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October 28, 1983 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-10-28

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Will Dodin Resignation Halt Progress on West Bank?

(Copyright 1983, JTA, Inc.)

Mustafa Dodin, founder
and chairman of the Feder-
ation of Village Leagues of
the West Bank, resigned
last month — another casu-
alty of the war in Lebanon
and the subsequent resig-
nations of Ariel Sharon as
Defense Minister and
Menahem Milson as Civil
Administrator in the West
Bank. (The Civil Adminis-
trator serves under the
Military Governor who is
under the Defense Minister,
so Sharon was Milson's
Dodin and his Village
Leagues were the chosen in-
strument of Sharon and
Milson to organize the Arab
farmers against the PLO.
The theory was this: More
than two-thirds of the West
Bankers were farmers; the
cities with their mayors and
traditional leaders were
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in legally and illegally from
the Persian Gulf States and
the PLO; the villages
needed roads, wells and
schools. They were getting
the short end of the stick;
let's help them through the
Village Leagues, said Sha-
ron and Milson, and make
them friends of Israel;
money talks.
It worked for awhile in a
limited fashion. At least
some villages were helped.
In the Hebron District, 50
miles of village roads were
built, 24 schools were estab-
lished, electricity was
brought into several vil-
lages and a project to supply
water to 16 villages was
under construction. And
some mass meetings were
held under the slogan of
"Yes to Peace" with Israel.
One meeting last November
in Hebron was attended by
2,000. The Jerusalem Post
headed its report of this
meeting: "Village 'Leagues
Become a Serious Force."

Then Sharon was re-
placed by Moshe Arens.
The policy of support for
the Village Leagues was
changed and Dodin had
to go.

Why did Arens cease his
support? Did he expect to
find a West Bank leader
more amenable to Israel's

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settlements and claim of
sovereignty? Of course, not.
It was a matter of conveni-
ence, of trying to maintain
peaceful relations with all
factions in the West Bank
and, chiefly, it was agree-
ment with American policy
toward Dodin — and Arens
is more attuned to Ameri-
can policy than any other
member of the Israel
The sad fact is that Dodin
never got to first base with
the State Department. Any
resident of the West Bank
can be received at the
American Consulate in
East Jerusalem — but not
Dodin. When he was in
Washington, several Con-
gressmen tried to get him
an appointment at the State
Department. Not even the
lowliest assistant deskman
would talk to him.
Here was the proverbial
moderate Arab that
everyone is looking for but
can rarely find, a man who
talks of peace, of Arabs and
Jews living side by side, and
no American official will
talk to him. I asked an
American Consul in East
Jerusalem for an explana-
tion. He replied:
, "It's our job to main-

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memorate the more than
one million children who
perished in the Holocaust,
according to Tzvi Netzer, a
member of the executive
board of Beit Lohamei
Haghetaot, who is touring
the United States to help
raise funds for the project.
Netzer said that the re-
search center will be named
after Yitzhak Zuckerman
(Antek) and Zivia Lubetkin,
leaders of the Warsaw
Ghetto uprising, who were
members of the Kibutz
Lohamei Haghetaot until
their death more than a
year ago:

The children's memo-
rial, Netzer said, will con-
tain four units: a shrine; a
section dealing with art
by Jewish children; and a
wing devoted to the life
and legacy of Janusz
Korczak, the famed
educator who was mur-
dered by the Nazis.

There is also a plan to
build an auditorium and
classrooms as well as a din-
ing room and coffee shop as
part of the Beit' Lohamei
Haghetaot Museum, Netzer
said. He added that the
project will cost several mil-
lion dollars, part of which
will be raised in Israel and
part in the United States
through the American
Friends of the Ghetto
Fighters' House.
The house started as a
documentation center
which has expanded over
the years.
The house also has pub-
lished more than 140 books
in Hebrew and scores of
books in other languages
dealing with the Holocaust.

Friday, October 28, 1983 5


were told bluntly that if
we talked to Dodin, no
one else, but no one,
would talk to us. We
made a choice."

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Arens has now made the
same choice. Lately he has
been visiting the traditional
leaders of the West Bank
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Jerusalem Post that he was
impressed with the caliber,
on a personal if not a politi-
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talked to.
Arens is trying to write a
new chapter in the military
government of the West
Bank. The old chapter and
Dodin had to be written off.

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