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October 07, 1983 - Image 31

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-10-07

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Friday, October 1, 1983 31


Woman Chown
for `Tradition'-: •

Broomfield Suggests a Re-Appraisal of the UN



United Nations ceased to
exist, Israel's enemies
would be forced to re-invent
it to preserve the perfect
forum for their worldwide
anti-Semitic propaganda
To the many shortcom-
ings pointed out by U.S.
Ambassador Charles

Lichenstein in the wake of
the Soviet downing of a civi-
lian airliner should be
added the UN's most de-
spicable feature — its well
earned reputation as a
hotbed of pro-PLO, anti- .
Israeli prejudice.
As if to • reinforce that
reputation, the new presi-
dent of the General Assem-
bly, Jorge Illueca, the vice
president of Panama, took
the occasion of his inau-

Boris Smolar's

`Between You
. . and Me'

Emeritus, JTA

(Copyright 1983, JTA, Inc.)

JEWISH PROFESSORS: There are about 50,000
Jewish professors in American colleges and universities,
according to a study by the Carnegie Commission for
Higher Education. They are more or less equally divided in
age in their 40s, 50s and 60s.
The parents of most of them were immigrants with
little formal education. About one-third of their parents
had only an elementary school education; only about half of
them graduated from high school. Most of the professors
grew up in typical Jewish family settings. Most of them
received an elementary level formal Jewish education cul-
minating in Bar Mitzva ceremonies. Most of them don't
deny their Jewishness, but a very insignificant percentage
of them is involved in Jewish communal activities. With
the exception of those teaching in Jewish institutions of
higher learning, the great majority of the Jewish
academics consider themselves Jews ethnically, not by re-
ligion. However, there are some who observe kashrut and
there is a small organization of Orthodox Jewish profes-
The Carnegie study shows that 32 percent of the
Jewish professors are at schools of the highest quality.
Other studies show that 25 percent of Ivy League college
professors are Jews. There are JeWs holding positions as
presidents of leading universities and deans of leading col-
Today, more than 25 percent of the 50,000 Jewish
professors are teaching law, about 22 percent are teaching
medicine, a large percentage is teaching higher mathema-
tics, physics, chemistry and bio-chemistry.
Leaders of the organized Jewish community are dis-
turbed over the indifference of the great majority of Jewish
professors toward Jewish communal life. They feel that
professors have an influence and can play an important role
in strengthening Jewish feelings not only among students
on the campus but also in the wider Jewish community. The
majority of the professors do not accept what they call the
"communal myth" that they are particularly influential
and that they have a special role to play. They do not see
their participation in communal affairs as an appropriate
part of their role as academics. Practically all of them
support Israel's independence.
PROFILE OF A SCHOLAR: One of the professors
who feels deeply Jewish is Milton Konvitz, who gained
national recognition as a great teacher of Constitutional
law. His books are cited in U.S. Supreme Court opinions.
He has been active for years in the American Jewish
Committee, the American Jewish Congress, and the
American Association for Jewish Education. For his ac-
tivities in Jewish communal life he was awarded in 1954
the Jewish Tercentenary Medal by the Jewish Community
Federation in Newark where he lived before joining the
Cornell University as professor.
Konvitz, who is currently professor emeritus, was
teaching law and industrial and labor relations for 36
years, 23 of them at Cornell. Earlier he was professor at the
New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
He taught courses on judicial administration, civil liberties
and civil rights. His courses at the New York University
were among the first of their kind in the country.
In tribute to him, members of the Cornell faculty
have produced a book which deals with his life and work.
The volume appeared under the title "Rights, Liberties and
Ideals: The Contributions of Milton R. Konvitz" and was
published by Fred Rothman & Co. in Littleton, Colo.
The book, prepared by David J. Daneiski, professor of
political science at Stanford University, opens with an in-
terpretive, comprehensive and analytical study by him of
Konvitz's role in the scholarly world. It brings out also his
philosophy on Jewish ideals and their relation to American
ideal. The book also includes essays by Dr. Konvitz on
Constitutional rights, fundamental liberties, human
rights, and Jewish spiritual values.

longer re-elects the princi-
ples which inspired its
founding fathers. As a re-
sult, the whole world has

gural speech to call for the
establishment of a Palesti-
nian state "under the lead-
ership of the PLO."
The 38-year history of the
world body is replete with
similar repugnant exam-
ples of anti-Israeli leanings.

