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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, June 12, 1981

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`Jewish Radicals and Radical Jews'

By ALLEN WARSEN

Percy S. Cohen, professor
at the London School of
Economics and Political
Science, authored the

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unique and pioneering
study titled "Jewish Radi-*
cals and Radical Jews"
(Academic Press).
The difference between
Jewish radicals and radical
_Jews the author explains as
follows: the former are rad-
icals who happen also to be
Jewish and who may not
acknowledge their Jewish-
ness or who may emphasize
it in varying degrees; the
latter fuse their radical con-
cerns with their commit-
ment to being a Jew." In
addition, they are con-
cerned with the problems
"facing Jews in the societies
of the Diaspora and in Is-
rael."
The Jewish activist stu-
dents in the American elite
universities, the author re-
marks, were neither of the
working nor lower-middle
class origin, who used their.
education "to improve
themselves", but were of the
upper-middle or upper class
families "who took both
their present and future
welfare for granted." •
They were active -and
were grossly over-
represented in such
organizations as the
Trotskyite Young
Peoples' Socialist League
(YPSL), the Young
Socialist Alliance, the
Progressive Labor Party
and the Committee for a
Progressive Middle East.
Curiously, the Jewish
members of the YPSL, in

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"I think they will sur-
contrast to the non-Jewish
members, were sympathetic vive; they have always
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to Israel and "tended to see had a strong internal
Trotsky as a secular Jewish cohesion. Religion recent International Labor
played a big part in this; Organization (ILO) report
hero."
The author points out and that will probably praises the full employment
that in the American New grow. Israel and Zionism and professional advance-
ment of Arab workers from
Left. movement, the black will play a big part."
"Intermarriage will in- the administered territories
radicals were the most rabid
anti-Semites and the worst crease so will assimilation employed in Israel.
enemies of Israel. This in general . . . Israel will
The 30-page report which
enmity aroused the indig- probably become more like will be submitted to the UN
nation of the radical Jews other states and the connec- organization's annual con-
and strengthened their de- tion with Jews will probably ference next month, notes
votion and dedication to Is- weaken . . . I am neither for that the 75,000 worker
nor against it, there are from the territories r
rael.
mained unaffected by rising
Nevertheless, the radical more urgent issues."
"Jews have taken the inflation and unemploy-
Jews have not been unified
ideologically. Though most capitalist ethos to its ex- ment in Israel. The report
of them are Zionists or pro- treme position. I don't say also praises improvement in
Zionists, some aren't. There that they are worse as the occupational structure
are also differences between capitalists than anyone of the West Bank and Gaza
the radical Jews of North else. But they act towards Strip workers.
America and those of West- their workers as though
A spokesman for the
they were all anti-Semitic
ern Europe.
Israeli
delegation to the
While in the United and as though this justified conference said that the 2$
treating
therri
as
having
no
States and Canada, the
vocational guidance centers
vast majority treat rights. In this way they help established since 1967 have
Judaism with great seri- to strengthen prejudice."
"Vulgarity is not a provided services to 40,000
ousness, in Western
monopoly
of Jews; like other Arabs.
Europe they are mostly
left-wing Zionists and are nouveaux riches, they are
not concerned with tradi- vulgar; they have to have
everything that informs
tional Judaism.
It is noteworthy that in others, that they are rich
the United States and and successful. In this way
Canada radical Jews they confirm the image
On
formed their own organiza- which many non-Jews have
tions and published their of them."
Percy S. Cohen's volume
own periodicals.
It should also be stressed "Jewish Radicals and Radi-
Love
cal Jews" presents a percep-
that the radical Jews coun-
Aunt Joyce,
teracted the anti-Zionism of tive analysis of Jewish
radicalism
and
is
a
valuable
Uncle Bill,
the non-Jewish and Jewish
contribution
to
contempor-
Kasi & Robin
radicals by publishing pro-
Zionist pamphlets and arti- ary Jewish history.
cles in the American press.
For instance, M.J. Rosen-
berg, a spokesman for radi-
cal Jews, published in the
Village Voice of January
1969 an article titled, "To
Uncle Tom and Other
Jews." He wrote, "The Issue
is one of Jewish pride. The
Jewish radicals who are
We wish you success and good health.
prepared to fight for the
Czechs, the Greeks and the
Wife, Francis Herman
Biafrans and yet reject Is-
rael; these are Uncle Toms
In-laws, Mr. & Mrs. Aaron Salzberg
and our shame . . ." "Black
nationalism and Jewish
nationalism will exist con-
currently." ". . when some
black nationalist calls us
`racist Zionists' we must
then fight him with all we
have. That's the way it has
to be; we must scrape for no
one."
A better sobriquet for the
Jewish Uncle Toms would
be Mayo-fesnikS (servile
creatures).
- It should be stressed that
the author studied the
views and attitudes of the
Jewish radicals and radical
Jews in seven countries: the
U.S., Canada, Britain,
France, Italy, West Ger-
many and Argentina.
The responses are both
interesting and revealing,
especially ,ttie ones concefn-
While Quantities Last
ing the future of the Jewish
people and the "Respon-
dents' Images of Being
Jewish." Following are typ-
ical examples:

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