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July 30, 1982 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-07-30

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, July 30, 1982

19

Swedish Official Says Anti-Semitic
Attitude Clouds Europe View of Israel

JERUSALEM (JNI) —
"The only link between my
past and my present is Is-
rael," says Per Ahlmark,
former deputy prime minis-
ter of Sweden.
Still, Ahlmark, working
in Israel on his latest vol-
ume of poetry; faces am-
bivalence: "I'm not totally
at home in Israel because
'm not Jewish — that must
so. But I'm not at home in
4 u rope either because of its
attitudes toward Jews and
the Jewish state."
According to Ahlmark,
Israel has not been very
successful in the public re-
- lations- battle in Western
Europe: "Israel is measured
by a double standard. No
matter what. Israel does,
° she's condemned."
Ahlmark added that he
> believes "not-too-well-
hidden anti-Semitism"
plays a major role in this
public hostility.
"Hitler gave us a 40-year
interval when anti-
Semitism was too unfash-
ionable to be used." he ex-

,--,

plained. "But now it's, creep-
ing back under the guise of
anti-Israelism. We :must
learn to deal with it."
The former politician is
combatting anti-Semitism.
During this, his 18th Israel
visit, Ahlmark met with
government officials to
suggest the formation of an
ad hoc Scandinavian com-
mittee to investigate the
nature of the PLO reign in
Lebanon independently of
Israel sources.
"Scandinm.iians still be-
lieve the internationally-
quoted casualty figures,
which were inflated by 20
times," he exclaimed.
The Swede is also a
member of the , convening
committee of an interna-
tional conference against
anti-Zionism and anti-
Semitism to be held in Paris
in November, under the
patronage of the World
Zionist Organization's- de-
partment of information.

internationally-funded
investigation of the war
in Lebanon is .vital to
global understanding of
Israe"s military action.
"You can differ on the
wisdom of the war but, al-
though I don't take sides,
current attacks on Israel
are totally outrageous,"
he said. "I can't believe
my eyes when I read
monstrous parallels
drawn between Israel
and the Nazis."

Israelis also differ on the
conduct of the war, as
Ahlmark noted. "Still, any
other country would have
limited the opposition's
chances to speak out. The
fact that Israel may be the
first country in history to
preserve its democratic in-
stitutions during a war very
close to its border should be-
come a lesson for democ-
racies the world over."
it
does,
Whether
Ahlmark stressed, is a mat-
ter of correct strategy ane
active response.

Ahlmark maintained
that
discreet,

Attack on Jewish Agenda
Based on Fraudulent Letter

In a lengthy statement
charging that the Jewish
Defense League advertise-
ment in the July 23 issue of
The Jewish News was based
on a fraudulent and fake
letter from a defunct Pales-
tinian organization, the
Metropolitan Detroit Chap-
ter of New Jewish Agenda
(NJA) says its national
organization has asked for
federal action against- the
perpetrators of the letter.
The letter asserted Peace
Now and NJA were backed
by Palestinian organiza-
tions. The JDL advertise-
ment attacked the Jewish
organizations based on the
letter. The Jewish News

carried a story on Page 10
which exposed the letter
and the national action.
The -NJA statement this
week, signed by Edward C.
Pintzuk of the Detroit steer-
ing committee of NJA,
called for recognition of the
right of all Jews to hold dif-
fering opinions. His letter
further asserts:

"We believe — and
have long believed— that
30 years of war, ter"-
rorism, and violence in
the Middle East is too
much. We think that Jews
should try another route,
since no matter how
militarily strong Israel is,

Andrew Young Calls Israeli
Action in Lebanon Unfair

WASHINGTON (JTA) —
Atlanta Mayor Andrew
Young termed Israel's inva-
sion of Lebanon "uncalled"
for and unjustified and
warned that military action
in that country would not
destroy the Palestine Lib-
eration Organization. .
The former U.S. Ambas-
sador to the United Nations,
who resigned in 1979 fol-
lowing criticism of his un-
authorized contacts with
ho PLO observer at the
JN, told reporters, after
addressing the annual
meeting of the Home-based
Society for International
Development, that the PLO
"Is not just an organization,
it is an idea like Zionism
and can't be destroyed by
killing off a few people."
Young accused the Re-
agan Administration of
having a muddled Middle
East policy. "Both Israel
and this Administration
-have created such a mess in
the Middle East that it is
almost difficult to comment
on it," he said.

C

• ANDREW YOUNG

it has not been able to
- stop the terrorism which
plagues it.
"We don't want to see any
more Jews die as a result of
violence. We cannot with
good conscience sit here safe
in America and cheer on the
troops in Israel. We believe
that before there is one
more death, it must be clear
that there is no other way.
"What we do support on
this 'point is trying a new
course. We suggest that
people talk. Obviously there
are Israelis who agree with _
us on this point. But talk is
not easy under the circum-
stances: But then it was not
easy -for Sadat to take a
similar step.
"Surely there are Jews
with the courage and
vision of Sadat who will try
to break the cycle of vio-
lence. We are 'not Pollyan-
nas about this, but wars
have led only to more wars
and -so they will unless
every last Palestinian is de-
Clearly no Jews
would support a program
that would lead to the de--
struction of a people.
"We hope this clarifieS
this entire matter. Disagree
with us, agree with us — but
let's do it the way a mensh
does, not with lies."

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