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EDITORIAL

An Anniversary and Communal Responsibilities

This is the eve of an historic anniversary, and accompanying its commemoration
the communal responsibility grows in immensity.
World Jewry, and the Jewish state's friends everywhere, will join on Monday with
Israel in the celebration of the state's 35th anniversary.
Simultaneously, and it is much more than a coincidence, Metropolitan Detroit Jewry
will mark the conclusion of the annual aims towards assuring a wholesome partnership
with Israel in finalizing the year's efforts for the Allied Jewish Campaign.
The responsibility to this immense philanthropic effort is both traditional as well as
one of continuity and of fulfillment.
The duties multiply. The roadblocks, the obstructions in Israel's treatment accorded
her in expressed unfriendliness from many quarters, serve uninterruptedly as reminders
and warnings that the task of assuring Israel's sovereignty must be shared by Jews

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Commentary, Page 2

everywhere with dignity and as mandatory ob-
ligations. That which was begun by the Allied
Jewish Campaigns — and they include the ob-
ligations to many scores of local and national
movements sanctifying Jewish involvements
— must always be treated as continuity, as
never ending.
In saluting Israel on her 35th anniversary there is also the reaffirmation that the
partnership of this Diaspora with Israel must and will be treated with the generosity that
is the legacy of the Jewish people.

Such is the double dedication on this important date on the Jewish calendar.

THE JEWISH NEWS

A Weekly Review

of Jewish Events

Menahem Begin
Message to World
Jewry Sums Up
Israel's Role
on Her 35th
Anniversary

Text on Page 72

Copyright © The Jewish News Publishing Co.

VOL. LXXXIII, No. 7

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April 15, 1983

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Israel's 35th Independence Day Inspires Worldwide Salutations;
Local Observance Features Parade, Marks AJCampaign Finale

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Israel's 35th anniversary, to be observed as Yom HaAtzmaut in the Jewish state
on Monday, will be echoed in observances throughout the world, with massive demon-
strations of solidarity in hundreds of Jewish communities in the U.S. and overseas.
Detroit's major observance of Israel Independence Day will be held May 1 at the
main Jewish Community Center with a parade, booths and Israeli singer and
songwriter Naomi Shemer.
Advance events include a com-
memoration of Yom Hazikaron — Israel
Memorial Day — at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at
the Center. The event is sponsored by De-
O nIsraeli community.
4ire tr s
Tuesday, theAi Jewish Cam-
paign and Israel Emergency Fund will

mark Israel Independence Day at its gala program marking the closing of the 1983
Campaign. The program will be held at 8 p.m. at Cong. Shaarey Zedek and will feature
singer and actor Theodore Bikel in concert. Reservations are required.
The Israel Information and Resource center is sponsoring an "Israel Indepen-
dence Day Party . . . Plus" at the main Center 8 p.m. April 23,
featuring the Israeli singer Shoshana, Bill Meyer and his
Band, as well as an Israeli fashion show produced by Leah
Marks.
Proceeds from the "Israel Independence Day Party .. .
Plus" will be contributed to the Association for the Welfare of
Israeli Soldiers.
Complete stories about the local events for Yom
HaAtzmaut — Israel Independence Day are on Page 6.

Reagan Pledge: Safe Havens for Survivors

By DAVID FRIEDMAN
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Thousands of sur-

vivors of the Holocaust and their children received a
pledge from President Reagan Monday night that
their security would never again be in jeopardy either
in the United States or Israel.
The President, speaking to some 17,500 persons
at the opening ceremony of the American Gathering
of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, noted that Jews had
recently celebrated Passover which marked the an-
cient exodus from Egypt.
"You bear witness to a modern day exodus from
the darkness of unspeakable horror to the light - of
refuge of safe havens, the two most important being
America and what soon became the state of Israel,"
Reagan said. "As a man whose heart is with you and
as President of a people you are now so much a part of,
I promise you the security of your safe havens here
and in Israel will never be compromised."
His statement was received with thunderous
applause throughout the large oval-shaped

