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NE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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Friday, April 15, 1983

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AJCommittee Criticizes Israel

NEW YORK (JTA) —
The American Jewish
Committee, in a major pol-

icy statement, took issue,
with Israel's West Bank set-
tlement policy as unhelpful
to the peace process with
Jordan in accordance with
the Camp David accords.
- At the same time, it called
an King Hussein of Jordan
"to seize the opportunity of-
fered him" in line with' the
accords "to join unequivoc-
ally and-without precondi-
tions in peace negotiations
with Israel."
If he does so, the policy
statement said, the AJ-
Committee "would be pre-
pared actively to urge the
government of Israel to be
flexible in such negotiations
and to make significant
compromises for the sake of
peace, as it did in response..
to the peace initiative of
– President (Anwar) Sadat of
Egypt."
But if Hussein "and
moderate Palestinians
once again reject the
opportunity for full
partciicipation offered
them by President Re-
agan (in his Sept. 1 initia-
tive) or if thier ac-
ceptance is hedged by
crippling preconditions
then it should be made
clear to the American
public that the absence of
peace is due not to Is-
rael's settlement policies
or alleged 'intransi-
gence,' but rather to the
fundamental refusal of
the Arab world to accept
the permanent reality
and legitimacy of the
state of Israel."
The AJCominittee state-
ment, titled "Position
Statement on the. Middle

East," was issued by AJC's
president Maynard Wish-
ner. The statement, re-
leased publicly last Friday,
had been unanimously

adopted after extensive dis-
cussion by the AJC's hoard
of go'vernors- at its meeting -
March 21.
Wishner noted that the
policy statement had been
issued before President
Reagan's _comment on
March 31 that he was sus-
pending the sale of prom-
ised F-16 jet fighters to Is-
rael until Israel completed
its withdrawal _from Leba-
non.
The policy statement em-
phasized that the U.S.
"should refrain from apply-
ing unilateral pressure on
Israel and should not slow
down or stop the shipment
of military equipment to Is-
rael, our most important
strategic ally in the Middle
East."
The statement also
pointed out that Israel
could not be expected to
withdraw, from Lebanon
until effective ar-
rangements for its secu-
o. rity against terrorist at-
tack from Lebanon had
been negotiated and Sy-
rian and PLO forces had
also agreed to withdraw.
The statement noted that
the Camp David accords led
to the signing of a peace
treaty between Israel and
Egypt. These accords also

called on Israel, Egypt and
Jordan and the Arab in-
habitants in the West Bank
and Gaza to proceed with
negotiations on the future
status of these areas. "The
refusal of Jordan and the
Palestinian representatives
to participate in such
negotiations has been the
major impediment to
achieving the broader peace
foreseen at Camp David."
"The American Jewish
Committee calls upon
Jordan and the Palesti-
nian inhabitants of the
West Bank and Gaza to
join in direct negotia-
tions, as called for in the
Camp David accords.
The American Jewish
Committee is confident
that an expression of
willingness on the part of
Jordan to commence
negotiations — with or
without participation by
the Palestinian inhabi-
tants of the West Bank —
would be met by Israeli
flexibility and willing-
ness to make the neces-
sary compromises to
achieve peace, consistent
with its security needs.

"Jordan, too, would be-ex-
pected _ to make com-
promises. Therefore, no
party should set precondi-
tions to the negotiations
envisaged at Camp David,
for they serve only to delay
their commencement.
"The American Jewish
Committee' believes that
UN Security Council Reso-
lution 242 embraced in the
Camp David accords, as
applied to the West Bank

and Gaza, ought to lead to
territorial compromise
through negotiations and to
full peace between Israel
and her neighbors.
"As negotiations com-
mence, we can expect the
parties to place maximal
positions the table includ-
ing their respective claims
to sovereignty. These posi-
tions will have to be _com-
promised in the course of
such negotiations.
"Therefore, we view
acts by Israel which
could limit the flexibility
necessary to enable the
parties to reach agree-
ment on the future status
of the areas as being un-
helpful to the peace proc-
ess.
"Moreover, the American
Jewish Committee shares
the concerns of many Is-
raelis that the continuing
and indefinite Israeli ad-
ministration of the West
Bank and Gaza, with gov-
ernance over the lives of
more than a million Arabs
who are not citizens of Is-
rael, could in the Course of
time undermine the demo-
cratic and humane princi-
ples of the state of Israel.
"The American Jewish
Committee believes that in
the absence of negotiations
concerning the West Bank
and Gaza, it may well be
that Israel's current settle-
ment policy, if continued,
may make withdrawal at a
later date no longer a viable
option for any Israeli gov-
ernment. There is an urgent
need, therefore., for Jordan
to enter into negotiations
with Israel now."

UAHC Leaders in Warsaw
for Ghetto Commemoration

NEW YORK (JTA) — A
delegation of 24 leaders of
the Union of American He-
brew Congregations
(UAHC) left Wednesday for
Poland after receiving as-
surances that there was no
truth to news reports that a
representative of the PLO
would place a memorial
wreath at the Warsaw
Ghetto Monument at cere-
monies marking the 40th
anniversary of the Ghetto
Uprising next Tuesday.
Rabbi Alexander Schin-
dler, president of the UAHC
and leader of the delegation,
said he had cabled the or-
ganizers of the commemora-
tion that "the participation
of those who murder Jewish
women and children and
who celebrate the slaughter
of innocents would make a
hideous mockery of every-
thing for which this com-
memoration stands."
He asked for assurances
-that Fuad Yassim, chief of
the PLO mission in. War-
saw, who had said he would
place a wreath at the
monument, would not be
permitted to do so.
In reply, Schindler
said, he received a tele-
phone call from Szymon
Szurmiej, director of the
Jewish State Theater in
Poland and a member of
the organizing commit-
tee, "categorically deny-
._

ing", the report and
calling it "a provoca-
fion." Szurmiej said that
only Jewish organiza-
tions and Polish groups
that had fought against
the Nazis would be per-
mitted to lay wreaths at
the monument.
"Based upon these assur-
ances," Rabbi- Schindler
said, "we decided to go
ahead with our mission."
Meanwhile, in New York,
an official of the Anti-
Defamation 'League of Bnai
Brith said that it is "regret-
table" that world Jewry has
agreed to participate in the
Politsh government spon-
sored commemoration.
However, Jews who do
participate should use the
occasion to denounce "hu-
man rights violations and
anti-Semitism in Poland,"
according to Abraham
Foxman, associate national
director of the ADL. Fox-
man, who is native of Po-
land and a survivor of the
Holocaust, noted in a
statement issued here that
"in recent months, anti-
Semitic canards have been
spread by the Patriotic
Grunwald Union with no
government
evident
The
counter-action.
government-controlled
press has published anti-
Semitic articles and car-
toons, he said.

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