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VOL. LXXXIII, No. 18
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July 1, 1983
$120,000 NEH Funding Helps
Texas Movies Glorifying PLO
Council and ADL
Radio Talk Shows
The Jewish Community Council of Metropolitan De-
troit and the Michigan Regional Office of the Anti-
Defamation League of Bnai Brith made public today a
letter sent on behalf of both groups to Michael Packer,
operations manager of radio station WXYZ. Packer, at this
writing, has not responded.
Citing months of complaints received by both agencies,
and a year-long listening to the station by ADL's Media
Committee, the letter charges "wide-spread community
perception of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic programming by
call-in talk show hosts, guests and callers . ."
Referring to call-in show hosts Mark Scott and
Kevin Joyce specifically and charging Joyce with
"routinely" dispensing "disinformation" and
"highly-biased programming relative to anti-
Semitism and Israel," the letter goes on to state that
"the station is rife with such sentiments ... aired by
other on-air personalities as well."
Claiming that Joyce permits "vicious anti-Semitic
canards," the agencies scored the appearances of Nazis
"and others of that ilk" who have been given guest-spots in
the station's programming.
The letter, signed by David Lebenbom, president of the
JCCouncil, and Elaine Block, president of the ADL, states
that they "do not understand why WXYZ insists on pander-
ing to spokespersons who . . . incite hatred and violence"
and calls upon station management to "monitor scheduled
guests and . . . eliminate the climate of anti-Semitism."
The ADL has complained at various times over the
past years, and cites a response from Packer which as-
sured the agency that Kevin Joyce stated he was not an
anti-Semite. More recently, complaints from the Jewish
and non-Jewish community centered upon comments from
the hosts which incite callers, give hostile treatment to
callers who are not anti-Israel, hanging up on callers who
don't reflect the host's bias, and allowing unlimited time to
pro-PLO, anti-Israel, anti-Semitic speakers, while treating
pro-Israel spokespersons with disdain and contempt.
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NEW YORK (JTA — William Bennett, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities
(NEH), said last week that a film about Palestinian women produced under a $120,000 grant from the NEH
was a "political tract" and his_ agency therefore had "no rightful business in funding" it.
Bennett made the statement to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency after receiving a complaint from the
Anti-Defamation League of Bnai Brith claiming that the film was "unabashed propaganda for the
Palestine Liberation Organization."
"I have seen the film, and I personally think the Anti-Defamation League is right," he said.
"Nothing of this film is in the humanities; there is no understanding, nor appreciation of the
discipline of the humanities to be gained by viewing the film," he added.
An NEH spokesman noted that the money for the film was granted in 1980, before Bennett's term as
chairman had begun.
The 30-minute film, "Women Under Siege," prepared for use in high schools and colleges, "glorifies the
PLO," said Nathan Perlmutter, ADL's national director.
Declaring that "obviously, American taxpayers never intended their money to be used for such a
purpose," Perlmutter called for an investigation to determine how the grant was approved.
The film is the last of a series of three, entitled "Reformers and Revolutionaries: Middle
Eastern Women," produced by Elizabeth Fernea of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies of the
University of Texas at Austin under a grant of $120,000 from the National Endowment for the
Humanities. It is being distributed nation--
any by Icarus Films, New York City.
Perlmutter said that he not only found it
"peculiar" that a federal agency dedicated to the
humanities provided funds for a film which
promotes a terrorist organization which has kil-
NEW YORK (JTA)
The decision by the delegate
led and hijacked Americans, among others, but
assembly of the Jewish Community Council of Greater
that the NEH did so when U.S. policy forbids
Washington t9 refuse council membership to the New
recognition of, or contact with, the PLO.
Jewish Agenda will not deter efforts by the Agenda to
continue to seek application into Jewish community urn-
"Curiously," he added, "the funds for this
brella organizations throughout the country, according to
PLO promotion were provided despite and
Lee Levin, national co-chairman of the Agenda.
shortly after the Carter Administration dis-
Levin said that as a national Jewish organization, the
missed its Ambassador to the United Nations
Agenda, which has 38 chapters across the country and a
for meeting with PLO representatives."
national membership of nearly 2,500, should be acknowl-
Noting that the project was approved by the
edged as a representative of the Jewish community and
NEH under guidelines in effect in 1980,
thus meets the specific criteria for representation in Jewish
Perlmutter said that "the pro PLO bias" per-
community umbrella groups. She said the onus should not
meates the film as the camera and narrator
be on the Agenda but on the part of the umbrella organiza-
on the experiences of six Arab women in
Rashadiya, a PLO camp in southern Lebanon
While maintaining that the Agenda, formed in De- •
six miles from the Israeli border.
cember 1980, does continue to represent an alternative to
the "established" Jewish community, Levin told the Jewish
Perlmutter said that while the movie
Telegraphic Agency that by submitting an application for
ostensibly depicts progressive social
membership in the JCCouncil of Greater Washington, this
changes wrought among Arab women by
N ew Jewish Agenda
to Seek Recognition
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,Lubavitch Dispute Conservative
Version of Bar Mitzva Incident
NEW YORK (JTA) — A report by the movement for Conservative Judaism in Israel
that members of the Lubavitch movement disrupted a Conservative Bar Mitzva cere-
mony in Kiryat Gat was denounced by the director of the Lubavitch educational system,
in the southern Israeli town. Rabbi Shalom Volpa, director of Makhanaim, currently on a
brief visit to the United States, said the report by Rabbi Philip Spectre, executive director
of the Conservative movement in Israel, was "erroneous" and "scurrilous."
Spectre made the charge during a press conference at the Jewish Theologi-
cal Seminary on June 16. He said that if "extreme elements" of Orthodoxy in
Israel continued to harass the Conservative movement, "we will urge American
Jews not to assist them anymore."
The ceremony, which Spectre said included both Bar and Bat Mitzva rites, took place
at the start of May. Volpa said the rites took place in Neve Chana, a home for children
from broken homes.
Volpa charged, in his counter-criticism, that the families of the children, whom he
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July 4th Reflections:
Can It Happen Here?
By DR. IRVING GREENBERG
National Jewish Resource Center
NEW YORK — Older readers will recall Sinclair Lewis' chil-
ling book from the 1930s — entitled, "It Can't Happen Here." In this
book, Lewis warned with passion and irony against the apathy of
those who dismissed Nazism and anti-Semitism in America with the
cliche that "it can't happen here."
After a period of sharp improvement in Jewish standing in
America and of growing complacency, American Jewry has been
rocked by a rise in anti-Semitic incidents as well as in attitudes
hostile to Israel. Since July 4 is traditionally a time of congratulat-
ory rhetoric about America and American Jewry, perhaps it is the
right time to ask: "Can it happen here?" — or even, "Is it happening
There has been an increase in anti-Semitic incidents — espe-
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