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August 27, 1982 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-08-27

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Israel in Lebanon

Accumulated Summation
_ Villifying Condemnation
- And Defensive Responses

The Media and
War Blunders,
the Emerging
Role of

So much bitterness has been unleashed on Israel,
the war conducted to end the PLO terrorism inspired
so much hatred accompanied by reiterated threats to
Israel's existence, that serious Jewish concern over
such occurrences became a responsibility for 4srael's
defenders. Resort to "genocide," "holocaust," "fas-
cism" became commonplace in the judgment of Israel.
There are Jews in the ranks of the movements that
began to function under. the appellation of the quest
for peace and while it is a minority there is an Israeli
element that joins in such appeals while condemning

the Begin government.
In the process, lies began to spread and were
quoted as facts. Vituperative advertising pol-
luted the media. Biased interpretations of hap-
penings and exaggerations of the extent of the
damage caused by Israeli troops were treated as
facts in the press, radio and television.
While these manifestations were in progresS, Is-
rael gave evidence of its democratic principles. While
the fighting was going on, in a manner unique in the
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A Weekly Review

ininentary, Page 2

of Jewish Events

An Approach
to Peace
With a Sense
of Justice; Honor
and With Dignity

Editorial, Page 4

Copyright (c) The Jewish News Publishing Co.

VOL. LXXXI, No. 26

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August 27, 1982

Israel to Launch Peace Drive
After PLO, Syrian. Withdrawal

Israel Cheers News
of Gemayel's Election

JERUSALEM (JTA) — In an of-
ficial government response to the
election in Beirut on Monday of
Bashir Gemayel, the 34-year-old
Christian Maronite leader, as the
nex t, president of Lebanon, Israel
shad him success in his efforts
to re-establish Lebanese sover-
eignty and independence.
"We are happy that the
Lebanese people have taken the
right path, electing their new
president in a democratic proce 7
dure," a Foreign Ministry
spokesman said. "We wish
Gemayel the best success in fulfil-
ling his mission and hope that
tinder his leadership Lebanon will once again become
united, independent and free."
Premier Men_ ahem Begin sent Gemayel "warmest
wishes from my heart." Referring to Lebanon's new
leader as "my dear friend," Begin stated in a telegram:
"May God be with you . . . in the fulfillment of your
grave historic mission for the liberty and indepen-
dence of Lebanon."
Gemayel, the only presidential candidate to emerge
from the many diverse religious factions of Lebanon, re-
ceived 58 of the 62 votes in the Lebanese Parliament.
(Continued on Page 10)