Capitol Centre by the survivors and their chil- "thanks to the hundreds of thousands of young
dren who came to Washington for the four-day Americans who fought to liberate us and the
Gathering from throughout the United States thousands who gave their lives to crush Hitlerism."
He pointed out that a major theme of the Gathering is
and Canada.
Reagan also expressed the "gratitude" of the U.S. to give thanks to the United States for the new lives
to survivors "for choosing America . . . for reminding the survivors were able to build here.
But Meed also said that there was a "bitter"
us how important it is to remain true to our ideals as
time when the U.S. failed to take in persons flee-
individuals and as a nation."
The President, accompanied by his wife, Nancy, ing Nazism and then during World War II it
received from Benjamin Meed, president of the failed to bomb the death camps and the rail-
Gathering, a Scroll of Remembrance to the American roads leading to them. He also stressed that
people signed by some 50,000 Holocaust survivors anti-Semitism continues now under the guise of
and their children. Meed, saying "We are here" in anti-Zionism with Jews being attacked in Paris
Yiddish, declared in English that the journey from and Rome, Jews being oppressed in the Soviet
Auschwitz to America and from the Warsaw Ghetto, Union and Israel being "reviled" in the United
of which the 40th anniversary of its uprising is also Nations.
Reagan, in his address, also took note that there
being marked at the Gathering, to Washington seems
was a time when "how we and our friends acted" was
an "incredible distance."
He noted that 38 years ago Monday the U.S. "not favorable to our memory." Following the pre-
Army under Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower liberated sentation of the Scroll, the audience joined the U.S.
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Buchenwald. He said the survivors want to give

PLO Radicals Blamed for Jordan Rejection

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Reagan this week blamed "some radical elements of the PLO" for causing
Jordan to announce that it has abandoned efforts to negotiate with Israel on behalf of the Palestinians because the PLO
position was incompatible with its own.
The President said, however, that he remained "very hopeful" that the negotiations will eventually take place.
Secretary of State George Shultz said on CBS-TV's Morning News program Monday that "the key point to remember is
that the President is determined to see this peace process through."
Shultz indicated Tuesday that he would like to see the Arab League revoke the 1974 Rabat Conference
mandate in which it gave the Palestine Liberation Organization the sole power to represent the Palestinian
people.
"I wonder if it is not going to become apparent to people that when you seem to give such power to a radical group
you have made a mistake," Shultz said at a press conference. The secretary did not come right out and call for the Arab
League to revoke its mandate, but noted that such power, when given, should be "exercised constructively."
He said that there is a saying in the United States that applied to this: "Use it or lose it."
Shultz stressed that the U.S. is "determined to stick with" President Reagan's Sept. 1 peace initiative. He said it
offers "an historic opportunity for peace." He added that the United States was "disappointed" when King Hussein of
Jordan announced he would not join negotiations, especially since it appeared he was ready to announce his.decision to
join the talks. But he stressed that the U.S. agrees with Hussein that he had to reject the new proposal which was made
by the PLO.
However, he said that for Hussein to join, he needs the support of his "brothers in the Arab world" in
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Veterans' Poppies
Defer to Shavuot

The departments of Michigan of the American Legion
and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States have
agreed to a request by the Department of Michigan of the
Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. to postpone the annual
poppy sale which had been scheduled to begin on the second
day of Shavuot in May.
The veterans groups coordinate the annual poppy sale,
which supports the organizations and assistance to dis-
abled veterans.
This year's sale had been scheduled to begin May 19,
the second day of Shavuot. The VFW wrote to Norman L.
Berkley, commander of the Michigan JWV, that its only
post in Southfield, Dunham-Ray Post, would not begin its
sale until May 20, "in cooperation with your own sale." -
State VFW Commander James Goldsmith wrote
Berkley: "We understand that the two communities
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