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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, February 18, 1983 39
Without Mercy' a Polemic of the Left
By EZEKIEL LEIKIN
premise that Jews embrac- can Jews," which auto- mercy, but on interests" as
In his foreword to his ing leftist causes and matically drains them of if preceding administra-
highly controversial "Jews ideologies with their "ethi- Jewish feelings of mercy tions — both Democratic
Without Mercy" (Anchor cal, historical and cultural and compassion. -
and Republican — acted
Press/Doubleday), Earl authority"(?) are the au-
Shorris apparently otherwise.
never heard of Lord
Shorris states: "I did not thentic, "merciful" Jews.
Shorris postulates that
want to write this book."
Those who veer to the Passfield (Sidney Webb), "only by example of mercy
Having read it, this re- right (of Earl Shorris, one Ernest Bevin - and were Jews able to depend
viewer is impelled to ask: presumes) are Jews without Kreisky, all leftists with upon mercy for their survi-
"Why did you?"
mercy. "Is a person without impeccable Socialist cre- val"(?) and, in another con-
Jacobo Timerman, him- mercy a Jew because his dentials, who have, as is text he avers: "to be power-
self an author, who since his parents are Jews or because generally known, dis- less is an invitation to vir-
release from Argentine jails he chooses to call himself a played an innate, "leftist" tue," a virtue most Ameri-
has been enmeshed in con- Jew?", the author muses.
sense of mercy towards can Jews can do without.
And while excoriating the Jews and Israel.
He falsely attributes
commends the book as "pre- neo conservatives, who
A few "gems" from the the statement that "God
c' ely the shock of aware- voted for Reagan and em- book are illustrative of the does not hear the prayers
ess we need in Diaspora braced the policies of author's twisted reasoning: of a Jew" to Jerry Fal-
and in Israel." I strongly Menahem Begin, another Quoting Nathan Glazer — well, presumably to in-
"neo-conservative," Shorris glaringly out of context --- clude the leader of the
Earl Shorris, whose liter- proceeds to vent his fury as having said, "Jews are a Moral Majority in his
ary credentials include upon the "xenophobia" of people of the left." Once sweeping, all-embracing
other books of fiction and the Israeli Prime Minister they abandon that position definition of a neo-
non-fiction, is not without and upon Zionism, in gen- — Shorris interjects — conservative. -
merit as an essayist and eral ("there were no Zionists "they are set adrift."
In a personal reference,
In another chapter, he Shorris states that "flattery
story teller. Yet "Jews in my family, nor were there
Without Mercy," apart from any. .epublicans," he con- writes: "They (neo- makes me uncomfortable."
its readable style and in- fides); thus, "Israel, the im- conservatives) provide It would be an act of mercy
terspersed flashes of aginary power . . . serves rationalizations to an ad- not to make the author of
thought-provoking dis- as an excuse for every new ministration that does not "Jews 'without Mercy" un-
courses and character move to the right by Ameri- base its actions on justice or comfortable in any way.
sketches, has few redeem-
ing qualities as a serious
Stripped of its extrane-
ous literary embellish-
ments, the book is an all-
out attack against the
such as Norman
Podhoretz, Irving Kris-
tol, Daniel Bell, Midge
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Lipsett; Sidney Hook and
others, who committed
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as the Scriptures and the
Maggid of Mezritch in a
vain attempt to sustain his
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bizzare, indeed irrational
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rael's second test-tube baby
was born by Caesarian sec-
tion in the Sheba govern-
ment hospital at Tel
Hashomer Feb. 9.
The boy's mother, Miriam
Kleiner, 35, had been child-
less throughout the 10 years
of her marriage. The opera-
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anesthetic, with the mother
fully alert throughout.
Medical sources said that
very few of the 100 babies
born through ex-uterine
fertilization had been
males. Of the total number
of test tube babies to date,
59 have been born in Brit-
ain, 34 in Australia, 11 in
the U.S., and 3 in France.
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licensed two hospitals — Tel
Hashomer - and the Hadas-
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