jewish audiences of
their unyiedling support for

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Israel, give or take a nuance
or two. Jewish audiences, in
turn, indicate full, partial or
hesitant support for one or
anohter candidate depend-
ing on those nuances.
However, the foCus on Is-
rael does not make the elec-
tioneering, either for Jews
or the candidates, a "single
issue" campaign. The ways
it is handled, does. When all
the posturings and genuf-
lections by the candidates
toward Israel are over and
done with, and when all the
correct formulas and shib-
boleths are weighed in, the
issue of Israel should be
seen, properly, as a broad
category within which vital
elements of American
foreign policy are sub-
sumed.
Some related compo-
nents, such as assuring
future oil supplies to the
U.S. and its allies and
Soviet expansionist plans
in the Middle East, are
invariably stressed by
the candidates and
Jewish spokespersons in
connection with the issue
of Israel. But other com-
ponents which should be
included are merely Al-
luded to in passing or
routinely ignored both by
the candidates and the
Jews.
It should be incumbent on
the candidates to state
where they stand on such
related issues as the viola-
tion of human rights in
Arab countries where dissi-
dents, minorities, women
and Jews are oppressed; the
consequences of providing
material aid to unstable and
autocratic regimes; ways to
help countries that are still
feudal achieve indus-
trialization and economic
diversification to bring
them into the 20th Century;
programs to offset Soviet
economic penetration; and
ways to combat disease and
illiteracy.

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All these issues should be
discussed and programs
formulated because the fu-
ture of Mideast peace and
Israel and American contri-
butions to both can be
stymied unless there is a
concerted effort to tackle
these problems. After all,
American aid will be faced
by the next Administration.
But there are other issues
which need to be raised by
American Jews and which
the candidates must be
asked to answer. These is-
sues, of vital concern to the
Jewish community, relate
to the social and economic
developments which create
and reinforce tensions be-
tween classes and ethnic
groups, as well as the fallout
in the American economy
resulting from, among other
developments, heightened
Arab financial activities in
American conglomerates
and banks and Arab finan-
cial arrangements with
universities for special cen-
ters, study programs and
chairs.
Black and Hispanic
organizations and spokes-
persons have no qualms
about demanding that the
Presidential candidates
make public their views on
how to deal with the various
socio-economic issues of
concern to them. But where
are the Jewish organiza-
tions and spokespersons
who are making similar
demands? Where, in fact,
have all the issues, other
than Israel, gone?
One major Jewish
organization, for exam-
ple, recently listed a
number of key foreign
and domestic issues that
will have a bearing on
how Jews vote in the
Presidential election
next month. On the
domestic scene the issue
noted was: To what ex-
tent will each candidate
support equal opportu-
nity in employment and
education for all Ameri-
cans, regardless of race,
color, sex or creed? In
short, does the candidate
support or oppose
quotas?"

This is, without doubt, an
important issue and the
candidates should address
themselves. to it. But this
barely skims the surface
and hardly begins to touch
the concerns of the majority
of American Jews. In fact,
the issue of quotas is
genuinely a "single issue"
problem. What about:
• Econimic aid for some
800,000 Jews who live at or
below the poverty level de-
fined as an income of $6,600
for a family of four.
• Funds for job training
programs for Jews who lack
the requisite skills to enter
into a highly technological
labor market.
in-
Combatting

flation and recession
through increased produc-
tion and prompting more ef-
fective use of the productive
capacity that now lies idle.
• Action to locate and
prosecute Nazi war crim-
inals living in the United
States and deportation

for those found guilty of
war crimes.
• Tough laws, with
enforcement
powers,
against hate-mongering
and anti-Semitic groups.
• Tough laws, with
enforcement powers, to halt
the mailing of hate litera-
ture.
• Tightening regulations
to prevent an Arab takeover
of banks, control by the
Arabs, especially Kuwait, of
some of the country's oil
company giants, and Arab
stock purchases in major
industrial firms.

• The consequences of
high unemployment with
its ensuing social ten-
sions which could pose a
danger to Jews in such
states as New York,
California, New Jersey,
Florida, Illinois, Michi-
gan and Ohio. These
states have some of he
largest concentrations of
Jews, blacks, Hispancis
and other minorities.
It is imperative that the
Jewish community make
known its concern abou
these issues and that the
candidates have more than
a glib reply.

* *

Klutznick, Levin, Zuckerman
Urge Carter's Re-Election

Paul Zuckerman and U.S. Senator Carl Levin
joined U.S. Secretary of Commerce Philip Klutznick
in urging a representative gathering, hosted by Mr.
and Mrs. Zuckerman, Sunday evening, to support
President Jimmy Carter's campaign for re-election.

Paul Zuckerman and U.S.
Senator Carl Levin joined
U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Philip Klutznick in urging a
representative gathering,
hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Zuc-
kerman Sunday evening, to
support President Jimmy
Carter's campaign for re-
election.
Klutznick expressed his
confidence in Jimmy Car-
ter's strong commitment to
Israel. He reminded the
audience of the historical
and political significance of
the Camp David Accords,
when he said, "We re-
member when Moses came
down from Mt. Sinai, but we
forget when Begin came
down from Camp David."
When questioned about
the sincerity of President
Carter's commitment to Is-

rael, Klutznick echoed the
words of the President on
the subject of peace in Is-
rael: "On this, I shall never
quit."
Zuckerman
said,
"President Carter has
helped us since his first
days in office. e has of-
fered philosophical and
financial support for a
variety of Jewish con-
cerns which have not at-
- tracted publicity."
Klutznick, Levin and
Zuckerman encouraged the
leaders to check the record
of President Carter if they
doubted his commitment to
Israel.
President Carter this
week received the editorial
endorsements of theJewish
Daily Forward and the
Texas Jewish Post.

West Germans May View
`Holocaust' TV Series Again

Opposition is reported
from West German broad-
casting systems to an initia-
tive taken by the cologne-
based telvision and radio
station WDR to screen the
American-made series
"Holocaust" sometime dur-
ing the second half of 1981.
The initiative is 'linked
with WDR
chief
Friedrich-Wilhelm von Sell,
who was recently re-elected
for an additional five years
in office. Von Sell was the
man behind the screening of
"Holocaust" in West Ger-
many in January 1979 in
spirt of considerable opposi-
tion.
Polls have shown that
"Holocaust" had a
dramatic effect on the
attitude of Germans to

the Nazi past. But a few
weeks 'after the screening
the impact of the televi-
sion series on public
opinion had apparently
completely worn off.
The two national televi-
sion systems, ARD and
ZDF, have refused to pur-
chase the television film.
But after complicated
negotiations between sev-
eral stations operating in
the Federal ' states,
"Holocaust" was neverthe-
less screened nationwide on
the so-called "Third Pro-
gram" Network, which is
generally less popular than
ARD and ZDF.
If screened in 1981,
"Holocaust" is expected to
be televised by Third Pro-
gram again.

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