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January 30, 1981 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-01-30

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20 Friday, January 30, 1981

Some Israeli Youth Choose Communist Colleges

TO MARTY . . .


HAIFA — There are
about 60,000 students
enrolled in Israel's seven in-
stitutions of higher learn-
ing, among them many
Arabs, both Moslem and
Christian. But this is not
the total of Israelis pursu-
ing higher education. Many
young Israelis are to be
found at universities in the

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United States and various
European countries.
Some have gone there be-
cause of the mistaken, but
snobbish belief that a
foreign degree is worth
more. And others have gone
because they could not
me a sure up to the high ad-
mission standards and com-
petitive examinations.
It should be added that
most of those who go abroad
do have successful academic
But there is yet another
category of overseas stu-
dent. There are hundreds
of Israelis enrolled at
universities in the Soviet
Union and other Eastern
Bloc countries. The pro-
gram, which began about
10 years ago, has de-
veloped rapidly and it is
estimated that at this
moment some 500 Israelis
are enrolled in colleges
and universities in the
USSR, Romania, Hun-
gary, Bulgaria, Czechos-
lovakia and Eastern
In the main they study
medicine, engineering,
architecture and a sprinkl-
ing of other professions. It-is
doubtful if any remain there
after graduation. Some may
go to other countries, but it
appears • that the majority
return to Israel.
Who are they? They are
for the most part young
people who have been
actively engaged in Com-
munist Party affairs or are
family members of party ac-
tivists. About 75 percent of
them are Arabs, the re-
mainder Jews.
They are selected by
party leaders on the basis of
their high academic stand-
ing at high school, their per-
sonal economic need, and of
course their party records.
All the successful candi-
dates receive full schol-
arships, which includes
transportation both ways,
tuition and maintenance as
well as a preliminary course
in the local language.
One stage of their train-
ing involves physical
work on a national proj-
ect, as part of earning
their keep. Another stage

Detroit Chapter



Politics, Economics & Technology in ISRAEL

speaker . . .


• guided the vast expansion of the Technion
— and it is the Technion which led tiny Israel
to become one of the ten most advanced
industrial complexes in the world.
• his weekly column about Israel appears in
more than a dozen countries.
• before moving to Israel with his family. was
National President of Young Judea, Man-
aging Editor of Boston's Jewish Advocate
and editor of New Palestine, then official pub-
lication of the Zionist Organization of
America as well as being head of the ZOA's
Education Department.

• President. American Society for Technion,
Detroit Chapter
• Technical Director, Mercury Paint Company


chairman ...

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includes a full course of
studies in Marxism and
Communist principles. It
helps make them better
doctors and engineers.
Upon return to Israel
some have brought back
with them wives from the
lands of their study, though
frequently the women find
it difficult to make the ad-
justment because of the
great contrast between life
in Moscow, Prague and
Budapest, on the one hand,
and life in an Arab moun-
tain village on the other.
Russian Jewish immig-
rants, it appears, are not the
only ones who have integra-

tion problems.
As the program has
grown it has enhanced
enormously the prestige of
the Israel Communist
party, Rakah, among the
Arab youth.
If the Communists have
seized the opportunity to
exploit this fertile ground
for planting of spies, there
has not yet been any exten-
sive evidence of this, but the
risk is not lost upon the Is-
raeli authorities.
In recent kears some
Arab leaders have sought
to establish Arab-
sponsored universities
and the idea was seized

upon with enthusiasm by
those who did not sub-
scribe to Communist
ideology. It turned out,
however, that the local
institutions had a very
low academic status, and
had become hotbeds of
virulent anti-Israeli
propaganda even more
extreme than that of the

Israeli authorities pla
no more difficulties in th_
way of those going to study
in Moscow or Leningrad
than they do in the way of
those going to study in Bos-
ton or Los Angeles.