Kresge and Pew
Grants Will Assist
Brandeis Libraries

WALTHAM, Mass. — The Kresge Found-
ation of Troy, Mich. and the Pew Memorial
Trust of Philadelphia, have granted Bran-
deis University $550,000 towards the con-
struction of the new Leonard L. Farber Li-
brary and the expansion and renovation of
the Jacob Goldfarb Library.
The irustees of the Kresge Foundation
d $300,000 challenge grant, and
Trust announced a gift of
$250,000. The grants are a boost to the li-
brary campaign which, as Brandeis
President Marver H. Bernstein noted in a
letter to Alfred H. Taylor, president of the
Kresge Foundation, "constitutes Brandeis'
highest priority.at this time."
Ground-breaking for the Farber Library
took place last September. When completed
early in 1983, the new library will include
the Undergraduate Study Center, the
Norman and Rosita Winston Creative Arts
Center and the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Cen-
ter for Library Technology and Journals.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel will launch a new peace offensive immediately after all the terrorists
and Syrian forces withdraw from Lebanon, Cabinet Secretary Dan Meridor announced Sunday following
the weekly Cabinet session. But Meridor made it clear that while the government of Israel "will initiate
action for the establishment of a comprehensive peace in the Middle East" it will do so "in accordance with
the Camp David accords."
In reference to voices heard both in Europe and the United States in favor of an early solution of the
Palestinian problem, Meridor declared: "There will be no negotiations on any proposal whatsoever which
deviates from the framework of peace as established in Camp David."
His statement followed a series of reports from Washington over the weekend that the Reagan
Administration was working on extending the dimension of the Camp David accords and the expectation
that West European governments would also reinitiate their Mideast peace efforts.
One of the more troublesome statements to emerge from Washington was that by Secretary of
State George Shultz, Israeli political analysts said. Shultz told a news conference last Friday, his
first since being named Secretary of State, the Camp David accords had "lots of room for ideas"
and that the Reagan Administration was forming its own views. He said the Administration
expected to be moving on the issue. of Palestinian rights, but he did not elaborate.
President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt also zeroed in on the Camp David accords, saying that Israel "is
maintaining a narrow and unbelievably restricted interpretation of the provisions of the 'framework.' "
Writing on the op-ed page of the Washington Post,Mubarak said three steps needed to be implemented
to reach a long-term settlement of the Palestinian question: the U.S. should recognize the right of the
Palestinian people to self-determination; all settle-
ment activities in the occupied territories must halt;
and "certain confidence-building measures" must be
• a
taken, to "restore the trust of the Palestinian inhabi-
tants on the West Bank and Gaza."
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Legislation to rescind
the Most Favored Nation status for Romania, intro-
He wrote that the "conversion of Arab land into
duced by Rep. Robert Dornan (R-Cal.), went to the
Israeli settlements is causing a steady erosion of good
floor of the House several days ago. However, the
will and hope" and called on the Palestinians and
Representatives decided to postpone voting on this
Israelis to mutually and simultaneously recognize
bill indefinitely, thus automatically continuing
each other. Shultz, in his press conference Friday,
MFN status for Romania as well as for the People's

R o mania ' s M Status
Is Continued One dear

Republic of China and Hungary for another full year.

(Continued on Page 5)

Survivor to Press $17 Million
Case Against Neo-Nazi Unit

Elderly Complex
Is Set for Sept. 12

LOS ANGELES — The Auschwitz Study Foundation and Mel Mermelstein of
Huntington Beach, Calif. have decided to continue their $17 million lawsuit
against the Institute for Historical Review.
Mermelstein charges that the institute, operated by Willis Carto who also runs
the right-wing Liberty Lobby, intentionally tried to defraud him after he took up its
challenge to prove that the Holocaust actually happened.
Last year, in Los Angeles Superior Court, a judge ruled that the
Holocaust "is not reasonably subject to dispute" and that Jews were gassed
at Auschwitz. That ruling came after the institute said Mermelstein had not
proven that the Holocaust had actually happened and refused to pay Mer-
melstein $50,000 for such proof.
Mermelstein is a survivor of Auschwitz - Birkenau and Buchenwald.
Mermelstein lost his mother and two sisters in the
Holocaust, and contends in his lawsuit that Carto and
his Institute for Historical Review injured him by claim-
ing that the Holocaust is a "hoax" and a "Zionist plot."
The Liberty Lobby has been described as one of the
best-organized and financed anti-Semitic organizations
in the U.S. The Institute for Historical Review has pub-
lished a number of books and pamphlets that claim the
Holocaust never td6k place.
Last year's court ruling, Mermelstein says, shows that
the Carto groups broke their "contract" with him.

Ground-breaking ceremonies for the
Maple - Drake complex for Jewish elderly
will take place 2 p.m. Sept. 12 in West
Bloomfield. The community is invited.
The Jewish Welfare Federation and its
agencies, the United Jewish Charities,
Jewish Home for Aged and Jewish Federa-
tion Apartments have planned the complex
on a site west of the Jewish Community Cen-
ter. The complex will offer separate living
facilities both for the aged in need of mini-
mal services and for those able to live inde-
pendently. A common area will be accessible
to both residences.
Members of the donor families. the Blum-
bergs, Fleischmans and Hechtmans, will
break ground with chrome-plated shovels.
Speakers at the Sept. 12 gathering will
include Federation President Judge Avern
L. Cohn and board members of the Jewish
Federation Apartments and the Jewish
Home for Aged.

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