14 Friday, July 9, 1982
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Three for Honor
TORONTO (JTA) —
Three Canadian Jews were
among the recipients of the
Order of Canada at the an-
nual Canada Day lists.
They are: Edwin A.
Goodman, 63; Harry Vei-
ner, 78; and Abby (Abigail)
Goodman is a Queens
Counsel and prominent in
the Progressive Conserva-
tive Party of Canada. Vei-
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Hat, Alberta, for many
Hoffman is a former track
star and now director of
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JERUSALEM (JTA) —
Interior Minister Yosef
Burg said that Israel's inva-
sion of Lebanon might
create better conditions for
the successful pursuit of the
Burg, who heads Israel's
team, said in an Army
Radio interview that many
residents of the West Bank
have concluded that the war
in Lebanon proved the
Organization and its politi-
cal line to be worthless.
They recognize that the
path chosen by the PLO has
resulted in "a tragedy for
the Arabs, for the people in
Lebanon," Burg said.
He suggested therefore
that the Palestinians in the
occupied territories now see
the autonomy negotiations
as their best hope. Now that
the PLO has been defeated,
there is a better chance to
find Palestinian moderates
willing to negotiate, Burg
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ECHOES OF LEBANON: It stands to reason that the
Christian world should be grateful to Israel for bringing
about the liberation of the Christian Arab population
Lebanon by smashing the Palestinian terrorists.
Christian Arabs in Lebanon — and even part of the
Moslem Arab population — rejoiced in Israel's victory.
THE PROTESTANT VIEW: The Christian Arab
population in Lebanon appreciates Israel's role in bringing
back freedom to the country, but this is not the case with
the Christian Church in the United States.
The National Council of Churches in this country —
the roof organization of various denominations in the Pro-
testant Church — which has never sought to protect Chris-
tian Arabs in Lebanon from the terror of the Palestine
Liberation Organization — continues to back the PLO even
A lengthy statement of policy on the Middle East by
the national council shows .'.efinite bias against Israel and
is strongly pro-Arab. It.goes as far as advocating that the
U.S. government should "start a dialogue" with the Pales-
tine Liberation Organization without committing the PLO
in advance to give up its goal of "annihilation of Israel."
There are more than 65 million Protestants in this
country. Many of them are not inclined to follow the policy
of the national council which favors the PLO; there are
even Protestant clergymen who participate in pro-Israel
meetings. Nevertheless, the position of the National Coun-
cil causes great concern among American Jewish leaders.
The National Council of Churches has a long record of
cooperative relationships with Jewish community rela-
tions agencies on a range of domestic issues. However, this
record has been marred in recent years by a strong current
of pro-Arab and anti-Israel sentiments among members of
its governing board. Many of these members are identified
with missionary movements in their respective churches,
which have large spiritual and material stakes in Arab
To counteract these sentiments, the National Jewish
Community Relations Advisory Council — the coordinat
ing body of 12 leading national Jewish organizations and
more than 110 local agencies engaged in intergroup rela-
tions — recommends now to its constituent groups to inten-
sify their efforts in seeking to involve Protestants exten-
sively in conversations about Israel, in the context of more
general discussions on matters of common concerns; also to
be prepared to discuss issues presented by the NCC state-
ment if and when the statement is introduced into such
dialogue by Protestant parties.
The Anti-Defamation League of Bnai Brith, in an
analysis Of the NCC statement is full of outspoken critique.
It goes into great length to prove that the statement "is
biased, irrelevant, an obstacle to peace," and that it sup-
ports terrorism by calling for the inclusion of the PLO in
responsible forums of government and church groups. It
minces no words in saying that the NCC call for a U.S.
government dialogue with the PLO, without PLO changes,
"merits the sharpest condemnation."
LEBANESE IN THE U.S.: The National Council of
Churches may not recognize the relief that Israel brought
for the Christian Arabs in Lebanon but the Lebanese in the
United States — American-born as well as naturalized
citizens — do, and they say so.
There are more than 2 million Americans of Lebanese
ethnicity, many of them members of the American
Lebanese League. The league has now addressed an appeal
to President Reagan indicating that Israel's victory over
the PLO in Lebanon opens "an unprecedented opportunity:,'__
to save Lebanon and rebuild it as a free democratic count]
with democratic elections of a president and a strong cen---'
tral government safeguarding Western interests in the
President Reagan is asked by the American Lebanese
League to seize this opportunity "that may not reoccur
again." The American Lebanese League urges him to
ensure the territorial integrity of Lebanon and the with-
drawal of remnants of the Palestine Liberation Organiza-
tion as well as Syrian military units from Lebanon.
The Catholic bishops in this country follow the Vatican
policy with regard to Israel namely — a strong affirmation
of Israel's right to sovereignty and to secure and recognized
borders, coupled with assertion of the right of the Palesti-
nians to a homeland. The Vatican continues to reject Is-
rael's claim to sovereighty over the undivided city ofJerus-
laem as its eternal capital. It is, however, strongly against