Efforts are always un-
derway to eject that na-
tion from the General As-
sembly. Just last fall,
Libya led an effort to
deny Israel its seat. The
International Atomic
Energy Agency had also
voted to do the same. This
effort failed when Sec-
retary of State Shultz
firmly announced
America's position on
that issue.
A similar plan was being

concocted for the Interna-
tional Telecommunications
Union in Nairobi. That ef-
fort never materialized,
thanks to U.S. pressure. Is-
rael was banned from the
International Labor Or-
ganization for a short period
but was finally reinstated.

These efforts to expel,
suspend or deny the rights
of any UN member state are
in direct violation of the UN
Charter. Is this justice in ac-
The basic fact is that the
General Assembly and the
Security Council have be-
come professional and
well-paid debating clubs. In
spite of the eloquence of the
speeches, very little is actu-
ally accomplished in those

All too often, the many
Third World countries
that proudly proclaim
their so-called non-
alignment and neutralist
stand -wind up giving
overwhelming support to
the Soviet Union on most
UN votes. Sad but true,
the UN is serving the
Soviet as a worldwide
propaganda forum —
conceived, financed, and
hosted by the United

Although that body's per-
formance has been shabby,
UN spending alone has
risen over 80 percent in five
years. This has meant a rise
in the U.S. assessment and

Youth Recruited
by Neo-Nazis

BONN (JTA) — Neo-
Nazis are successfully re-
cruiting youth gangs and
members of soccer fan clubs
to spread their propaganda,
daub walls with slogans and
generally engage in acts of
hooliganism, two officials of
the city state of liamburg
Alfons Pawelczyk, in-
terior minister, and Christ-
ian Lochte, head of internal
_security, reported that 300
followers of the neo-Nazi
leader Michael Kuehnen,
former army officer, has
been assisted by various
youth groups to pass out
leaflets and display prop-
aganda material.
According to the officials,
Kuehnen regards these
groups, which are in princi-
ple non-political, as a "re-
serve" from which to draw
new members.


contributions to UN volun-
tary organizations, to in-
clude peacekeeping costs,
from $629,125,000 in calen-
dar year 1977 to over
$983,000,000 in 1981.
What would the founding
fathers of that organization
say if they were to witness
some of the antics in the
Security Council and Gen-
eral Assembly? The original
ideals which gave birth to
the UN have been betrayed.
That international body no
* * *

NEW YORK —= Dr. Ayala
Levy-Feldblum, of the Ber-

I congratulated Ambas-
sador Lichenstein for his re-
cent comments at the UN.
Who could even, suggest
that our government
apologize for his remarks?
His comments reflect the
frustration of myself and
many_ Americans when we
think of the UN's high costs,
its ineffectiveness, its one-
sided orientation, and its
inability to serve the
American people and the
people of the world.

With this in mind, I
suggest that the UN engage
in some serious soul search-
ing and introspection. If it
can't clean up its act, then
maybe a Moscow suburb
might be a suitable new
home for that organization.

Brock to Speak
for Broomfield
U.S. trade representative

William Brock will speak 8
a.m. Oct. 21 at the Troy Hil-
ton Inn at a campaign
breakfast for Rep. William
S. Broomfield (R-
There is a charge for the
breakfast. For information,
call Broomfield's Birmin-
gham office, 642-3800.

nard Revel Graduate School
of Yeshiva University, has
become the first woman to
serve on the board of "Tradi-
tion," the scholarly publica-
tion of the Rabbinical Coun-
cil of America.


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