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December 18, 1981 - Image 16

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16 Friday, December 18, 1981

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

PLO Elects Itself With Bullets and Bombs

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diamo
for less

By REV. FRANKLIN
LITTELL

National Institute
on the Holocaust

PHILADELPHIA — On
Nov. 17 a representative act
of terrorism was carried out
by s the PLO. There is no
doubt who did the deed, for
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one to any office. Theirs is
"the truth that comes out of
the mouth of a gun," to use a
favorite axiom of interna-
tional terrorism. Their vic-
tim was Yussef al-IIhatib,
chairman of the Ramallah
district village league in
Samaria. He was ambushed
and fatally wounded in the
head; in the same incident
his 23-year-old son,
Khazem, was shot and kil-
led.
Al-Khatib was one of a
considerable number of
Arab village leaders who
have a representative man-
date, have cooperated with
Israel military government
in providing their villages
with schools, roads and elec-
tricity — services not avail-
able to them under the ear-
lier Jordanian occupation.
Hated by the "rejection
front," their lives openly
threatened by the PLO
radio in the Lebanon, be-
cause of their commit-
ment to peace, these Arab
leaders lay their lives on
the line. They have voted
for peace rather than war
in the Near East, and are
therefore subject to at-
tacks from the terrorist
bands and verbal attacks
from the PLO's fellow-
travelers and sponsors
abroad.
Al-Khatib was only the
latest in a long line of
genuine "moderates"
among the Arabs who have
been murdered or disabled
by the extremists. A year-
and-a-half ago, at the very
time a rigged "Near East
Panel" of the National
Council of Churches was
travelling through the Near
East holding "hearings" to
provide a public forum for
voices hostile to Israel, a
venerable sheikh in the
Gaza Strip was murdered in
the midst of his family. He
had never been so bold as to
cooperate on any projects
with the Israel military

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government. Nor had he
said anything against the
PLO.
His "crime" was that he
spoke favorably of the Camp
David peace accord between
Egypt and Israel. For this
he was brutally murdered
by the PLO.
After the "Near East
Panel" submitted its jaun-
diced report to the General
Board of the National
Council of Churches, the
General Board issued a pub-
lic statement acclaiming
the PLO as "the only or-
ganized voice of the Palesti-
nian people."
Apparently it never oc-
curred to these church
"statesmen" to consider
the process by' which the
PLO had made itself part
of the center stage group-
ing. And certainly it
never occurred to them to
make any mention of
those Arab leaders who
did have a genuine man-
date and were risking life
and limb to make peace
rather than war.
The panel report was
appeasement-oriented
through and through. By
1938, of course, the Nazi
Party was the "only or-
ganized voice" of the Ger-
man people! And the Cham-
berlins and Daladiers were
rushing to. appease the head
of the Nazi terrorist move-
ment, Adolf Hitler, with the
same servile spirit our con-
temporary appeasement
specialists show toward
Yasir Arafat and his gang.
In former times, before
there was any theory or
practice of popular

sovereignty yoked to fun-
damental individual liber-
ties, any government was
considered legitimate that
could hold on long enough to
be recognized by a number
of other governments. A
coup or revolution was "suc-
cessful" when the new ruler
was recognized by other
rulers.
This is still the predo-
minant theory in Interna-
tional Law. But such
theory accords despots and
dictators a standing to
which they have no mor
right, and it inspires reek
less and ruthless move-
ments to believe that any-
thing they may do is jus-
tified so long as they win the
power.
The PLO terrorists are
operating outside the
bounds of human de-
cency and civility. They
have no mandate now,
murder those who do
represent the villagers'
interests, and are incap-
able of ever fashioning a
government with rep-
resentative character
and guarantee of basic
liberties.
Those who support the
PLO and its actions tell us a
great deal about where they
themselves stand on democ-
racy and human " rights.
They don't tell us anything
about the PLO: the PLO has
many times made perfectly
clear what level of politics it
represents.

If peace cannot be main-
tained with honor, it is no
longer peace.
— Lord John Russell

Reagan Handled AWACS
Issue Carelessly: Bookbinder

WASHINGTON — Sev-
eral Jewish leaders have
expressed concern over
what they feel is a re-
surgence of anti - Semitism
in this country. In a recent
speech, Hyman Bookbinder
of the American Jewish
Committee said:
"In the last weeks of the
great debate on AWACS, an
insidious element was in-
jected and exploited.
"I surely do not accuse the
President or his associates
of anti-Semitism. But they
acted carelessly and insen-
sitively when they singled
out Israel and its American
friends as being inapprop-
riately involved in the de-
bate. It was chilling remin-
der of the age-old condition
that Jews have had to en-
dure: serving as scapegoats
for problems not of their
making.
"The Administration had
bungled into a dangerous
foreign policy problem, and
their likely defeat had to be
blamed on someone other
than themselves. In doing
so, they unwittingly gave
the anti-Semites some new
ammunition.

HYMAN BOOKBINDER

ominous turn. Jews were
being advised by some
well-intentioned people
that while they do have a
right to advocate their
point of view, it might be
best for the Jewish com-
munity to withdraw from
the battle if it was
avoid an anti-Semitic
backlash.
"Raw anti-Semitism is
bad enough, but at least we
have the right in our
American system to go out
and fight it, and to solicit
the understanding and sup-
port of non-Jews. But to let
the fear of anti-Semitism si-
lence us, to withdraw from
"Before the AWACS advocating what we believe
issue was finally resol-
is right, is to surrender to
ved, moreover, the issue the forces of hate. We have
of the 'Jewish Lobby' had no intention of taking such
taken a particularly* advice."

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