Annual Highlights Migration

100th anniversary of mass
Jewish migration from
Eastern Eultpe to U.S. is
highlighted in the latest
volume of the "Jewish Book
Annual," published by the
Jewish Welfare Board
Jewish Book Council.
In "America Discovers
the East European Jewish
Immigrant," Abraham J.
Karp uses contemporary
sources to describe the con-
trast — and conflict — be-
tween East European Jews
and other Jews (mostly of
German descent) who were
already settled in the U.S.
Non-Jewish Americans,
Karp writes, became ac-
quainted with a dual image
of "uptown" affluent Ger-
man Jews and "downtown"
East European immigrants.
He quotes one prominent
German Jew: "It is next to
impossible to identify our-
selves with that half-
civilized orthodoxy . . . We
are Americans, they are not
. . . We are Israelites of the
19th Century and a fine
country, and they gnaw the
dead bones of past centuries

In "American Yiddish
Literature — the Immig-
rant Phase," Aaron Soviv
describes the proletarian
poets, radicals and re-
formers among the new
immigrants. The history
of an illustrious Hebrew

Jewish Groups
Aiding Search
for Witnesses

— The Jewish Community
Relations Council (JCRC) of
Greater Philadelphia and
the Association of Jewish
New Americans are
cooperating with the United
States Department of Jus-
tice in attempting to find
new witnesses for investi-
gations of crimes committed
by alleged Nazi war .crimi-
nals currently residing in
the U.S., a JCRC official re-
The JCRC is distributing
copies of a brief question-
naire for survivors prepared
by the Justice Department's
Office of Special Investiga-
tions. The questionnaire,
which is available in
English and Russian, can be
obtained by calling the
JCRC office, (215) 545-

literary society in New
York City's teeming
Lower East Side is re-
counted by Jacob
Kabakoff in his article
"The American Hameas-
Theologian A. Roy Ec-
kardt examines recent lit-
erature • on Christian-
Jewish relations, concen-
trating in particular on
Christian responses to the

Holocaust and modern
Christian attitudes towards
Israel and Zionism.

Other articles in Volume
38 of "Jewish Book Annual"
include an essay on Jewish
book collecting; a critique of
S. Y. Agnon's posthumous
works; and a tribute to Mor-
decai Kaplan, philosopher
and educator, in celebration
of his 100th birthday.

Jewish Canadian Settlement
Exhibit at Beth Hatefutsoth

Harry Gutkin, right, president of the Jewish His-
torical Society of Western Canada, and Joseph Stan-
ford, Canadian ambassador to Israel, attend the open-
ing of the Beth Hatefutsoth exhibit, "A Century of
Jewish Settlement in Western Canada."
TEL AVIV — Beth the Jewish Historical
Hatefutsoth, the Museum of Society of Western
the Jewish Diaspora, is Canada and treasurer of
hosting the exhibition "A the World Jewish Con-
Century of Jewish Settle- gress.
The opening ceremony
ment in Western Canada,"
prepared jointly by the was attended by hundreds
Jewish Historical Society of of ex-Canadians living in
Western Canada and The Israel. They were addressed
Jewish Communities of by Harry Gutkin, president
of the Jewish Historical
Western Canada.
The exhibition, which Society of Western Canada,
contains about 500 photo- and Joseph Stanford, Cana-
graphs, the oldest of which dian ambassador to Israel.
is from 1882, portrays the
development of the Western Galilee Forest
Canada Jewish community Honors Lennon
since the arrival of the first
Jewish emigrants, follow-
ing the mass pogroms of Jewish National Fund has
provided, a plot of land near
1881-1882 in Russia.
"A Century of Jewish Set- Mount Meron in Galilee for
tlement in Western the planting of what is be-
Canada" was first presented lieved will be the first
in its original form under memorial forest for the late
the name "Journey Into Our John Lennon, of the Bea-
Heritage" in Winnipeg in tles.
The idea for the Lennon
1972-1973. It will be on dis-
play at Beth Hatefutsoth Memorial Forest originated
with a group of Orthodox
until April.
Loan of the exhibition Jewish newcomers from the
to Beth Hatefutsoth was U.S. living in Safed. Funds
made possible by Sol are being raised among
Kanee of Winnipeg. He is Galilee residents and Jews
the honorary president of abroad.

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