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December 03, 1982 - Image 72

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-12-03

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tmermans ar s dike Daggers at the Heart of His People

In his "Prisoner Without
a Name, Cell Without a
Number," Jacobo Timer-
man emerged as a hero who
was fulfilling his Zionist
dream. He was welcomed
with glory and dignity in his
new home after he exposed

the horrors he experienced
in Argentina.
He won a columnist's
desk on the Hebrew daily.
Haaretz, although he knew
no Hebrew and his articles
had to be translated from
the Spanish. It was not very

In 'The Longest War,
Israel in Lebanon"
(Knopf), he acts as if he
were in Damascus, rather
than in his homeland,
welcoming the exiled.

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long before he began to call
his hosts fascists.
Now he does much more.
He harms not only the Is-
raeli hosts but the entire
Jewish people with enigma-
tic condemnations that
stem from the unimagina-
ble and mysterious.


There is great pity in
what Timerman had under-
taken and now pursues. He
has become a witness for the
prosecution, and is espe-
cially welcomed in the
Grains of truth do not jus-

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tify the attacks he spread,
first in the publication of
texts of his book in a na-
tional magazine and then in
his volume which will ap-
pear this week, just before
Hanuka, in an English
translation from the
Spanish by Miguel Acoca.
The book is intended as
an expose of Israel's
Lebanese crime — pub-
lished in advance of the in-
vestigative findings by a
commission delegated offi-
cially by the Israel govern-
ment. He is both judge and
jury in all his contention.

But he goes far afield.
His target is Zionism and
the Jewish people. He
has entifled a concluding
chapter to his book "The

In diary form, Timerman
reports on Menahem Begin
addressing a group of

Americans, and he declares:
"Last night our Prime
Minister appeared on tele-
vision addressing an audi-
ence of Diaspora Jews in the
Chagall Hall of the Knesset.
If he already knew about
the 19 fallen youths, he did
not refer to them. Seldom is
his vision of events based on
immediate reality. This
could be why he feels so
comfortable with the Dias-
pora Jews, whose only ob-
jective is to raise money for
Israel — they believe that
this benefits Israel — and to
shut their mouths. Not to
ask questions, much less
give opinions.
"These Jews, like Begin,
feel more comfortable with
the remembrance of what
happened than with what is
happening now.

"I studied the gestures,
the looks, the tilting of the
head, the vocal changes,
the silences, and pauses
of our Prime Minister as
he addressed his Jews
last night. It is my belief
that he is unbalanced."

There is more than one
opinion on Begin, but
Timerrnan's is based on a
prejudice that will now be-
come more difficult to erase,
name-calling being the art
of the biased.
There is much in Timer-
man's new essay that is
true, that deals with moral-
ity. What about the immor-
ality of distortions that

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were so evident 'in the
Reports from the commis-
sion of inquiry already pro-
vide torment for Jews and
people seeking justice
everywhere. Timerman de-
scribes the public reactions
which demanded a quiz, the
results of which will be an
anticipated judgment.

Israeli newsmen were
and are critical. Why,
then, this means of judg-
ing press and Jews: "Is-
raeli discipline prevailed
in the journalist. For 20
years this discipline has
intoxicated the Israeli
people and blackmailed
Diaspora Jews."

Because there is much
that is vital to the consider-
ation of a tragic war history,
it is deplorable that a bril-
liant journalist resorts to
figures which were em-
phasized in the press and
were proven exaggerations,
such as hundreds of
thousands of victims of Is-
rael's operation that began
with the aim of ending the
PLO threats-, Therefore,
when Timerman appeals for
a Jewish tribunal when an
Israeli one is in progress, it
is especially regrettable. He
also asserts:
"What else can be done in
this infernal oven that is Tel
Aviv? We sign petitions, we
collect money, we demon-
strate on the streets, we
support politicans who have
not allowed themselves to
be drawn into the shameful
nationalistic paranoia.
"And I think, one more
time, that out of so much
pain, our own and that of
others, important changes
must emerge."

The enemy of Israel;
seeking ammunition,
finds it in these pages.

Throughout, it is again
"Begin the terrorist," and
the judges are those who
gave a bad image in the
press and those who were
the guides in attacks on Is-
rael and, inter alia, often on
Jewry, who are portrayed as
the mesmerized fund rais-
There is something ironic
also in Timerman's expla-
nation that he had not been
able to learn the Hebrew
language when taught by a
man who later was mur-
dered by Palestinians in the
Negev; his aim to study the
language again by devoting
much time to it; the asser-
tion that he still finds it dif-
ficult to learn the language
but he will begin to study
Arabic. It is as if one were to
say that if he can't learn
swimming he will turn to
A very able journalist has
dipped his pen into venom.
It is indeed deplorable. His
new book will be harmful to
Israel and to Jewry.

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