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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-08-06

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

6 Friday, August 6, 1982

Sen. Levin Urges 'Americans' to Speak Out on Behalf of Israel

(Continued from Page 1)
Camp David peace process.
No one disputes the fact
that the PLO has compli-
cated the search for peace —
and there should be no
doubt about the benefit to

American interests that re-
sult from the removal of the
PLO as a military obstacle
to the peace process."
Levin reminded the audi-
ence of the PLO's arrogance
in "celebrating" the death of

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Anwar Sadat of Egypt, of its
role in killing 100,000
Lebanese and making up to
one million more homeless.
He then asked why
American public opinion
has turned against Israel
since its invasion of
Lebanon. He said this
was a natural result of ex-
' tensive media coverage
of the war, the resulting
damage and the casual-
ties.
He reminded the crowd of
. Israel's efforts to minimize
casualties, of warning the
civilians to leave Sidon and
Tyre before it attacked PLO
bases in those cities. "Yet,
Americans continue to focus
on the immediate events
that they see, rather than
their causes," he said. He
asked the Jewish commu-
nity to continually remind
America of the issues:
The PLO usurping of
power in Lebanon and its
seven-year war against
Lebanese civilians; and also
what the PLO in Lebanon
did to Israel — "The same
Yasir Arafat who now ar-
ranges to be photographed
kissing babies seemingly
each day, would, in the dark
of night, send his troops of
killers out to rain terror
down on Israeli babies.
"There is a fundamental
moral differnce„." Levin

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MEXICO CITY (JTA) —
Israel's war with the Pales-
tine Liberation Organiza-
tion flared at the interna-
tional conference on cul-
tural rights convened here,
by the United Nations Edu-
cational, Scientific and Cul-
tural Organization (UN-
ESCO).
anti-Israel
Bitter
speeches by Arab delegates
and their Communist bloc
and Third World allies
dominated the sessions de-
spite a plea by Mexico's
Minister of Education and
Culture, Fernando Solana,
to the delegates not to
"politicize" the conference.
Arab charges against Is-
rael were answered by
equally fierce counter
charges by the Israeli dele-
gate, Eliezer Shmueli, and
the representatives of in-
ternational Jewish organ-
izations attending the con-
ference as non-
governmental consulting
agencies.
The angry exchanges
are widely covered by the
Mexican news media and
television which have
been sharply critical of
Israers actions in Leba-

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duced Sen. Levin. She told
the audience that the
Jewish community is at a
cross-roads facing many
threats, including anti-
Semitism, anti-Israelism
and biased news coverage.
"Our unity is vital," she
said. "Your presence today
says that you understand
that message. We must
spread that message."
Cantor Chaim Najman of
Cong. Shaarey Zedek
opened the rally by singing
the national anthems. The
Prayer for the State of Israel
was read by Rabbi Stanley
Rosenbaum of Cong. Bnai
Moshe, president of the
Rabbinical Commission of
Metropolitan Detroit.

Nazi Incident

Fails to Mar
Israel Rally

A group of 10 swastika-
emblazoned members of the
SS Action Group of West-
land gathered on top of
Hamilton Hill in the south-
east corner of Shepherd
Park at 1:45 p.m. Sunday,
45 minutes before the start
of the annual Yiddish Con-
cert in the Park which pre-
ceded the Solidarity Rally
With Israel.
Oak Park city officials
had received a letter from
the Nazis on July 26 which
said the Nazis planned to be
at the park from 2 p.m. to 3
p.m. on Sunday. The Nazis
did not ask for, nor was a
permit issued, for their
demonstration.
The Nazis stayed atop the
hill for appoximately an
hour, taunting spectators
who were kept at the bottom
of the small hill by a line of
Oak Park Public Safety offi-
cers.
It was reported that at
one point a member of the
crowd urged the spec-

tators to return to the
concert, a quarter of a
mile away on the north
side of the park, in order
to deny the Nazis the
"media publicity they are
seeking." Many repor-
tedly returned to the con-
cert, where a majority of
the people were unaware
of the Nazi incident.
Taunting continued,
however, and the Nazis left
the park when the jeering
crowd at the base of the hill
began throwing rocks. V- -
dows in the Nazis' van ‘. ,
broken as the Nazis were
leaving and Dr. Marc
Chicorel was arrested for
punching one of the Nazis.
He was charged with as-
sault and battery.
Angry members of the
crowd, including members
of the Jewish Defense
League, attended a meeting
of the Oak Park City Coun-
cil on Monday evening,
complaining about the city
and police handling of the
incident.

