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THE JEWISH NEWS

lUSPS 275 520)

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

Copyright

The Jewish News Publishing Co.

Member of American Association of English-Jewish Newspapers, National Editorial Association and
National Newspaper Association and its Capital Club.
Published every Friday by The Jewish News Publishing Co., 17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite 865, Southfield, Mich. 48075
Postmaster: Send address changes to The Jewish News, 17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite 865, Southfield, Mich. 48075 .
Second-Class Postage Paid at Southfield, Michigan and Additional Mailing Offices. Subscription $15 a year.

CARMI M. SLOMOVITZ
Business Manager

PHILIP SLOMOVITZ

Editor and Publisher

ALAN HITSKY
News Editor

HEIDI PRESS
Associate News Editor

DREW LIEBERWITZ
Advertising Manager

Sabbath Scriptural Selections

This Sabbath, the eighth day of Adar II, 5741, the following scriptural selections will be read in our synagogues:
Pentateuchal portion, Leviticus 1:1-5:26, Deuteronomy 25:17-19. Prophetical portion, I Samuel 15:1-34.

Thursday, Fast of Esther (reading of Megilat Esther in the evening). Friday, Purim.

Candle lighting, Friday, March 13, 6:26 p.m.

VOL. LXXIX, No. 2

Page Four

Friday, March 13, 1981

THE ROOTS OF TERRORISM

Without the support and encouragement pro-
vided by the Kremlin, the worst of all evils for
mankind might never have reached its present
stage of terror.
It has never been a secret and now it is becom-
ing more explicitly evident that the chief sup-
port for the terrorists is provided by Russia.
It is becoming equally more evident that from
Cuba have come the training forces for the PLO
and for the forces of evil that are menacing
Ik-ael and other areas in the free world.
Media Analysis Center has just made public a
chronological record of the USSR ties with the
PLO and its chief leaders, notably Yasir Arafat,
from June 19, 1977 to Jan. 8, 1981. It provides a
list of 97 occurrences of Soviet relationships
with the PLO, including many of the most hor-
rifying acts of terrorism.
The Media Analysis Center provides these
facts of the evil partnership:

1. This chronological record of USSR-PLO rela-
tions attests to the degree of intensity that marks the/
contacts between the two sides. Arafat visits Moscow
often, as do other leaders of the Fatah and of other
PLO groups, who either accompany him or arrive in
the USSR or its satellites on their own. Nor is this the
only form of ties between the PLO and the USSR; as
- the survey shows, the Soviet embassy in Beirut is in
constant touch with the PLO hierarchy.
2. The high frequency of these contacts and their
complex nature on the various planes — against the
backdrop of the PLO's relatively low weight on the
inter-Arab strategic plane — throw light on the vital-
ity of the connection (for the PLO) with the USSR in
order to form a firm image in the eyes of the Arab
leaders and of the West.
3. The frequency and complexity of the contacts
show also that the PLO is aware of the fact that its
essence and the nature of its aspirations are consis-
tent with the essence of the USSR's interests in the
Mideast (outside the realm of the Arab-Israeli con-
flict), whereas they conflict with those of the U.S.
4. The nature of the relations between the PLO and
the USSR explains the organization's standing as a
means (one of many) in the hands of the USSR (which
is an irreplaceable support for the PLO) which uses it
to promote its objectives in the region: agitation,
harming the conservative and pro-Western regimes
that control the oil sources, and undermining the
Western strategic interests.
5. With the start of the peace contacts between
Israel and Egypt, as the PLO joined the pro-Soviet
"rejection front," Soviet support for the PLO in-
creased. This enhanced support stems from Moscow's
assumption that the PLO — together with more im-
portant radical Arab elements in the Mideast — can
serve as a means to torpedo Western moves and
achievements. Against this backdrop stands the
USSR's readiness to supply military equipment to
the PLO and to train the terrorists to operate the
equipment can be understood. However, the nature of
the relations between them also points up why Mos-
cow is not ready to supply the organization with mili-
tary equipment in a quantity and quality that would
increase its freedom of maneuver.
6. The PLO's activity under the baton of the USSR
(and of Syria) aimed at undermining the West's
standing in the Middle East is not confined only to the
plane of the war against Israel, but characterizes also
its support for the Soviet invasion of Muslim Af-
ghanistan — as it lines up in one camp together with
the radical and anti-Western states of Syria, Libya,
smith Yemen and Ethiopia. This irregular stand of

