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January 01, 1982 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-01-01

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14 Friday, January 1, 1982


Polish Authorities Release Warsaw Ghetto Survivor

NEW YORK (JTA) — weeks ago.
Rabbi Alexander Schin-
The release of Dr. Marek
Edelman, one of the last dler, president of the Union
surviving leaders of the of American Hebrew Con-
Warsaw Ghetto uprising, gregations, had intervened
has been confirmed by with the Polish authorities
Polish refugee sources in on Edelman's behalf.
Paris. Schindler had earlier cabled
He was one of several Polish Prime Minister and
thousao“:1 Solidarity offi- Communist Party chief
cials arrested when the Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski to
Polish government imposed order Edelman's "im-
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to the refugee sources he
was freed last week.
Meanwhile, in
Washington, representa-
tives of Bnai Brith Inter-
national and the Ameri-
can Jewish Committee
met with Polish officials
at the Polish Embassy.
At the invitation of the
embassy officials, who had
earlier refused to meet with
the Jewish spokespersons,
Warren Eisenberg and
George Spectre, director
and associate director, re-
spectively, of the Interna-
tional Council of Bnai
Brith,and George Szabad, a
vice president, and Hyman
Bookbinder, Washington
representative of the AJ-
Committee, called on the
Polish government to dis-
avow publicly all anti-
Semitic actions.
Embassy press counselor
Lucjian Mieczkowski told
the Jewish representatives
that Polish policy "remains
the same as it was last
March" when the govern-
ment headed by then Com-
munist Party secretary
Stanislaw Kania re-
pudiated anti-Semitism fol-


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Eyal Hits Polish

The anti-Jewish drive in Po-
land is a proof that anti-
Semitism can exist without
Jews, Eli Eyal, head of the
World Zionist Organization
information department
said in a communique circu-
lated among Jewish com-
munities overseas.
He referred to recent pub-
lications in Poland associat-
ing Solidarity with "subver-
sive Zionist elements."
The number of Jews pre-
sently living in Poland is es-
timated at 5,000, half of
them married to non-Jews,
and the rest elderly people.
He charged that anti-
Semitism and anti-Zionism
have become tools in the
hands of the Communist re-
gime to divert attention
from the real issues.

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lowing an anti-Jewish rally
in Warsaw.
He said he would forward
the Bnai Brith and AJ-
Committee statement
Which asked the govern-
ment to reaffirm the March
In a related develop-
ment, the International
Network of Children of
Jewish Holocaust Sur-
vivors condemned the
recent rise of anti-
Semitism in Poland and
called on all "freedom-
conscious elements
within Poland to fight the
neo-fascist resurgence of
anti-Semitism in the land
of Auschwitz, Treblinka
and Maidanek."
Menahem Rosensaft,
chairman of the network,
said signs of a rise in anti-
Semitism in Poland include
anti-Jewish propaganda on
radio and television and re-
ports that Jews were being
turned away from bread
Rosensaft, the son of
Polish Jews, recalled that
Polish anti-Semitism was
not a new phenomenon.
"Forty years ago," he said,
"the Polish people watched
in silence as our grandpa-
rents were murdered and
our parents persecuted. To-
day, apparently the few re-
maining Jews in Poland are
once again being vic-
The network was formed
at the World Gathering of
Jewish Holocaust survivors
in Jerusalem last June.
* * *

project of the New York
Association of New Ameri-
cans (NYANA) to enlist
doctors to provide free med-
ical treatment to newly-
arrived Soviet. Jewish refu-
gees in Queens has enrolled
more than 200 doctors who
have provided treatment to
some 110 Russian Jews
since last July, according to
Arthur Chernick, NYANA


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Emeritus, JTA

(Copyright 1982, JTA, Inc.)

motivations of President Reagan in suspending the U.S.
strategic cooperation agreement concluded with Israel only
about a month ago, it is obvious that his anger was aroused
not so much by Israel's new law to put the Golan Heivr -
under civil Israeli administration — which is interpret,
as annexation — as by the fact that the Israel government
did not take him into its confidence to inform him in ad-
vance of this planned act.
President Reagan failed to realize that while Israel is
the greatest friend the United States has in the Middle East
— in fact an ally — it is nevertheless a sovereign country
making its own laws. There is justified fear in Israel that
plans entrusted prematurely to the United States govern-
ment can leak out through Arab sympathizers in the State
President Reagan seems to be especially offended by
the fact that Israel's Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, who
signed the American-Israel strategic cooperation agree-
ment in Washington last month, did not even hint of the
planned annexation of the Golan Heights. Nor did Israel's
Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir when he was on a
friendly visit in Washington.
It is obvious that had the Israel government confided in
the White House or in the State Department in advance its
plan to annex the Golan Heights, the government would
have been strongly "advised" by Washington to abstain
from doing it. The possibility that Syria will emulate Egypt
and come to an understanding with Israel is very remote.
The Syrian government still calls for the annihilation of
Israel. Rejecting "advice" from Washington to abstain from
action on the status of the Golan Heights would undoub-
tedly have antagonized President Reagan more than Is-
rael's action in putting before him a fait accompli which
will be straightened out with the march of time.
It is worth noting that Golan was not a part of Syria
before World War I. The area, as well as all the territories
in the Middle East, was at that time under Turkish rule for
exactly 400 years.
Jewish history tells us that this region was inhabited
by the tribes of Menashe and Dan, and later ruled by King
David, who fortified it. From the days of King Solomon,
Israel and Aram — a northern neighbor — struggled over
the possession of the Golan. In the course of several wars
the region passed from hand to hand. Jews began settling
there again in the Second Century BCE.
A STEP LONG OVERDUE: I was on the Golan
Heights 24 hours after the Israeli military forces entered
there. I have seen the heavy artillery and the huge disabled
Soviet tanks with the names of the Soviet factories painted
on their fronts in Russian which the Syrian army left in a
hurry during its retreat.
I admit I was puzzled all the years since then why the
government of Israel did not annex the Golan Heights area
outright for the sake of Israel's security. The conquest of the
heights opened a new life for the settlers in the lowland
section of the Lake Kinneret region. No longer were the
colonists afraid of day and night attacks. No longer were
mothers ever watchful for evacuation to underground shel-
ters. Normal life in the settlements was restored after more
than 19 years of actual siege.
I.am not a specialist in international jurisprudence;
however, I have seen wars and have never known of any
conquered territory being returned by the victorious to the
losers. After World War I, none of the countries which lost
territory received it back. During World War II, the Soviet
government annexed a number of Polish cities, including
the city of Lwow, and never returned them to Poland even
though a Communist government was established there
after the country was liberated from Nazi occupation.
Nor did the Kremlin return to Communist Czechos-
lovakia the Carpathian region which it annexed. Neither
did Communist Romania receive back the province of P
sarabia which the Soviets annexed after the Nazi an
Israel agreed to return to Egypt the Sinai — where
Israel invested heavy capital to develop oil fields during the
occupation period — only after Egypt recognized the state
of Israel. The rulers of Syria refused to follow the example
of Egypt, and even condemned it.
Today, Syria is the most extreme enemy of Israel
among Arab countries. It is the center where the Palestine
Liberation Organization trains its terrorists against Israel
and Lebanon. It supplies the terrorists with arms which it
receives from the Soviet. Union. It speaks constantly of
amaihilation of Israel. It has stationed missiles on its border
pointing them at Israel and endangering Israel's security.
It is ignoring Israel's demand to remove them. Under such
circumstances, why should Israel wait longer with the an-
nexation of the Golan Heights?


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