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December 19, 1980 - Image 27

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-12-19

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Friday, December 19, 1' ;ii 27

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Linowitz Says Israel Received Too Little Credit for Concessions

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
U.S. Special Ambassador
Sol Linowitz admitted
Wednesday that Israel did
not receive the credit due it
for the concessions it made
to achieve its peace treaty
with Egypt. He attributed
that oversight to the fact

that the western media was
preoccupied with the issue
of Israel's settlements on
the West Bank.
Linowitz made his re-
marks at a meeting with Is-
rael's autonomy negotiat-
ing team. He said he felt
sorry that Israel's conces-

New Passion Play Volume
Fosters Interfaith Relations

NEW YORK — Proposals
for transforming passion
plays from vehicles of anti-
Semitism to dramas that
help "foster love, not hate,
between Jews and Chris-
tians" highlight a publica-
tion written by two Roman
Catholic scholars and is-
- sued by the Anti-
Defamation League of Bnai
Brith.
ntitled "The Oberam-
gau Passionsspiel
84," it suggests 28 re-
visions in the text of the
West German pageant to
make its next performance
in 1984," an example of a
philo-Semitic Passion
Play."
According to Theodore
Freedman, director of
ADL's national program di-
vision, who has been active
in facilitating some of the
changes in the text, more
than 300,000 Americans —
60 percent of the total
attendance = witnessed the
1980 performance of specta-
cle.
The oldest, most inf-
luential and best
attended of all crucifix-
ion dramatizations, it is
staged each decade by
the Oberammergau vil-
lagers in fulfillment of a
vow made by their ances-
tors after the town was
spared the ravages of a
17th Century plague. The
play will be put on in 1984
to celebrate its 350th an-
niversary.
The ADL publication,
written in English and
German, also contains
guidelines for other passion
plays staged in this country
and abroad.
The proposals and
guidelines were written by
Dr. Leonard Swidler, pro-
fessor of Catholic Thought
and Interreligious Dialogue
at Temple University,
Philadelphia, Pa., and
Father Gerard Sloyan, pro-
fessor of New Testament at
Temple U., after years of re-
search, attendance at the
Oberammergau spectacle
and consultations with
theologians at the Vatican,
1 Germany and in the
Jnited States.
The proposals, which fall
to three major categories,
it for: Changing character
names which "unwarran-
tedly" impart negative
qualities to Jews;
Emphasizing the

Jewishness of Jesus, his
family, his disciples and his
followers;
• Depicting Pontius Pi-
late as the "self-centered,
brutal tyrant he in fact was"
instead of as a "good" foil
against the "evil" Jews as in
the current portrayal.
"The Oberammergau

Passionsspiel 1984" is
available- at a charge from
the local Anti-Defamation
League of Bnai Brith office,
163 Madison, Detroit,
48226, 962-9686.

Israel Serves
as Backdrop
for Megged

Aharon Megged's "The
Short Life" (Taplinger)
chronicles a few critical
months in the troubled
marriage of Yehoshua Tal
and his wife, Elisheva Tal-
Blumfeld.
The novel, which is set in
Israel, follows the lives of
Yehoshua (nicknamed
"Shuka"), a mild-mannered
life insurance agent and
Elisheva, a talented and
brilliant professor at Tel
Aviv University. Re-
senting his wife's neglect,
"Shuka" initiates an affair
with one of his clients. At
the same time, Elisheva is
propelled into a relation-
ship with a young writer.
Megged has published 18
novels and his stories have
appeared in such publica-
tions at the Atlantic
Monthly, Encounter,
Midstream and the New
Statesman. He lives in Tel
Aviv and is a columnist for
the daily newspaper, Davar.

MK Launches
Centrist Party

sions for peace were not
fully recognized because he
saw in Israeli policy a
genuine desire to reach an
agreement on autonomy for
the West Bank and Gaza.
He suggested that Israel
should have made clear
from the start that it did not
intend to build many more
settlements on the West
Bank.
Linowitz is in Israel on
what is widely regarded as
his final diplomatic mission
for the outgoing Carter
Administration. He arrived
Wednesday from Cairo
where he met with
President Anwar Sadat and
other Egyptian officials. He
said a brief courtesy call on
Premier Menahem Begin
and was scheduled to meet
with him on Thursday for a
working session.
The envoy brought
with him messages from
President Carter and
President-elect Reagan.
Carter urged the parties
to renew the momentum
of the autonomy talks.
Reagan gave his assur-
ances that he is deter-
mined to continue the
negotiation on the basis
of the Camp David ac-
cords and that any
changes in the Camp
David formula would be
introduced only with the
prior consent of both par-
ties.
The messages were essen-
tially the same that
Linowitz brought to Sadat
in Cairo on Tuesday.
Much of the talk during
his meeting with the au-
tonomy negotiating team
centered on the Jordanian
option which is said to be
favored by the opposition
Labor Party. Deputy Pre-

mier Yigael Yadin was crit-
ical of that option and
warned that if the new
American administration
waited for a possible change
of government in Israel next
year, it could mean aban-
donment of the Camp David
process.
Linowitz assured his
hosts that Reagan has not
said anything which could
-be interpreted as support for
the Jordanian option. He
said he had told Reagan, be-
fore leaving the U.S., that
the Camp David agree-
ments embodied the Jorda-
nian option and that anyone
who thought of it as an al-
ternative to Camp David
was misreading the accords.
On Monday, Begin told
a Knesset committee that

a joint Israeli-Egyptian- would have required
American communique lengthy talks and negotia-
would be published on tions between the parties.
the status of the au-
N
tonomy talks after
Linowitz completes his
mission.
_Begin disclosed that Is-
rael had rejected a proposal
that the three countries
publish a report specifying
the areas of agreement and
disagreement in the au-
tonomy negotiations to
date. He said such a report

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — A
new centrist political party
was launched last weekend
by Assaf Yaguri, a Knesset
member who defected from
the Democratic Movement.
He said it would lie "in
the middle of the political
spectrum" and hoped-to win
some 12 Knesset seats in
next year's elections.
Yaguri himself is best
known as the highest rank-
ing Israel army officer ever
to be captured by the
enemy. As a captain in
command of a tank column,
He ran straight into an
Egyptian trap on the Suez
Canal during the Yom Kip-
pur War.

Holocaust Topic
of History Body

WALTHAM, MASS. —
"American Jews and the
Holocaust" will be the sub-
ject of an academic program
sponsored by the American
Jewish Historical Society,
open to the public, at the
annual meeting of the
American Historical Asso-
ciation Dec. 29 at the
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