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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-08-14

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Chief Rabbi Warns Archeologists

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you think we are really
grave robbers? Do you think
we are just excavating
grounds like these just to
find bones and throw them
to the dogs?" he asked. "If
we find human bones, we
deal with them according to
law, but just because you
might find bones, not to ex-
cavate at all?"
The Department of An-
tiquities confirmed that
human bones found are al-
ways passed on to the reli-
gious authorities for rebu-
Goren says he stopped
work at the City of David
site because Shilo had
broken a promise to have

a rabbinical supervisor
constantly at the site,
even though he knew all
bones had been removed
from the area decades
ago by other non-Israeli
archeologists. He said he
feared that present work
might spill over to a new
site where graves might
be found.

Shilo responded by saying
he could not carry on his re-
search work under such
conditions. "An archeologi-
cal dig or site is not like a
kosher hotel or restaurant,
with a mashgiakh," he said.
Shilo said he would con-
tinue his work at the site,
for which he has received

full government approval,
and charged Goren with
"ulterior motives" in trying
to stop the work.
"They have their own
reasons for declaring this
site as a cemetery. They are
using a religious pretext to
move in a political way,"
Shilo said.
Asked if this might not
mean the end of archeologi-
cal research in Israel, Goren
replied, "This is their prob-
lem. A place where there is
a chance of finding Jewish
graves will not be touched
without our orders —
regulations . . . even if',
means stopping digging in
Israel altogether."

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rorist movements are a
threat to republics and con-
stitutional monarchies,
which are attempting a de-
licate balance between lib-
erty and self-government,
with the constant danger of
slippling off into either
anarchy or repression of
legitimate dissent.
Despotisms and dictator-
ships do not have the prob-
lem: the established ideol-
ogy or creed is alone allowed
to be heard, and all dissent
—whether civil or terrorist
— is crushed.
A major series has re-
cently been published in a
leading German news-
paper, Die Welt, showing
the connection between the
internal terrorist threat
and international net-
works. By and large Claire
Sterling's position is sound:
there is an international
terrorist network within
which members of the most
diverse political/ideological
bands can find assistance in
plying their trade.
Spanish fascists have
supplied Italian Red
Brigades with automatic
pistols. German neo-
Nazis have been trained
in "leftwing" PLO camps
in Lebanon. Separatists
in Spain have been
equipped by Libyans,
passing Russian-made
To the average reader,
like the average journalist,
raised on "leftwing" and
"rightwing" dichotomies
since the sophomore year in
high school, this coopera-
tion across political lines
and ideologies is confusing.
The point is that "leftw-
ing" and "rightwing" are
senseless terms in many if
not most situations — in-
cluding Lebanon, including
Spain, including the inter-
national terrorist networks.
At least until they come to
power in a given country,
the goal of the terrorists,
whatever their "line," is to
de-stabilize a society.
We should never forget
that Stalin ordered the KPD
(German Communists) to
withhold their attacks on
Hitler's Nazi Party and con-
centrate on destroying the
Social Democrats.- To both


fascist and Communist the
"liberals" and "consymps"
and "social democrats" and
the "New Dealers" are the
enemy to be destroyed, for
occupying the middle
ground, they offer a viable
alternative- to dictatorship.
The terrorists, unlike
freedom-fighters, attack
women shoppers, school
children, unarmed dip-
lomats, medical convoys,
Olympic athletes. Their
goal is to de-stabilize a
society, to make it anx-
ious and restless, to
throw it off balance.
Freedom-fighters, by con-
trast, are soldiers not in uni-
form who attack military
targets, harassing a de-
spotism, a military occupa-
tion, military installations.
Reasonable people can
disagree as to whether
freedom-fighters are fight-
ing for the right goals. It
could be argued, for exam-
ple, that the Tories were
right at the time of the
American Revolution. Or it
could be argued that India
was better off as a British
colony than it was after
Gandhi's movement at-
tained its goal.
But no one can argue de-
cently that terrorists are
right in their actions, what-
ever their goals.
The problem with ter-
rorist movements is that
they sometimes come to
power, and then there are
terrorist governments. Idi
Amin, the black Hitler, was
not an isolate, although no
one would know otherwise
who depended upon the in-
fantile journalism that "ex-
plains" such matters.
In fact, Idi Amin came to
power in a primitive, tribal
society because, he was a
leader in one of the secret
Muslim brotherhoods that
controlled the Muslim sec-
tor of Uganda's population.
That sector was only eight
percent of the total popula-
tion, but it was the best or-
ganized and the most ruth-
Using his cohorts, he
killed or expelled the
Hindu traders, murdered
the top court and par-
liamentary and adminis-
trative opposition lead-
ers, and became
president of the Organ-
ization of African States.
His visit to the UN Gen-

eral Assembly, the
obscene mob that "repre-
sents" governments of
most of which are at Idi
Amin's level of civiliza-
tion, was greeted with
wild enthusiasm.
Many of the governments
in the world today are ter-
rorist in origin and actively
sponsor terrorist move-
ments. Libya, closely tied to
the Soviet Union, is a good
example. Syria, which has
taken over Lebanon and is
now destroying the rem-
nants of Christian resis-
tance to the takeover, is an-
other. Cuba, which supplies
mercenaries for the Rus-
sians in both Africa and
Latin America, is another.
The human tragedy is
such that masses of suffer-
ing humanity often pass
from one misery to another.
The Czarist regimes in Rus-
sia were wicked, degenerate
and anti-Semitic, and de-
served to be overthrown.
But the Soviets have proved
to be more cruel, less effi-
cient, just as relentlessly
anti-Semitic, equally hos-
tile to liberty and self-
In Iran, the suffering
masses have exchanged a
20th Century enlightened
despot for a Ninth Century
unenlightened despot.
What is needed is some
intelligent planning as to
how republics and con-
stitutional monarchies
can crush terrorist
movements before they
come to power, and with-
out crippling the rights of
loyal citizens.
At Hebrew University's -
convocation in early July,
former U.S. Vice President
"Fritz" Mondale was one of
the speakers (and hon-
orees). He called for an in-
ternational conference on
the problem of terrorism.
Dr. Gideon Hausner, p
secutor of Eichmann (pr
inent figure in a terro
movement, the Nazi Party)
and chairman of Yad Vas-
hem, will be in Philadelphia
in October to lecture on ter-
rorism. (The National Insti-
tute on the Holocaust is
sponsoring his lecture.)
The problem can be
solved: terrorism, an inter-
nal and an international
threat to human liberty,
dignity, integrity, can be
put out of business.

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