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March 18, 1983 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-03-18

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THE DETROIT,JECHiNEYA -

Fisher Destroys Free Press UJA Allegation

(Continued from Page 1)
terms of purposes and oper-
ations. Today the Jewish
Agency for Israel is the .in-
strument of the Jewish
community outside of Israel
to aid in meeting social wel-
fare and educational needs
of the people of Israel that
are not met by the govern-
ment.
"I was disappointed
that your reporter did not
take more care to learn
about these distinctions
because the article as
L= written misrepresents
the facts and may con-
fuse and mislead
readers."
1
Lawrence is quoted as
haying expressed confi-
dence in MeCartney's repor-
tonal position and as hav-
` ing commended him as one
,-'
of the most respected corre-
spondents in the nation's
capital.

Fisher's statement was
addressed to "Dear David"
(Lawrence), and was given
"top billing" in Wednes-
day's edition of that news-
paper as the first letter-to-
the-editor.
Lawrence, meeting on
Monday with Judge Avern
Cohn and Wayne Feinstein,
respectively president and
executive vice president of
the Jewish Welfare Federal.
tion, asked for proof of the
contentions that
McCartney colored and dis-
rupted the facts in his arti-
cle.
The Free Press this
week was provided with
reports from the Com-
ptroller General of 'the
United States and the ac-
counting firm that audits
the United Israel Appeal
(UIA).
According to the report to
Congress by the Comptrol-

rich Bin Etn Jude' Defines
Vigilant Role of Herb Brin

Herb" Brin is a familiar • eminent author Elie Wiesel,
name in California. He has Who pays honor to Brin.
gained equal status in other Wiesel wrote, inter alia:
communities — for one
"Some
people
basic quality: he is militant suggested to you that you
and in defense of his people should not see the `Pipik'
tip
(
His Cohsigient strivrg
''W'I''di
ee m NVbft (-
justice, his battles with and in bad taste at that.
anti-Semites, and with in-
"Our enemies claim that
- different Jews as well, be-
coine evident in all of the we are ubiquitous; it seems
essays incorporated in "Ich that they can't think of any-,
Bin Ein Jude" (Jonathan thing else. We are intrigu-
ing them, we are haunting
. David Publishing Co.).
It is not surprising, there- them; are we frightening
fore that. the "Letter of In- them? We are an obsession
troduction" with which the to them. They can't frighten
book commences, should us. Our calling is universal
have been written by the and such is our mission:
"You have grasped this
truth: when you speak
about the Jews, you speak of
a problem that concerns all
mankind. For a Jew it
would be impossible to ap-
proach this universal prob-
lem otherwise than from a
Jewish viewpoint.
"The Jew who might feel
compelled to renounce his
Judaism or to water it down
in order to be able to speak
better about universal prob-
lems would strike 'a wrong
note; his voice would have a
false ring."
The Wiesel letter was
written in French and
Brin provides the origi-
nal as well as a transla-
tion in his collected writ-
ings.
The 26 chapters in this
book are memoirs and
comments, summaries of
the author's writings in the
newspaper Heritage of Los
JEWISH
Angeles of which he has
NATIONAL FUND
been the militant editor for
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ler General, that office is
satisfied that U.S. assis-
tance for resettleing Sovitt
refugees is in compliance
with the U.S. terms of the
grants to Israel. "Con-
sequently," the report said,
"it appears the terms of the
grants were generally met
and that controls were
adequate to insure that only
appropriate costs were
being paid from grand
funds."
/ The firm of Laventhol and
Horwath, in its audit for the
UIA for the year ending
March 31, 1982, stated that
refugee resettlement grant
funds were being properly
spent.

in
(Objectivity
McCartney reporting was
questioned again on Thurs-
day over his report on al-
leged Israeli "Harassing" of
the U.S. Marines in Leba-
non. The notoriety given by
him in Thursday's story in
which he revived the threat
by the U.S. Marine Capt.
Charles Johnson to Israeli
tank commanders is viewed

.

as being filled with
prejudice-inspiring since it
was in a sense an isolated
and exaggerated incident
that had been resolved be-
tween the U.S. and Israeli
military).

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