Local News
Coverage Was
Hit-and-Miss

Local television and
newspaper coverage of Sun-
day's events was interest-
ing. WDIV-TV (Ch. 4) and
WXYZ-TV (Ch. 7) gave ex-
tensive coverage to the Sol-
idarity With Israel Rally,
but did not mention the
Nazi incident. WJBK-TV
(Ch. 2) gave considerable
coverage to the Nazis and
only briefly mentioned the
rally.
Similar coverage was
given in Monday's Detroit
Free Press to the events,
with barely a mention of
Sen. Levin's speech.
The Detroit News gave no
coverage to either event.

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said, "between the loss of
innocent life which is an un-
intended by-product of war,
and the conscious decision
to target innocent life as a
tool of terrorism.
"We need to make that
point. And we need to
make it a point to tell the
story of the villages in
northern Israel. We need
to talk about the fear that
infected those villages
near the border, about
the families that were de-
stroyed . .."
Sen. Levin asked what
the U.S. response would be
in a similar situation.
"Would the U.S. allow Cuba
to attack Florida for seven
years?"
He concluded his speech
by chastising those who
favor remaining silent on
the issues in feai of stirring
up anti-Semitism or repris-
als against Israel.
He said all Americans are
threatened, America's
interests are threatened, if
American Jews are afraid to
speak out. He urged
everyone in the audience to
write to their elected offi-
cials, to publicly proclaim
their beliefs, "whatever
they are, that seek to
strengthen this beloved
land of ours."
David Lebenbom,
president of the Jewish
Community Council,
opened the rally on be-
half of the Leadership
Task Force, a coalition of
14 local Jewish organiza-
tions which sponsored
the rally.
Lebenbom described the
rally and coalition efforts as
"a community effort to sup-
port Israel in a time of
crisis."
Dulcie Rosenfeld, vice
president of the Jewish Wel-
fare Federation of Met-
ropolitan Detroit, intro-

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UNESCO is being asked creased its requirements
by the PLO to endorse a for the study of Arabic.
massive falsification of bi- "Israel is virtually
blical history in order to unique in that its Arab
"legitimize the unchanging teachers teach the Arab
PLO objective of destroying minority their own Ian-
the state of Israel," charged guage, culture and his-
Philip Lax, chairman of the tory and their first Ian-
International Council of guage and culture," he
Bnai Brith, one of the non- said. He urged the dele-
governmental agencies gates not to submit to
with official status • at the "cultural piracy" or to
conference. He told a press PLO efforts to rewrite
conference that his delega- history.
In addition to the Bnai
tion was distressed to find
"a measure of support for Brith, other delegations
this massive fraud" among fighting the Arab charges
the delegates, including include the World Jewish
some from Latin American Congress, the International
countries. _ League for Human Rights
Lax said one of the claims and the Central Jewish
being made by the PLO is Committee of Mexico.
that Jesus and St. Paul were Peres in U.S.
not Jews but Palestinian
JERUSALEM (JTA) —
Arabs. The PLO has also Labor Party leader Shimon
transformed the ancient Peres said he would "strive
and long extinct Amorites, to stress uniting elements"
Hittites and others into in public appearances in the
Palestinian Arabs, he said. U.S. over the next 10 days
"In the guise of promoting where he will take part in
Palestinian Arab culture, Israel's emergency appeal.
the PLO appears intent on During his visit, he will
wiping out official inter- meet with Vice President
governmental reference to George Bush, Secretary of
the historic culture of the State George Shultz and
Jews;" Lax said.
other Administration and
He noted that in con- Congressional figures in
trast, - Israel has just in- Washington.

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