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July 10, 1981 - Image 47

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-07-10

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THE bETRI OITI.JEWISH NEWS

Friday, July't10:i 81 - 47

Friendly Voices for Israel Result
From Clergy's Gathering in D.C.

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(Editor's note: In June,
the Jewish Community
Council arranged for 14
Christian leaders to
attend a one-day briefing
on Israel in Washington,
D.C. The following two
letters reflect some ac-
tions that were taken as a
result of that gathering.)
In a letter to Jewish
Conimunity Council Execu-
tive Director Alvin Kush-
ner, Minister Rudolf C.
Gelsey of the Unitarian
Universalist Church of De-
troit told how he helped
fight down an anti-Israel
resolution at thegeneral as-
sembly of the Unitarian
Universalist Association.
Mr. Gelsey stated in part:
"At the general assembly
of the Unitarian Univer-
salist Association meeting
in Philadelphia June 12-18,
a resolution was introduced
that the 1981 General As-
sembly of the Unitarian
Univer#alist Association
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United States and the gov- the most basic of rights: life.
ernment of Canada to sus-
"How can we stand
pend all military and eco- with Israel and at the
nomic aid to Israel until same time arm the Saudi
such time as they un- army with offensive
equivocally agree to abide weapons? Haven't they
by the Mutual Defense already declared their in-
Agreement of 1952 and to tention of returning
sign the Nuclear Non- Jerusalem into Arab
Proliferation Treaty and hands? The only way this
agree to inspection.'
will occur is through
"Because the resolution armed attack.
was not introduced by the
"What kind of support do
time of the deadline, there we give when we condemn
had to be a preliminary vote actions taken by Israel
on whether to admit the without fully understand-
item to debate.
ing them? Wasn't your ill-
"Those of us who op- timed condemnation of Is-
posed the resolution felt rael's bombing of the reac-
that it was biased since it tor vacillation in favor of
did not mention that all continued oil from the Arab
nations in the Middle world?
East join the Non-
"As I write this letter
Proliferation Treaty. An thousands of Jewish people
amendment was offered are gathered in Israel to
to the effect that the remember the Holocaust.
whole of the Middle East Are we quietly going to slide
be made into an atom- onto the fence and again ig-
free area and this was nore another attempt to de-
ruled out of order be- stroy the Jewish nation? I
cause it totally changed choose to believe that we
the meaning of the reso- will not and that you will
lution as expressed in the not heed the voices who
whereases.
clamor for supporting. the
"Though Unitarian Uni- Arab cause."
versalists are traditionally
committed to complete free-
dom of speech, the general
assembly voted down the
resolution on the basis that
it expressed a unilateral
Four chapters are tied for
condemnation of Israel, first place in the AZA
without taking into account softball league. Akiba, Be-
the right to legitimate self- ber, Rose No. 1, and Samson
defense as acceptable in in- AZAs all have 4-1 records.
ternational law under the The league meets 9 a.m.
United Nations charter.
Sundays at Southfield High
"The opponents to the School and Southfield-
resolution also argued Lathrup High School
that the Non-Proliferation diamonds. Spectators are
Treaty was very lax in welcome.
terms of safeguards and
The Great Lakes AZA
sanctions in case of viola- Council announces the ap-
tions.
pointment of the following
The Unitarian Univer- new chairmen: Bryan
salist Association does not Hochberg of Herzl AZA,
belong to the National Windsor, to coordinate the
Council of Churches be- BBYO Kickoff Dance,
cause of that council's re- which will be held Oct. 3;
quirement for membership and Jeff Roth of Rose AZA to
of an affirmation to recog- coordinate the Leadership
nizing Jesus Christ as the Training Institute (LTI),
Lord and Savior.
which will be held at Camp
"Theologically, Unita- Tamarack Oct. 23-25.
rian Universalists have
Michigan BBYOers who
often found themselves in will attend the three-week
sympathy with the international leadership
Jewish religious tradi- training conference at the
tion that claims that the Bnai Brith Perlman Camp
Messiah has not yet in Starlight, Pa., are: Beth
come.
Berman of Erani BBG;.
The denomination has Andrea Berk of Yachad
also consistently supported BBG, Windsor; Marc
Israel's right to exist."
Landau of Samson AZA;
With his letter, Mr.
Kevin Gersten of Posen:-
Gelsey sent a copy of a letter
AZA; and Jeff Kowalsky of
by Terry D. Butters of the
Hart AZA.
Stringham Missionary
Attending the two-week
Church to President Re-
chapter leadership training
agan on the sale of weapons
conference at the Bnai Brith
to the Saudis. His letter fol-
Beber Camp in Muk-
lows in part:
wonago, Wis., are Roberta
"I am concerned that our Mock of Yachad BBG,
policy of support for Israel is Windsor; Sandy Freedman
slowly changing. It appears of Ahavah BBG; Andy Kol-
that we just like the British lin of Akiba AZA; Julie Weil
are bending to the pressure of Savage BBG; Lisa Stein
of Arab oil. You are well of Yachad BBG, Windsor;
aware of how the British Missy Remeer of Shoshanna
changed their view of a BBG; Mark Kaplan of Her-
homeland for the Jews and zel AZA, Windsor; and
gave away over half of the Cheryl Slutsky of
Mandate. They were more Shoshanna BBG.
concerned with the welfare
of their economy than the
Conscience is God's vic-
rights of people who for cen-
eregent
on earth.
turies had been denied even

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