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June 18, 1982 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-06-18

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6 Friday, Jule 18, 1982

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ZOA Commends Reagan Assessment of Israel's Actions

(Continued from Page 1)
National Exedutive Corn-
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The state of Israel has
struck a major blow against
the 'scourge of terrorism'
which President Reagan re-
cently and properly said
plagued the Middle East. By
its action in Lebanon, Israel
has bravely confronted the
terrorist PLO which has
demonstrated its contempt
for human life by the in-
humane shelling of Israel's
civilian population centers
in its continuing violent ob-
jective aimed at destroying
the Jewish state.
"Spokesmen for the
United States have cor-
rectly assessed that Is-
rael has legitimate griev-
ances in confronting PLO
aims. This indicates that
the Administration has
an enlightened under-
standing of the reasons
which prompted Israel to

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act in the face of the de-
teriorating situation in
Lebanon which could no
longer be ignored.
"Contrary to other ad-
ministrations which did not
fully understand that Israel
must act in its own defense
for the security of its land
and people, we are
gratified that this Ad-
ministration has main-
tained, and trust will con-
tinue to maintain, this cor-
rect and constructive posi-
tion. Hopefully, other West-
ern democracies will follow
America's example.
"We urge our government
to sympathetically under-
stand that Israel's action
against international ter-
rorists is in the long range
interest of the United States
and the free world. It
should, therefore, reject
those who would undermine
this new opportunity to
achieve stability in the
Middle East.
"We urge the President
and his advisers to recog-
nize that the PLO Cove-
nant, a blueprint for the an-
nihilation of Israel, can now
be replaced by a blueprint
for peace which will restore
Lebanon as a sovereign na-
tion, while recognizing the
reality of Israel and
safeguarding its people
from terrorist assault.
"We believe that Is-
rael's action against the
PLO in Lebanon pro-
vides responsible world
leaders, led by President
Reagan, the opportunity
to voice a powerful plea
to the moderate Arabs of
Judea, Samaria and Gaza
to act courageously in
their own self interest. No
longer should the Arab
people feel intimidated
by the terrorist PLO.
With the encouragement
and leadership of the
United States, let them
come forward to
negotiate with Israel to

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secure a safe and creative
future for all the peoples
in the area.
"Let our government
grasp the moment and in-
sist that the sovereignty of
Lebanon as a free and
democratic nation be re-
established. This requires
the necessary safeguards to
prevent the reappearance of
the PLO and the with-
drawal of the Soviet-
dominated Syrian forces
which have served to de-
stabilize the area and which
bears the responsibility for
so much bloodshed and
strife.
"The civilized world has
witnessed how a responsible
democratic Jewish state, in
spite of severe circum-
stances, risked the lives of
its citizen-soldiers who took
unprecedented steps to
shelter and protect Arab
Moslems and Christian civi-
lian populations, not-
withstanding the dangers
they, themselves, faced.
"We commend the brave
acts of the Israel Defense
Forces and the leaders of Is-
rael. Their actions will be
recorded in the annals of
history as a noble defense of
the rights of democratic na-
tions to remain free and
safe, thereby reducing fu-
ture threats of war and
avoiding further confronta-
tions."
The NEC sessions
commenced at the
Sheraton-Southfield with
the Sabbath eve dinner
Friday and with a pro-
gram which included an
address by President
Novick and the installa-
tion of new officers of the
Detroit District of the
ZOA, headed by Irving
Laker as the re-elected
president. -
Congressman Tom Corco-
ran of Illinois was guest
speaker at the Friday ses-
sion and discussed energy
problems. He indicated the
positive and negative as-
pects of current legislative
discussions as they affect Is-
rael.
Nicholas Veliotes, assis-
tant secretary of state for
Near Eastern affairs, who
also was scheduled to ad-
dress the conference, did not
attend, "for obvious rea-
sons.
Harry Hurwitz, minister
of information at the Israel
embassy in Washington,

also was unable to attend
due to the new develop-
ments in Lebanon, and Wolf
Blitzer, prominent Wash-
ington correspondent and
Jerusalem Post columnist,
substituted for him at the
Brandeis Award luncheon
on Sunday.
Congressman Ed- Der-
winski of Illinois, in one
of the principal ad-
dresses at the NEC ses-
sions, said, "The tragedy
of Lebanon is caused by
the Syrian - protected'
PLO presence in thRt
country, and the Is' i
military incursion h...o
Lebanon is a necessary
and long overdue move
protecting both Israeli
and long-term Lebanese
interests.
"As long as the PLO, with
Syrian military support,
maintains an autonomous
status within Lebanon and
uses the territory of that
country for attacks and
raids on Israel, an outbreak
of hostilities was inevita-
ble," Derwinski said. "As
long as the PLO has a major
uncontrolled presence in
Lebanon, the situation
there had the greatest
potential for causing an-
other Middle East war."
Tribute to the memory of
Richard Kramer and Dr.
Jack Greenberg, active
local Zionist leaders, was
paid by Paul Flacks, ZOA
national executive director.

Leading roles at the ses-
sions and in preparation for
the functions welcoming the
delegates were played by a
number of ZOA-Detroit Dis-
trict activists under the
leadership of ZOD
President Irving Laker;
Sidney Silverman, chair-
man of the ZOD executive
committee;. Mrs. I. Walter
Silver, Dr. and Mrs. Sidney
Leib, Dr. Maxwell Hoffman
and their assisting commit-
tees.
Max Sosin was chairman
of the Friday night function.
Participants in the various
sessions included Anne
Silver, Marion H. Leib,
Leonard Herman, Dr. Sid-
ney Z. Leib, Harry Laker,
Rosalyn Kraus, Judge Ira
G. Kaufman, Judge Nor-
man Feder, Allan Silver-
man, Julius Ring, Cantor
Harold Orbach, Rabbi
Harold S. Loss, Louis.
Panush and Sidney Brand.

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NEW YORK (JTA) —
Appeals for greater Jewish
involvement in the growing
movement against nuclear
weapons were aired last
week by rabbis and lay
leaders.
The appeals were made at
a two-day conference on the
danger of nuclear war,
sponsored by the Emet
Foundation, a private foun-
dation in Los Angeles dedi-
cated to the advancement of
arts, sciences and
humanities. Some 140
people attended the confer-
ence, which coincided with
the opening of the Second

United Nations Special Ses-
sion on Disarmament.
Rabbi Irving Greenberg,
executive director of the
National Jewish Resou---=,
Center, which includ€
center for Holocaust re
search, said in an address to
the group that the post-
Holocaust generation must
"have the courage to project
the Jewish experience . . . as
a guideline — out of being
faithful to our own- experi-
ence and out of responding
to our own experience — to
have the courage then to
speak up with and to the
rest of the world."

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