Israel Celebration, Responding to Nazis
By ALAN HITSKY
as a Negation
of the Debt to
Victims of Nazism
Remember the Six Million! Remember, we are Israel.
Germany 1933-1938, Warsaw 1942, Auschwitz 1944, Israel 1948,
Southfield 1981! Have we learned the lesson of history?
Thousands of Detroiters said they did on Sunday, at the Israel Inde-
pendence Day celebration at the Southfield Civic Center. They did not all
agree on the lesson, but they have all learned it.
The thousands turned out in a steady rain to respond to a handful of
new Nazis — the new ignorant, the new haters: The thousands agreed:
Their tactics may have differed. The majority marched stoi-
cally in the rain, ignoring the taunts of the neo-lunatics who should
have been asked by the Southfield City Council to pay for police
protection. The thousands marched by, showing by their presence
their disdain for the headline-seekers. They quietly jammed the
Municipal Building beyond its capacity to hear a United States
Congressman link this country's fate, its destiny as a world power,
with its treatment of its ally Israel.
Remember, this is the United States in 1981, not Germany in 1938.
Our Reichstag is united behind us, our civil liberties are guaranteed, our
Constitution protects us all . . . as long as we are vigilant.
Our Constitution also protects the Nazis, the Jew-baiting
headline-seekers who would have the world spotlight on them
rather than have it shine on our reason for gathering, a proud Israel
Hundreds of Jews could not remember that the adjectives they under-
standably hurled at the ignorant few on Sunday were the same ones the
Nazis hurled at the Jews of Germany, at the Jews of the world. Those
hundreds could not be stoic, could not forget the millions who died, could
not walk quietly past.
"If they made a war, but nobody came" was not for them. Not after the
Holocaust. Not aft_ er the Six Million.
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May 15, 1981
to Defuse M.E. Missile Crisis
French, Israelis Hail
By EDWIN EYTAN
PARIS (JTA) — French President-elect Francois Mit-
terrand is determined to try and improve Franco-Israeli
relations, adopt a more balanced French policy in the Mid-
dle East and try to stem West European initiatives on the
subject for the time being.
Sources close to the 64-year-old Socialist who on Sun-
day inflicted a shattering defeat to outgoing President Val-
ery Giscard d'Estaing, said he planned to implement all his
pre-electoral pledges. These include a halt to the shipments
of enriched uranium to Iraq, a re-evaluation of French arms
sales to the Arab countries and the extension of official
invitations to the Israeli President and Premier to visit
Mitterrand's first official function after he returned to
Paris from his country home at Chateau-Chinon, was to
visit the grave of his life-long friend Georges Dayan at
Montparnasse Jewish Cemetery. The Jewish Senator, who
served as Mitterand's main contact with Israel and the
Jewish community, died during the 1974 electoral cam-
paign, which Giscard won. Dayan was slated for a senior
Mitterrand is expected to assume his Presidential
function on May 25 when he will appoint a caretaker
government, dismiss the National Assembly and call
for new parliamentary, elections in the hope of win-
ning a friendly majority in the house.
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Israel's Interseas Wa-
terway project has be-
come a major investment
effort of the Israel Bonds
Organization. Bonds is
seeking investment sup-
port of $100 million this
year to finance the proj-
ect, in addition to its on-
going economic support
this week on the 70-mile,
visionary canal which is
expected to take 10 years
to complete. The canal is
expected to provide Is-
rael with 20 percent of
her electric power needs,
open new areas to ag-
riculture, and make it
possible for new park
lands and greenspace.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — U.S. Special Envoy Philip Habib left Israel for Damascus Wednesday, repor-
tedly with a proposed American package to resolve the crisis between Israel and Syria. The Prime
Minister's Office denied that the U.S. proposals included a limitation of Israel -aerial activity over Lebanon.
But highly-placed Israeli sources who refused to be identified said the American package does call for a
curtailment of certain flights.
The sources distinguished between intelligence-gathering reconnaissance flights that presumably
would be allowed to continue and "operational" flights such as those on April 28 when Israeli aircraft shot
down two Syrian helicopters operating around the Christian stronghold of Zahle.
Habib arrived in Israel on Monday after meetings in Beirut and Damascus. He spent the two days in
intensive discussions with Israeli leaders. His mission is to defuse the crisis precipitated by Syria's
deployment of anti-aircraft missiles in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley and Israel's threat to destroy them by air
attack unless they are removed.
Habib conferred with Premier Menahem Begin on Tuesday and met Wednesday morning
with Shimon Peres, chairman of the opposition Labor Party before leaving for Damascus. Peres
said later that American diplomatic efforts should be given time to succeed.
Habib apparently has embarked on shuttle diplomacy to promote the American proposals. His decision
to remain in the area and the fact that concerte proposals are now on the table contributed toward lessening
the tension in Israel. (However, the Israeli military announced that Syria had shot down a drone (pilotless)
Israeli reconaissance plane on Thursday.)
Neither Israel nor Syria has shown any sign of readiness to accept the American proposals and the
situation is still fraught with danger. There was no official disclosure of the contents of the American
package. But Israeli sources said it contained the following:
Restoration of the "status quo ante" in Lebanon as it existed
before April 2 when the Syrian forces began their encirclement
of Zahle;. Christian Phalangist units based- in Beirut would
cease their thrust toward Zahle and Lebanese army regulars
Record of Achievements
would take control of that city, populated by Greek Orthodox
in a Special Section
Christians; the Syrians would withdraw their units from
they captured in the Sannine Mountains overlook-
In This Issue
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Herzl's Prophecy Nears Realization:
A Canal as an Israel Bonds Objective
By PAUL HIRSCHHORN
Technion — Israel Institute of Technology
HAIFA — The idea was born at the turn of the century, an "impossible dream" of Theodor Herzl: a canal
linking the Mediterranean and the Dead Seas. Described in his book envisioning a Jewish state, Herzl's canal
was to provide hydroelectric power and lakes for recreation, as well as to help reclaim the Negev and make
Israel an independent energy-producer. Today, nearly 80 years after Herzl wrote "Altneuland," the idea is no
longer -a dream, but an Israeli government project.
Although the canal would provide hydroelectric energy, form the basis of a multi-purpose energy
complex, facilitate construction of power plants in the Negev and have a variety of side benefits (e.g. saving
the Dead Sea), numerous significant problems must first be overcome.
The canal will be constructed between Katif, in the Gaza Strip, and Massada, by the DeadSea. Of this, 13
miles will be an open canal, about 10 meters wide. The rest will consist of a pipeline 400 meters underground
and five meters in diameter. However, several alternatives are also being considered, including a gravita-
tional tunnel, a tunnel with booster pumping and an open gravitational canal. Under all these plans, the
amount of water to be conveyed from the Mediterranean to the DeadSea would be determined by maintaining
a balance between the water inflow and the evaporation caused by solar radiation.
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