the PLO — in relation to the stand of most other Arab
states — is consistent with the position adopted by
the organization's representative in the Islamic
foreign ministers' conference in Dakar, when it de-
fended the USSR against the charge that it had in-
tervened, in Africa's internal affairs (Al Ahram,
July 11, 1978). Arafat demonstrated another diver-
gent pro-Soviet position when he met on July 4, 1978
with a South Yemen minister in a period when Arab
leaders tended to keep their distance from South
Yemen, which has colluded with the USSR in an
effort to take over Muslim Eritrea (which is so vital to
the Western strategic interests in the Red Sea). The
organization's involvement in Iran is also coordi-
nated with the USSR, to the point where its close-
ness to the leftist circles there has caused friction
between it and Khomeini and Bani-Sadr (the
Economist Foreign Report writes on May 16, 1979
that the USSR is transferring arms to the Iranian left
through the PLO).
7. One of the conclilsions to be drawn from the
above, and from the survey, is that the life expectancy
of the USSR-PLO connection does not stem from (nor
is it connected with) any temporary policy of the
organization or of the USSR, but is a long-term out-
growth of the fundamental substance and ambitions
of the two partners.
8. The intensity and complexity of the USSR-PLO
connection refutes the Western illusion that to give
this organization a state would sever it from Moscow.
In contrast to other organizations in Africa and Asia
which did not resort to Soviet aid after they realized
their immediate goal (independence from unaccept-
able local or Western rule) and subsequently turned
to a certain cooperation with the West; the PLO's
essence, the essence of its aspirations, its relatively
small weight in the inter-Arab power struggles, and
the power struggles and rifts that characterize its
organizational structure — all these show why the
PLO needs the USSR's closeness, and why the USSR
regards any connection with it as a secured long-term
investment.

It becomes increasingly clear that the Soviet
aid gives comfort to the terrorism, that it is a
menace to the world and to the Arabs as well.
An official PLO admission has just confirmed
these charges: The admission is that hundreds
of Palestinians have graduated from the Soviet
Military Academy.
"Scores and hundreds of Palestinian officers
eligible to command major .sectors such as
brigades have graduated from Soviet military
academies," Brigadier Mohammed Ibrahim
al-Shaier, head of the PLO's Moscow office, re-
vealed in a lecture in Beirut and published in
Beirut newspapers. He said there are also some
2,000 Palestinians studying in Soviet schools
and the PLO received 300 scholarships a year,
mostly for scientific and technical studies.
"During PLO chief Yasir Arafat's visit to
Moscow last year agreement had been reached
on Soviet-Palestinian coordination in all mat-
ters of joint interest,' Shaier said. The-re have
been recurring reports that the USSR has been
training Palestinians."
The exposed facts now emerge as an official
record. The menace is appalling. This is no
longer an issue affecting Israel's security. It is
also an admonition to the world to act for a halt
to such actions. If permitted to continue, the
peace of the entire world will be at stake.

`New Jewish Yellow Pages'
Provides Services Directory

Yellow Pages as adjuncts to telephone directories are indispens-
able for modern living. A Jewish counterpart provides guidance to
many movements and the services that are vital to Jews seeking
community identification. •
"The New Jewish Yellow Pages" (SBS Publishers) fills such a
need. Mae Shafter Rockland, the author and compiler of this impor-
tant and large-sized book describes it as "a directory of goods, services
and more," and there is, indeed, more.
This is a directory providing mail order information for the entire
country, for art works, calligraphic needs, ceramics, metal objects,
glass and enamel, textiles, etcetera, etcetera.
Names of firms, addresses, sources for the artistic works desired,
are provided here.
Media, books and therefore their publishers and the Jewish pub-
lishing firms, courses of study, movements devoted to perpetuating
the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, religious education
movements and other causes are recorded here. Included in the
Holocaust listing is Remembrance Educational Media, with an ad-
dress in Oak Park, Mich. • Appended to this listing is the following
about a Detroiter who is active in perpetuating data about the Hitler
horrors:
"David Bergman was 12 years old when he was deported from his
hometown in the Carpathian Mountains in Eastern Europe and is one
of the few children that survived the extermination camps. Much of
what he experienced can never be put into words, but after 33 years of
Making notes and compiling material from memory he has completed
a book-cassette program which movingly recounts his story.
"He says; 'I was fortunate to have survived, I will finish the
stories for the ones who did not.' His program has recently been
accepted by major school systems in Michigan for use in classroom
study. The book is well-illustrated with photos of sculptures and other
art objects about the Holocaust and with maps of all the geographical
locations discussed in the book of the locations of the major concentra-
tion camps."
The author calls her work a "cultural smorgasbord." That's what
it is, as a guide for all who are concerned in vital issues and desire to
locate the headquarters of creative forces. Museums, periodicals,
teaching aids, antiques, art dealers, needlework, camps, music and
musicians, theaters, toys and games, travel agencies, charities, food
producers are among those listed and locations provided. In addition,
there is a section for holidays and ceremonies. It is indicative of the
services provided in this directory.

`Bottom Line': Council
Guidelines on M.E. Issues

"The Bottom Line" is the title of a brochure prepared by the

Jewish Community Council of Detroit providing guidelines for fac-
tual dealing with Middle East issues.
Frequent misrepresentations and distortions which place Israel
in a bad light are refuted in the factual data in this pamphlet. Sugges-
tions are made in this text on the manner of confronting issues. The
PLO program, the facts about the so-called West Bank, the role of the
Arabs and the treatment accorded them, the Camp David agreement,
the demand for a unified Jerusalem administered by Israel, the
American national interest in the Middle East, and numerous other
questions are tackled by means of providing backgrounds and undis-
puted facts.

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