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Sabbath Scriptural Selections
This Sabbath, the first day of Adar II, 5741, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Exodus ,38:21-40:38. 30:11-16, Numbers 28:1-15.
Prophetical portion, II Kings 11:17-12:17, Isaiah 66:1-24.
Candle lighting, Friday, March 6, 6:10 p.
VOL. LXXIX, No. 1
Friday, March 6, 1981
Obstacles to the peace of the, Middle East are
not limited to the Arab antagonists. European
diplomats are adding to the agonies. Bruno
Kreisky has a devilish role in the support he
keeps giving to the PLO. British Foreign Office
staffs have joined him in these tactics. Now it is
West German Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich
Genscher who has become. a partner to the pro-
posal to recognize the Arab extremists in a de-
, moniacal scheme like a "government-in-exile"
that is among the damaging elements in the
Middle East discussions.
Added to these developing animosities is the
unhealthy attitude of the European Economic
Such European interjections are branded by
Israel as "disruptive interference." Pointing to
the damaging decisions at Luxemburg, which
continues at sessions in Venice, an official Is-
raeli statement declares:
The Venice Resolution is unacceptable to Is-
rael not only because it is considered unneces-
sary and superfluous but because of the ideas it
enunciates that are rejected by the great major-
ity of-the people of Israel and, in part, by the
United States and Egypt.
"The Venice Declaration calls foi. the 'associa-
tion of the PLO in the negotiating process.' This
is totally unacceptable to Israel whose leaders
will have no truck with this murder organiza-
tion. Significantly, President Reagan definced
the PLO (in statements before and since his
election) as a terrorist organization in no way
representative of_ the Palestinian Arabs: Any
involvement of the PLO means, in fact, the re-
turn of the Soviet Union to the peace-making
process — a concept rejected by President Sadat
of Egypt and the government of Israel.
"There is a national consensus in Israel
against the declared attitude of the European
Community requiring Israel to return to the
1967 lines. Accordingly, such attitudes do not
advance the peace process but endanger it.
"The rights of the Palestinian Arabs residing
in Judea, Samaria and Gaza have been taken
into consideration in the Camp David plan for a
self-governing authority (Administrative
Council). The Venice Resolution seeks the crea-
tion of a Palestinian -state which would be a
grave threat to Israel's security and, as an in-
evitable Soviet base, a threat to U.S. and West-
ern strategic interests.
The 'starting points' adopted by the Euro-
pean leaders at Luxemburg last December,
make the position worse still. Now they have
moved from the general to the particular. The
lack of realism is displayed in the following
"A call for Israel's withdrawal from East
Jerusalem and the internationalization of the
city is rejected by the national consensus of Is-
rael. It conflicts with the will of the people and
the laws of the state. It is an attempt to set the
clock back to a 1947 resolution which was
washed away by the tide of events in the past 33
"The European proposals envisage also
.guarantees, including (guarantees) on the
ground, presumably meaning the military
presence. Israel will, under no circumstances,
entrust her security and the safety of her citi-
zens to others. Nor does she have any confidence
in international guarantees.
"The European interference with the peace-
making process will prove counter-productive.
What is needed is patience; perseverance and
the resolve to carry into effect the agreements
that were entered into at Camp David. Prime
Minister Begin has declared that the Israel gov-
ernment adheres to the agreements and is de-
termined to proceed along those lines. He is
confident that the Camp David Accords repre-
sent the only basis for a comprehensive peace in
It is because such declarations .are treated
lightly — because they stem from Israel! — that
the concern over the developing situations
grows in seriousness.
That is why any internal Jewish disruptions
are to be deplored. Israel's friends must act in
unison, lest the enemies, who are in diplomatic
ranks, remain disruptive and become destruct-
COMPATIBL E REALISM
Dissolution of one of the country's most im-
portant social clubs, after nearly half-a-century
of service to the Jewish community and to the
nation, leaves a sense of deep regret. It leads to
consideration of the elements that have been
the inducements for the formation of clubs of
. The need for sociability is urgent. Therefore
people organize in groups. Sometimes they are
to support important movementts. Often they
arefor human contacts and for the formation of
sporting teams, as in the country golf clubs.
