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March 18, 1983 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-03-18

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Hatchet Job:

Sensationalism makes the front page, but it doesn't justify subjec-
tive reporting.
A Free Press Washington correspondent has a long record for
being notorious in his selection of data-of-his-choice that inevitably
smears Israel.
In last Sunday's report, aimed at poisoning many minds on the
subject of "who finances the Israeli settlements," the reporter's
sensation-waving accredited it to Israel-supporting funds from the
U.S. It selected Israel from a global- list .of countries whose financial
incomes from the U.S are used for a multitude of internal appropria-
tions, some relating to the military and to the human rights differences
with this country. Israel, for the Free Press reporter, was the means of

stabbing-in-the-back with distortions about the United Jewish Appeal
and. Israel Bonds. It smacked of means of appealing to prejudice over
tax deductions granted to charitable causes.
Max M. Fisher creditably refutes the major distortions in that
article. In the main, the report thus questioned was an inexcusable
hatchet job. It doesn't do credit to a newspaper of great merit. It was
reporting meriting severest condemnation.
While Mr. Fisher's comment is all-too-gentlemanly as a treatment
of a distress-inspiring report from the nation's capital, it creditably
symbolizes the need for facts rather than fiction, and the Free Press
stands rebuked for injuring fair-play approaches in the treatment for
foreign affairs.


The Self-Respect
That Calls for
Knowledge in
Those Who Would
Harm Israel


A Weekly Review

Commentary, Page 2


of Jewish Events

Vital Need:
the Preparatory
to Emphasize
the Glories of
Cherished Legacies

Editorial, Page 4

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Free Press' UJA Allegation
Is Demolished by Max Fisher

Queen Inaugurates
City of Hope Center


Allegations, in a Free Press article from Washington by James
McCartney, that United Jewish Appeal funds are used by Israel for the estab-
lishment of settlements in Judea and Samaria, commonly referred to as the
West Bank, were disputed this week in a statement by Max M. Fisher, chairman
of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency.
In the lengthy McCartney article in Sunday's Free Press, the statement is
made, among other comments, that "the settlements probably would not exist
without these indirect U.S. subsidies, which involve both public money and tax
deductible private money."
The McCartney article was headlined, "U.S. Funds Help Israel Build More
Settlements." It claimed that indirect U.S. subsidies to Israel total $1.5 billion
over the last decade. McCartney did not establish a direct link between the U.S.
funds and the settlements, but says the settlements are opposed by U.S. policy.
He uses unnamed "Mideast experts within and outside the government" for his
source for the dollar amounts.
McCartney asserted that U.S. foreign aid for Israel's economy frees
Israeli money for the settlements. He also stated, "Private contributors,
whose donations finance the Jewish Agency and other Zionist organizations, get tax benefits.
The organizations in turn finance the settlements."
In a letter addressed to Free Press Editor David Lawrence, Fisher took exception to the McCartney
statements and declared:
. . . Contributions to the United Jewish Appeal and to other Jewish fund-raising organizations in
other countries are not in any way used for purposes outside the 'Green Line' established at the close of
hostilities ending the Arab-Israeli War of June 1967. The so-called 'Green Line' separates Israel proper
from the territories administered by Israel since the 1967 war. Philanthropic contributions are used for
social welfare and educational purposes by the
Jewish Agency for Israel within Israel proper and
Knesset Votes Tuesday on
only within the 'Green Line.'
President; Rabbis Elected ,
"Secondly, the Jewish Agency is neither an arm
Stories on Page 14
of the World Zionist Organization nor an agent or -
`collaborator' of the government. I was directly in-
volved in the reconstitution of the Jewish Agency in
Actor Robert Mitchum
the late 1960s and early 1970s establishing its inde-
Refutes Esquire Interview
pendence from the government of Israel, both in


Queen Elizabeth II, with the aid of City of Hope
President M.E. Hersch, unveiled a plaque denoting
the opening of the Sadie and Norman Lee British
Pediatric Research Center. A crowd of 2,000 invited
guests and onlookers saw Her Majesty at the City of
Hope Medical Center and Research Institute in
Duarte, Calif., near Los Angeles, during her recent
visit to 'California. The Lees are shown behind the
Queen. Founded under Jewish auspices, the City of
Hope conducts programs of free patient care, scien-
tific research and medical education in the major dis-
eases such as cancer and leukemia.

Story on Page 8

Ancient Freedom Festival
Had Great Impact in 1946

The Haggada at right was issued for the Seder held for survivors of the Holocaust and
for soldiers on April 15-16, 1946 at the Deutsches Theater Restaurant in Munich, Ger-
many. The Yiddish and Hebrew text recalls not only the ancient bondage of Pharaoh in
Egypt but .also the slavery to Hitler in Germany. The illustrations interpret traditional
phrases from the Haggada in the light of the horrendous actions of the Nazis. These seem to
echo those of the ancient Egyptians at the time of the Exodus of the Jews under the
leadership of Moses.
"They spoke of slave labor and the torture cities of Pithom and Ramses. But in their
hearts they felt very close to all that was narrated. Pharaoh and Egypt gave way to Hitler
and Germany. Pithom and Ramses faded beneath fresh memories of Buchenwald and
Dachau . ."
The adjacent left hand page reads: "In every generation, every individual is obliged to
regard himself as if he personally had gone out of Egypt." The right hand page reads: "We
were slaves unto Pharaoh in Egypt."

(Continued on Page 3)

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