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February 04, 1983 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-02-04

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Splits in
Jewish Ranks
Must Be
in Confronting


A Weekly Review

of Jewish Events

Commentary, Page 2

Senator Hollings
to the Rescue
in Advocacy of
U.S.-Israel Amity

Apolitical 'New
Zionism' on
Jewish Age -ncy Agenda

Editorials, Page 4

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February 4, 1983

Reagan Tells Jewish Leaders
U.S. Will Not Pressure Israel

Navon Calls for Proper
Response to Holocaust


President Yitzhak Navon of Israel
.declared Monday that the Jewish
people must multiply if it is to re-
spond correctly to the Holocaust.
Another response is to strengthen
Israel he said at a memorial service
at the Yad Vashem marking the
50th anniversary of Hitler's taking
power in Germany.
In an emotional speech to an
audience which included high
school students and visitors from
the United States, Navon said: "We
must double, triple and quadruple
our numbers and we must preserve
and strengthen our state which re-
presents all that Hitler tried to de-


Navon stood before a stone slab on which the names of
concentration camps are engraved. After lighting a memo-
rial torch, he said: "Our people, who have been dispersed
among many countries found itself united in the concentra-
tion camps. Hitler did not distinguish between Ashkenazi
and Sephardi Jews, between Jews of different origin. And
along with the Six Million, most Sephardi Jews were ex-

Navon added, "Fate unites us. It united us during the
Holocaust and we must unite here in our homeland." He said the
multiplication of the Jewish people and the strengthening of
Israel must be undertaken jointly by world Jews and Israelis.
"We should be careful before we call people (today) Nazis or
talk about a (new) Holocaust. These are terms that should be
applied only - to that specific event," he said.
Meanwhile, in Tel Aviv, a hand grenade was thrown at the
building housing the West German Embassy. The grenade dam-
aged a car parked at the rear of the building but caused no

In Paris, Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal called on his-
torians and archivists to publish their findings on the rise
of Hitler and the Third Reich in order to counter various
propaganda campaigns to misinform the public about the
(Continued on Page 6)


WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Reagan and his top aides told 150

world Jewish leaders from the World Jewish Congress that the Adminis-
tration has ruled out the threat of sanctions against Israel in its efforts to
speed up negotiations in Lebanon.
"There will be no pressure on Israel," Edgar Bronfman, president of
the World Jewish Congress said after a meeting at the White House on
Wednesday between Reagan and members of the WJC Governing Board,
the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and
Republican Jewish leaders.
"The Administration is committed not to put pressure on Israel; no
sanctions, no pressure, nothing like that," Bronfman said after the group
heard a 50-minute speech from Reagan followed by a discussion in the
White House State Room between the Jewish leaders, Robert Mc Farlane
of the National Security Council, and Richard Fairbanks, the President's
special envoy for the autonomy negotiations.
Julius Berman, chairman of the President's Conference, said sanctions were also ruled
out during an earlier meeting in the Oval Office. Participants included Reagan, his senior
advisers, Bronfman, Berman, lbert Spiegel, chairman of the National Republican Jewish
Coalition; and Rabbi Moses Ros
en, chief rabbi of Romania.
Berman stressed that "there was a need to speed up" the Lebanese negotiations since the
President felt the lack of progress there was holding up the overall peace process. Berman said "there
is an assumption" by the President, based on Administration talks with King Hussein of Jordan, that
Hussein will come into the peace negotiations once there is an agreement on the withdrawal of foreign
troops from Lebanon.
Reagan indicated that Hussein was
not demanding a freeze on Israeli settle-
ments on the West Bank as a condition for
his joining the talks, but that none be built
while the negotiations were going on, ac-
NEW YORK (JTA) — As part of the new labor agree-
cording to Berman.
ment that has enabled El Al to resume its worldwide opera-
In his speech, Reagan noted that the
tions, the airline announced Monday that it has suspended
events in Lebanon have created new op-
all flights.on the Sabbath and Jewish holidays worldwide.
El Al never had flights on the Sabbath between
portunities for peace that must not be lost.
Israel and North America. There were only some
The President stressed "that it's vital to
Sabbath flights between Israel and Europe. After a
the United States, to Israel, and to all
four-month hiatus, passenger service resumed on
those who yearn for an end to the killing
Jan. 12 -with service from Tel Aviv to Nairobi and
that we not let those current opportunities
Johannesburg. U.S. service began Sunday on a
pass by." Reagan also noted that the U.S.
twice-weekly basis.
and Israel share the same goals in Leba-
Rafi Harley, the newly-appointed president of the air-
non — a speedy withdrawal of all foreign
line, said, "We will aabide by the government's decision
forces, a strong central government for
concerning the suspension of Shabat service and will do
everything we can to overcome all past difficulties for the
Lebanon and full and effective guarantees

El Al Contract Bans
All Sabbath Flights

(Continued on Page 11)

Weakness of Jewish Resistance
to Nazis Blamed on State Dept.


A draft report, written for the American Jewish Commission on the Holocaust
headed by Justice Arthur Goldberg, condemns the failure of the American Jewish
organizations during the crucial years to "proclaim total mobilization" of American
Jewry and accuses the Zionist organizations of being "riveted to postwar plans," thus
permitting their energies to be dissipated "when the ground was burning under their
Prof. Seymour M. Finger, former 'deputy chief of the U.S. Mission to the United
Nations, who is in charge of the commission's research, indicated his general agreement
with the draft and his belief that the Jewish organizations could have done more to save
the Jews threatened by Hitler. -
As one who spent most of those tragic years in Europe reporting the tribulations of
the Jews on that war-torn continent, I early concluded that American Jews could not
have done much more than they die. Perhaps a few thousand more souls might have
survived. But no world leader — not Franklin D. Roosevelt, not Winston Churchill — was
prepared to deviate in the slightest from the objective of winning the war even to avert
the greatest tragedy in history.

Even more tragic and shocking was that neither in the United States nor in
Britain was there any great public clamor for action to help the Jews of Europe.
(Continued on Page 18)

(Continued on Page 8)

Record Involvement Expected
for Sunday Community Forum

With more than 2,000 attendees expected at the Community Forum, Sunday morn-
ing at Adat Shalom Synagogue, an impressive record-setting response is being evidenced.
in the interest aroused by the current Middle East conflicts as well as the response to
organized efforts to increase support for Israel.
The central theme of the Community Forum is proving especially intriguing and the
theme, "The U.S. and Israel in 1983: Time of Decision," and the guest commentators on
the subject are adding to the interest thus aroused.

A discussion between print and broadcast journalists and authorities on
American-Israeli relations will highlight the Community Forum. Seating of the
audience will begin at 9 a.m. Persons previously registered and holding an
admission ticket will be seated in the sanctuary on a first-come, first-served
basis. When the 1,600-seat sanctuary is filled, seating will be in the social hall,
where closed-circuit television will be set up. Persons attending the event who
have not pre-registered also will be seated in the social hall. A kit of materials will
be given to each attendee.

Featured speakers are Sen. Henry "Scoop" Jackson, Ambassador Sol Linowitz and
Dr. Joseph Sisco, with Sen. Carl Levin as moderator. The event is the first of its kind to be
hosted by Federation. Merle A. Harris is Forum chairman.
The press panel will feature William E. Giles, editor of the Detroit News; David

(Continued on Page 10)

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