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THE JEWISH NEWS
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VOL. LXXXII, No. 14
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December 3, 1982
Continuity of Inquiry Assured;
impact on Congress Positive
Begin Reviews the Past,
Future in UAHC Taping
Rabbi Schindler and Prime Minister Begin.
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NEW YORK — On March 1, Prime Minister Menahem Begin of
Israel was interviewed in Jerusalem by Rabbi Alexander Schindler,
president of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (Reform).
The interview was videotaped for the UAHC's "Television Library of
Judaism," with copies for sale to the public. The following are excerpts
from the interview:
Schindler: What was your home like, especially from the
Jewish point of view?
Begin: Very much traditional, religious. It left complete freedom to
the children. Nobody was coerced to do anything, but the spirit, the
education was great attachment to our religious tradition. Of course
there was kashrut and Shabat and prayers, during the holidays and
fasting on Yom Kippur and also on the Ninth of Av, the day of the
destruction of the Temple.
And I started my studies going to the heder where I started to
learn the first book of the Bible. Later on when I was 15 or 16 I joined
the Betar under the leadership of Zev Jabotinsky. Since then I've
served my people through the Jabotinsky movement.
Schindler: Who are some of the unsung heroes of the Irgun
whom you would want to be remembered?
Begin: Well, first of all we should remember always David Raziel,
the commander of the Irgun, who fell in battle in Iraq when the Vichy
army was in Syria. Of course, I remember with deep sentiment Ab-
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JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Likud member of the Knesset who publicly called for the resigna-
tion of the commission of inquiry into the Beirut camps massacres after the commission sent
warning notices to Premier Menahem Begin and eight other senior officers, has been sharply
upbraided by Attorney General Yitzhak Zamir.
At the same time, Sen. Henry Jackson (D-Wash.) said that Israel's official inquiry into the
massacres has had a "real impact" on members of Congress who had earlier considered reducing
U.S. aid to Israel.
Zamir called MK Yitzhak Zeyger's statement a "prima facie act that requires a police
criminal investigation." But the MK's parliamentary immunity prevents this.
Zeyger, a member of the Liberal Party wing of Likud, argued in his statement that
the Cabinet and its ministers were not subject to the jurisdiction of the commission
which was part of the judicial branch of the government and could not therefore pass
judgment on the executive branch.
But Zamir and other top academic lawyers flatly rebutted Zeyger's assertions.
Senator Jackson, answering questions on the NBC-TV "Meet the Press" program in Wash-
ington, noted that he had urged a commission of inquiry into the Beirut massacres. "If the
Israelis follow through in a decisive manner, I think it's going to make a lot of difference," he
Begin has let it be known that he will probably not avail himself of the statutory right now
offered to all nine men to reappear before the commission, to review-all relevant, material
pertaining to themselves, to cross-examine witnesses and to produce additional evidence and
Begin, according to sources close to him, will send a letter to the commission explaining once
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UN Officials Call for Palestinian State;
PLO Rejects Israel and Reagan Plan
UNITED NATIONS (JTA) — Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar and General As'sembly
President Imre Hollai called Monday for the restoration of Palestinian rights, including the right of
self-determination and the establishment of an independent state.
De Cuellar and Hollai made their calls in separate statements at a special meeting of the Committee
on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People to commemorate the International Day
of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
The annual observance is held here every year since 1977, on Nov. 29, the date the UN decided
in 1947 on the partition of Palestine.
As the General Assembly opened its annual debate on the question of Palestine, Farouk Kaddoumi,
who is considered to be the PLO "foreign secretary" reiterated his organization's views that the solution to
the Palestinian problem will not be found unless an independent Palestinian state is established. He also
said that Israel must withdraw from all "occupied Palestinian and Arab territories."
A PLO leader in Paris said the PLO "will never recognize Israel." Ibrahim Suss said on French
television, "The priority for us is the creation of a Palestinian state. It is the state which will then, later,
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Christians Changing Thinking on Israel
By REV. FRANKLIN LITTELL
National Institute on the Holocaust
PHILADELPHIA — The question arises: What is the relationship between concern for teaching the Holocaust
and concern for support of Israel's well-being? Many of us have both concerns, and to the outsider they seem different.
In lecturing before congregations and on campuses, whether under Jewish or Chris-
tian auspices, I have found.a remarkable fact: there is a virtually 100 percent concurr-
ence visible. Those persons who are concerned for study and teaching of the Holocaust
and its lessons are also "friendlies" toward Israel. And the obverse is also true: people who
want to play down the importance of the Holocaust are indifferent or hostile to the
survival and well-being of the state of Israel.
Many "Christians" who have a primitive emotional attachment to "the Holy Land"
are blind as to the importance of a restored Israel. Many "Christians" who are willing to
talk about genocide are blind as to the unique importance of the Holocaust. But those who
have confronted the most important historical events of the 20th Century share with
each other a love of Israel and a commitment to telling the story of the Holocaust.
Whatever the logic of the situation, there are obvious subliminal explanations.
Those who don't want the Holocaust and the lessons of the Holocaust taught are
indifferent to Jewish survival. Those who are indifferent or hostile to Israel
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Israel and Lebanon,
the Jews of Beirut
By MOSHE RON
The Jewish News Special
TEL AVIV — The days of
the honeymoon, in which
Jewish soldiers were received
by the people of Lebanon with
enthusiasm, have passed.
Today there is a different at-
mosphere in Lebanon.
After the murder of
Gemayel and the election of
his brother Amin as
president, Lebanon has
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