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November 19, 1982 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-11-19

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, November 19, 1982

CJF Resolutions on World Jewry and Middle East

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cure; Lebanon now has the
means to reestablish its
sovereignty; and the United
States is now in an unprece-
dented leadership role."

The resolution stated
that the Arab states
"must negotiate with Is-
rael and their refusal to
do so is at the heart of the
problem. The Fez dec-
laration denying explicit
recognition of Israel and
calling for an indepen-
dent Palestinian state
and asserting that the
PLO is the sole Palesti-
nian representative con-
stitutes a rejection of the
principles of Camp David
and the initiative of
President Reagan. This
blocks the participation
of Jordan in the negotia-
tions, a vital ingredient in
the peace process."

The resolution on Soviet
Jewry noted that the
"exodus" of Jews from the
USSR" has now declined to
a trickle of 250 per month
from an average of over
4,000 a month in 1979." Re-
pression of the Jews in the
Soviet Union has inten-
sified, the resolution stated.
There is constant intimida-
tion and harrassment and
severe sentences of impris-
onment and exile is meted
out , to activists on false
charges.
The resolution on Ethio-
pian Jewry expressed
"deepest concern over the
danger of physical and
spiritual disintegration of
Ethiopian Jews. It con-
tinues to. call on all con-
cerned agencies, organiza-
tions and governments to
make greater efforts to
ameliorate their plight."
It noted "with apprecia-
tion the fact that the
number of Ethiopian Jews
reaching Israel has in-
creased . . . We express con-
fidence in the agencies in-
volved in this great effort."
-This statement was seen as
an answer to those groups in
the U.S. and Canada which
have been critical of Israeli
and Jewish organizations
for their alleged failure to
help greater numbers of
Ethiopian Jews emigrate to
Israel and of Israeli agen-
cies for treating those
Ethiopian Jews who have
come to Israel as second
class citizens.

The resolution on the
nuclear arms race called
upon all nuclear powers,
but especially the U. S.
and USSR to pursue a
program that will pro-
duce a total and multi-
lateral halt to the nuclear
arms race."

In response to delibera-
tions at the 1981 General
Assembly, the Committee
on Religious Issues in Is-
rael, chaired by Raymond
Epstein of Chicago, con-
cluded that "it is inappro-
priate" for the CJF to deal
with religious issues in Is-
rael. The report also ex-
pressed widespread concern
that changes in the Law of
Return would be- highly di-
visive.
The news of Aliza Begin's
death in Israel saddened the
huge General Assembly.

Her husband, Premier
Menahem Begin, returned
home to Israel before he was
able to give a scheduled ad-
dress to the CJF.
In other events at the ses-
sions, a rabbi warned that
"the politicalization of the
Holocaust as an instrument
with which to deal with the
gentile world" and as an in-
strument of international
diplomacy "has boomer-
anged." He also warned that
the fixation on past catas-
trophies that befell the
Jewish people and the view
that Jews continue to face
destruction at any time and
anywhere — that "all roads
lead to Auschwitz" — is
self-defeating and negates
any plea to non-Jews to live
in peace with thQ, Jewish
people.

people in its historic home-
land, Eretz Israel, through
aliya from all countries; the
strengthening of the state of
Israel which is based on the
prophetic vision of justice
and peace; the preservation
of the identity of the Jewish
people through the foster-
ing of Jewish and Hebrew
education and of Jewish
spiritual and cultural val-
ues; and the protection of
Jewish rights everywhere."
Another speaker at the
forum was Sirnha Destel, an
Ethiopian Jew. He told the
audience that in Ethiopia
today it is very hard to live
as a Jew.
"Jewish schools are closed
by the order of the govern-
ment. Teaching Hebrew is
prohibited by the govern-
ment. Jews are not allowed
to meet together even in a
small group of three. There

Furthermore, Rabbi
Harold Schulweis,
spiritual leader of Valley
Beth Sholom in Encino,
told a plenary session
that misusing the mem-
ory of the Jewish
peoples' past by invoking
the Holocaust to induce
guilt in the new genera-
tion of both Jews and
non-Jews and employing
false equations between
past anti-Semites and
current political figures
who disagree with
policies of the govern-
ment of Israel or the
Jewish community on
specific issues is to in-
dulge in a "desperate fan-
tasy."

There are, he pointed out,
friends to be won, alle-
giances to be formed, al-
liances to be gained, and
new options to be sought. To
politicize the Holocaust, as
some "on our side" have
done, has made it harder "to
mention the Holocaust
massacre without some
stammering," Schulweis.
said.
Leon Dulzin, chairman of
the Jewish Agengy and
World Zionist Organization
executives, called for a new
challenging partnership be-
tween Israel and Jewish
communities throughout
the world. He defined that
partnership as a unity of
commitment "in confront-
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mon tasks and common
agenda for the creative sur-
vival of the Jewish people."
Dulzin noted that while
there are difficulties within
Israel these days and be-
tween Israel and the Dias-
pora, "we will solve this."
The reality of Israel is the
force that unites Jews
around the world and is also
the unifying element in
Jewish communities in the
United States.

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