of WSU Press
Commentary, Page 2
THE JEWISH NEWS
A Week1N Review
Is There a
Road to Peace
and What Are
to Be Hurdled?
of Jettitsh Events
Editorial, Page 4
Copyright ,o) The Jewish News Publishing Co.
VOL. LXXIX, No. 25
17515 W. Nine Mile, Suite 865, Southfield, Mich. 48075 424-8833
$15 Per Year: This Issue 35`
August 21, 1981
Propaganda on AWACS Sale
Shadows OK for Israeli Jets
Senior Housing Planned
for Jewish Center Site
Zoning approval by West Bloomfield Township will enable
Jewish Federation Apartments to proceed with plans for site
development at Maple and Drake roads, adjacent to the Jewish
The approval will pave the way for a commitment of $4.3
million in funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Announcement of progress in planning for a new three-story
structure to house senior citizens was made by Jack A. Robinson,
president of Jewish Federation Apartments; Joseph H. Jackier,
president of United Jewish Charities, which acquired the land for
communal purposes years ago; and George M. Zeltzer, president
of the Jewish Welfare Federation, of which the Apartments and
Charities are member agencies.
Although planning for the
apartments is not yet com-
pleted, HUD and West Bloom-
field approval will permit
Jewish Federation Apartments
to move ahead with the next ph-
ase, Robinson said. Toward that
end, Samuel Hechtman, JFA
past president, has been named
chairman and Sheldon P. Win-
kelman co-chairman of the
agency's building committee
and Nicholas Pastor and Asso-
ciates hired as architects.
Hechtman played a prominent
role in construction of JFA's
Prentis Towers in Oak Park,
and Winkelman is vice
president of the agency.
Robinson said a fall ground breaking is anticipated, with
occupancy in the fall of 1982. It is expected that the existing
Jewish Federation Apartments waiting list will serve as a base
for admission, so those who already have applied for admission to
the Oak Park facility do not have to reapply.
Those who wish to submit an application for the first time
may call the JFA office. An application blank will be mailed out.
Mandell L. Berman and Dr. Conrad L. Giles chair a commit-
tee which has been developini; a ry aster plan for the Maple-Drake
site for the use of those Federation agencies most concerned with
geriatric services. JFA is the first to receive West Bloomfield's
zoning approval. Other agencies involved are the Jewish Com-
munity Center, Jewish Home for Aged and Sinai Hospital.
WASHINGTON — Extensive propaganda surfacing this week in the U.S. urging Congressional
approval for the sale of Airborne Warning and Control Systems aircraft to Saudi Arabia has tempered
the announcement that the Reagan Administration has lifted its embargo on sending F-15 and F-16
fighter-bombers to Israel.
In addition to a lengthy opinion piece in Newsweek magazine written by an American with
business ties in Saudi Arabia, a 16-page publication supporting the sale was distributed to Washing-
ton opinion makers -by a Washington lawyer who is counsel to the Saudi Embassy.
The pamphlet, printed on glossy paper and containing color photographs and maps,
was distributed to members of Congress and the press by Frederick Dutton, who served
President John Kennedy as a White House aide. His office said 7,500 copies of "Why Saudi
Arabia Needs AWACS" have been distributed. Dutton is registered as a Saudi agent in the
The pamphlet cited Israel's June 7 bombing of Iraq's nuclear reactor in Baghdad, and noted that
an Israeli strike at Saudi oilfields would not involve a much longer flight.
The pamphlet disputed statements by Israeli officials that the AWACS could be used to scan and
photograph Israel's defenses on behalf of such Arab enemies as Iraq. The pamphlet contended that the
AWACS radar equipment could not take "photos, see tanks or other ground targets, detect low-flying
planes beyond 200 miles or collect electronic data.
The pamphlet said the AWACS' only function would be to detect air or naval attacks on Saudi
Arabian oil installations in time for Saudi planes to provide an effective defense.
- Two Republican Senators, speaking at the national convention of Hadassah in New York, told
the delegates they would continue their opposition to the sale of AWACS to the Saudis. The two were
Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.) and Sen. Alfonse D'Amato (R-N.Y.).
President Reagan will send Congress on Monday the informal notification of the
AWACS sale. But State De-
partment spokesman Dean
Fischer said last Friday that
the 50-day period in which
Congress may reject the
proposed sale will not actu-
BONN (JTA) — The opposition Christian Democratic Union
ally start until after Con-
(CDU) has charged that four German neo-Nazis, trained by the Pales-
tine Liberation Organization in Lebanon had the help of the West
gress returns from its sum-
German Embassy in Beirut despite the fact that they had criminal
mer recess in September.
records and were wanted by the authorities.
U.S. Secretary of State Ale-
Carl-Dieter Spranger, the CDU expert on interior policies,
Haig made the an-
charged that the Social Democratic government of Chancellor
nouncement on Tuesday of re-
Helmut Schmidt was guilty of "dangerous neglect" in dealing
_ sumption of aircraft deliveries
with recent revelations of military cooperation between West
to Israel after meeting in Los
German neo-Nazis and the PLO.
Spranger said that the annual report of the Federal Service for
Angeles with President Reagan
Domestic Security disproved the reply by Interior Minister Gerhard
and Defense Secretary Caspar
Baum to the charge in a key detail. That detail, Spranger declared, was
Baum's assertion that the four neo-Nazis had established that they had
Haig said that the cease-fire
no criminal records and received help from the embassy in Beirut on
across the Israeli-Lebanese
border has brought a "positive
Baum confirmed that an unspecified number of German neo-Nazis
new element" to the Middle
received PLO military training in an Al Fatah camp near Beirut and
German Embassy Aided
(Continued on Page 5)
Arab Myth of Deir Yassin Answered
By YITZHAQ BEN-AMI
(Editor's note: This article is excerpted from Ben-Ami's book, "Years of Wrath —
Days of Glory," to be published in New York in October by Robert Speller and Sons.)
Flora Lewis' uncalled for resurrection of the Deir Yassin myth (New York Times, Aug. 7,
1981), brings to mind the initial "horror story."
On Sunday,morning, April 11, 1948, I flinched when I read the newspaper headlines in
New York: "Jews Attack Village of Deir Yassin. Massacre of Civilians Reported. Irgun and
According to the New York Times, Deir Yassin was a "peaceful village" whose "civilian
population" had been "massacred by terrorists."
I knew Deir Yassin well from the late 1920s and 1930s. As early as 1929, Arab marauders
from the village of Kalandia had attacked Motza, a Jewish settlement founded in 1894, while
Arab bands from Deir Yassin and Lifta cut off the Jewish relief force that tried to reach it. The
Makleff family, one of Motza's oldest and most respected families, was massacred.
In 1936, when I commanded an Irgurr defense position in Givat Shaul, one of
Jewish Jerusalem's suburbs, we thwarted constant attacks on our homes from Deir
Yassin. We disinterred our "illegal" weapons every night and waited, while the Jewish
supplementary police repulsed infiltrators again and again.
(Continued on Page 6)
(Continued on Page 12)
Bar-Ilan Med. Research
Fund Created by Lakers
An important research fund has been established
at Bar-Ilan University by the Laker family of Detroit.
The Sarah and Harry Laker Science Research Fund
will be used to support Bar-Ilan's extensive medical
research, a program currently undergoing great ex-
pasion. Announcement was made by Dr.
Leon Fill, vice
president of the univer-
sity's American Board
of overseers and a
member of its global
board of trustees.
Sarah and Harry
Laker have long been
active in the business
and communal affairs
of Metropolitan De-
(Continued on Page 7)