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October 08, 1982 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-10-08

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22 Friday, October 8, 1982

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Rushing to Judgment on Lebanon Before the Facts Are In

By REV. FRANKLIN
LITTELL

manded if historical inci-
dent is to be understood.
National Institute
Of course "everyone
on the Holocaust
knows" that the recent at-
rocities in Beirut were
PHILADELPHIA — Who
committed by "Christian
did it — and why? What
Phalangists sent in by the
were the circumstances?
Israelis" — as a current
and who says so?
newspaper report puts it.
These are the questions
Leaders of the Phalange
deny it. That the killers
were "sent in by the Is-
raelis" is almost certainly a
lie.
That, however, does
not prevent the anonym-
ous correspondent from
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passing his prejudices
REV. LITTELL
To New Clients
(hopes?) off as solid in-
formation. Nor has the formation, popular jour-
concern for verified truth nalism has created an hys-
stopped the deluge of terical situation in which a
Hair Style
pro-PLO propaganda rush to condemn Israel is
Manicure
which the New York inevitable among the unin-
Times, the Washington formed or malicious.
Shoe Shine
But who did it? The truth
Post and the Philadel-
phia Inquirer, among is: we don't know, and we
others, has flooded won't know until investiga-
readers with in recent tive commissions (chiefly
Israeli and Lebanese) com-
weeks.
plete
their work.
Statistics and incidents
And
why was it done?
easily verified as false or
even impossible have been What were the circum-
first 50 new clients'
headlined; rare corrections, stances? The popular jour-
if they follow at all, are nalists who never reported
buried
deep in the back adequately the 1975-1976
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pages. Moreover, by select- PLO and Syrian conquests
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ing some data and simply of Lebanon, and who were
refusing to print other in- simply untrained to under-
stand the religious - ideolog-
ical nature of the hostilities,
never prepared readers to
\ I li
understand the bitter hat-
reds between competing
warlords and their private
armies.
Lebanon has been for
seven years a jungle. The
assassination of the
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But the pro-PLO jour-
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nalists have had to throw
in Major Haddad's forces
as part of the killer teams:
there is no evidence for it,
and Haddad denies it, but
they have waged a prop-
aganda war against him
for years. They resent his
resistance to the PLO ter-
rorists and his friendship
for Israel. That is enough
to justify passing on any
rumor, any lie!
The BBC is rumored to
have picked up a radio mes-
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sage from an Israeli officer
to higher command, a mes-
sage which would indicate
Israeli prior knowledge and
complicity. But has anyone
remembered the BBC
coverage of the Israeli police
action in its initial stages?
What is a credible witness?
— even supposing the
rumor is true.
The present rush to
judgment upon Israel, or-
chestrated by the Com-
munists and the militant
Arab governments, has
been prepared by weeks of
false reporting, suppression
of relevant facts, not to
mention daily pictures of
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10-5:30 p.m.
Yasir Arafat kissing babies.
Thurs. 10-8 p.m.
Before passing judgment,
which sensible people will
Sun. 12-4 p.m.
delay until investigation is
completed and the facts ver-
master charge
ified, what are the back-
ground facts? What were
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the circumstances?
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that we teach in every his-
tory class. Because trained
minds do not make judg-
ments based on rumor, we
insist that restraint be
exercised in reaching con-
chisions. First hand infor-
mation and evidence - ("pri-
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government, ruled and
schooled and taxed by
warlords in their fief-
doms — three Christian,
two Druze, four Muslim
(not counting splinters)
and two invaders: PLO
and Syria.
Second, from its training
camps, serviced by Russian
equipment and training,
the PLO had launched at-
tacks upon unarmed civi-
lians in Israel and Jewish
synagogues and businesses
all over Europe and South
America. Terrorists from 33
nations were captured dur-
ing the Israel police action
"Peace for Galilee."
Third, in spite of lying re-
ports of tens of thousands of
Lebanese and Palestinians
killed in that IDF action, in
spite of the obscene misuse
of the "Holocaust" imagery
against Israel, in spite of the
lying claim that hundreds of
thousands were rendered
homeless, the truth is that
although the PLO deliber-
ately placed its installa-
tions in the midst of civilian
centers, destruction — until
the final action to dig the
PLO out of Beirut — was
minimal.
Fourth, as this writer
published at the time,
Lebanon was doomed to
slide into the swamp of re-
newed fratricidal warfare
— even before President

Gemayel was murdered —
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