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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-09-03

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He added: "What distres-
ses me is that What is re-
ferred to as evenhandedness
is transformed into a
glorification of the PLO."
Dr. Lyons stated that
visits to Nabatiyeh, Tyre,
Sidon and other
Lebanese centers con-
vinced him and his dele-
gation that Israel was
and is justly hailed as a
liberator, that there is re-
joicing that Israel should
have succeeded in expel-
ling the PLO from Leba
non.
A
In his comments on the
DR. JAMES LYONS
Christian delegation's visit
with Israel Prime Minister come to the conclusion
Menahem Begin, Dr. Lyons that what we have seen
quoted Begin's evaluation and heard bears little re-
of the treatment accorded semblance to what we
his country. He said Begin had been led to expect by
told the Christian visitors most of the U.S. media.
that Israel had experienced For instance, Tyre nad
friendship when it was Sidon are not destroyed
viewed as the underdog. cities, nor is Beirut. They
Now his country is treated are damaged cities and
as an "overdog," and he this damage, caused
added, "and we are always mostly by the occupation
the dog."
and activities of the PLO
The Christian delegation represents a true tragedy
exposed the villifications of in terms of human life,
Israel and endorsed its role both Lebanese and Is-
as Lebanon's liberator in raeli.
this statement:
"However, Tyre and
"We have come to Israel Sidon are rapidly returning
and Lebanon as a group of to normal; stores are doing a
Christians with member- brisk business and most
ship in 15 different denomi- residents expressed to us
nations to listen and to look their delight that the
for ourselves. We have spo- stranglehold of the PLO on
ken with leaders in both their country has at last
countries, with people in the been broken.
streets as well as soldiers
"Much of the destruction
along the front lines. We of Lebanon was caused by
have walked the streets of the PLO prior to the current
cities like Tyre and Sidon Israeli operation. In
and have spoken with their Damour, for example,
residents.
thousands of people were
"After three days of ex- killed by the PLO and the
tensive travel we have city destroyed. We cannot

help but wonder why the
world was silent while these
atrocities were being com-
mitted. Criticism seems to
be reserved for Israel alone.
"While the basic intent of
the Lebanese operation by
Israel has been to secure the
safe borders of Israel, a very
significant side benefit has
been the restoration of free-
dom to the Lebanese people.
The nearly unanimous
opinion of people we talked
to at random on the street
and in shops and stores was
that the Lebanese are glad
to be rid of the PLO and are
grateful to Israel for break-
ing its grip on their country.
"As we return to our 44
cities in 29 states, we in-
tend to carry our support
for Israel, reconfirmed
by what we have seen,
and heard, and to com-
municate our observa-
tions to President Re-
agan, members of Con-
gress and to the media."
Dr. Lyons will expose the
villifications of Israel in a
presentation on the
Lebanese situation at an
ecumenical session at the
Southfield headquarters of
his institute on Sept. 15. All
factions in Christendom are
expected to participate in
that exploratory session.
The Ecumenical Institute
for Jewish-Christian
Studies is directed by Dr.
Lyons, who is pastor of the
Pine Hill Congregational
Church in West Bloomfield.
Its stated purposes are to
"foster greater understand-
ing between Jews and
Christians, to combat
theological and social anti-
Semitism, and to provide for

EDITORIAL: DECEIT COMES HOME TO ROOST

All o f Israel's enemies posed as distortions about
have come home to roost.
barbarities and cruelties
Now it is also the Ameri- which were propagated in
can Council for Judaism, advertisements in the early
the anti-Israel, anti-Zionist days of Israel's campaign to
clique that had already expel the PLO in the
gained the description of liberating processes in
being neither a council, Lebanon.
American nor Jewish.
In what has become a
The late Dr. Leo M. common practice in many
Franklin, who was among newspapers, including De-
its first supporters, was troit's, that of denying
among the first to withdraw recognition to the American
from it.
Lebanese who are applaud-
A one-time guiding light ing Israel's determined
of this group, Rabbi Elmer stand against the torturers
Berger, found it too mild for of Lebanon, the terrorists of
his thinking and he or- the PLO, this council has
ganized an even more ex- joined the spokespeople for
treme faction. He shared a PLO.
platform in Orlando, Fla. in
The villifiers were never
July with former U.S. Sena-
tor James Abourezk. They heard from when women
addressed the Syrian and children were the vic-
Lebanese American Club tims of the PLO on Israel's
(see Purely Commentary, northern border with Leba-
The Jewish News, Aug. 13). non.
They do not erase the
In its latest newsletter,
this council, which retains truth that the PLO never
an office in New York, drew fought a war with the Is-
upon Anthony Lewis, every raeli armed forces. Their
available antagonist of Is- victims were the children of
rael, the New Jewish Maalot and Kiryat Shmona
Agenda and the dissidents and other northern Israeli
who have joined in attacks settlements. But they had
on Israel.
enough arms supplied
In all instances, Israel mainly by the USSR to plan
Prime Minister Menahem an attack to destroy Israel.
Begin is the target. _ Now these weapons, in
These villifiers draw addition to some from the
upon the what are now ex- United States transferred to

the PLO from Saudi Arabia,
are in the hands of the Is-
raelis. Such acquisition of
military hardware by Israel
ends the threat to the Israeli
Galilee settlements plotted
by the PLO.

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