Only a generation ago there were the prej-
udices which made the non-Jewish clubs
judenrein. There are clubs in this community
where Jews still are barred..Then came a period
of tolerance, the Gentiles admitting token
Jews into membership. Jews retorted by ad-
mitting token Gentiles into membership of
The element of tolerance that creates token
memberships is appalling. That's more than de-
plorable: it is un-American, it is inhuman.
When the important local social club dis-
solved last month, there were some comments
about the compatibility that necessitated the
existence of the local social club. As long as the
need for compatibility is recognized as a fact,
then it becomes vital to emphasize the impor-
tance of the chief factors in Jewish life: the
Jewish center and the synagogue.
This matter of compatible realism is offered
because the anguished who abandoned the ex-
pired social club have admitted to such a need
for Jewish association. In a larger sense, the
total elimination of prejudices could have
created the most important social aspect of
American indivisibility. Perhaps the
synagogue will gain from an otherwise sad
occurrence in the community.
Shaarey Zedek's Building
Acclaimed by Architects
The Shaarey Zedek structure is listed in the Michigan Society of
Architects' "50 Most Significant Structures in Michigan."
Ann Stacey, executive director of the Michigan architects'
"This publication is the result of a year-long exhibit, titled 'A
Celebration of Architecture,' as originated by the 1979 Michigan
Society of Architects' president, Gene Terrill of Flint.
"Funded by a generous grant from the Mott Foundation in Flint,
the original exhibit has toured the entire state for more than a year in
addition to a week-long appearance at the AIA Convention in Cincin-
nati and is booked well into 1981."
The description of the Shaarey Zedek building in "50 Most Sig-
nificant Structures in Michigan" follows:
"Shaarey Zedek, located on Northwestern Highway connecting
with the state freeway to Lansing, has perhaps the most dramatic
setting of any ecclesiastical building in the state. In its few years, it
has become a true landmark seen by thousands in their daily trip from
suburb to central city. Occupying a dramatic elevated site, it enriches
the visual scene for several miles around. It is a building of architec-
tural elegance and power, as dramatic inside as out, a true monument
to Percival Goodman, its designer."
Israelis as the Uniquely
Emerging Independent Folk
Israel and the Israelis have been portrayed in a variety of fash-
ions. The historical pattern is retained in the main. The new genera-
tion of Israeli writers rejects the commonplace and aims to portray the
emerging independent folk who defy the ghettoization and emphasize
the modernity of a highly democratic state..
In a posthumously published volume, The State of Israel"
(Behrman House), Israel T. Naamani portrays the Jewish national
entity in its modern form.
The democratic form of government, the people and their adjust-
ment to sovereignty, emerges in a naturalness that is especially
notable in a description by an Israeli.
The author of this volume, the late Prof. Naamani, died March 5,
1979, upon his arrival at the University of Louisville where he had
taught for 30 years. He was recognized as an authority on Israel. He
was a noted Hebraist and an authority on political science and his
specialty on Israel developed from his Zionist and Israeli background.
His noteworthy book deals with the emergence of poli 4- al
Zionism, the migration of Jews and the their status under Ot in
rule as well as during the Yishuv.
The kibutz, the moshav, the developntent of collective as well as
privately-initiated settlements are under review.
The author related the Holocaust experiences and the protesting
actions to the emergence of statehood. The people, the religious atti-
tudes, the political parties, the security, cultural, economic problems
receive due consideration. Israel's roles in the UN and as an equal
among the nations are duly noted in this highly-recommended vol-
ume that serves well for students.
This volume provides good coverage of the many aspects of Is-
rael's nationhood. Its contents are as valuable now as a Behrman
paperback as they were eight years ago when first published as a hard
cover volume by Praeger Publishers.