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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-12-09

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6 Friday, December 9, 1983

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Stronger U.S. Anti-Terrorism Laws Advocated

(Continued from Page 1)
tion" a criminal act in
each state. This is a good
beginning, but we need to
move beyond it to create
a network of state and
Federal legislation to
protect the privacy of
loyal citizens and to
punish the wrongful acts
of disloyalists.
A month ago, after deliv-
ering a public lecture- on
"Anti-Semitism and Politi-
cal Extremism" in Los
Angeles, I found myself con-
fronted by a group of young
toughs. They had been pass-
ing out "historical re-
visionist" and neo-Nazi lit-
erature as the audience
exited the building. They
accosted me, tried to
encircle me, and verbally
assaulted me.
Having had the same ex-
perience several times be-

fore, I backed up to a wall
and signaled to some col-
leagues to come over.
The youths wore the
rough clothes of work-
ingmen. They had the hard,
emotionless faces and
"spaced-out" eyes one occa-
sionally encounters in reli-
gious or political fanatics.
Seething in them, but
awaiting the favorable
opportunity, was an explo-
sion of physical violence.
In another place and
time — backed, for in-
stance, by a criminal Nazi
government — they
would have joyfully be-
aten up both lecturer and
accessible members of
the audience.
They were not "juvenile
delinquents," and their of-
fense was not minor. Their
bravado was plainly rein-
forced by peer-group sup-

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port in some disloyal ex-
tremist organization. Sup-
ported by the presence of my
own peer-group, I raised my
voice in condemnation.
As I had said in the lec-
ture, I told them their publi-
cations should be stopped,
their organization suppres-
sed and themselves put in
jail — if only we had the
laws, enforced according to
due process, to deal appro-
priately with them and
their activities.
Whenever I remember,
the first thing that occurs to
me is the question of what I
would do if I were alone on a
dark street — the situation,
in short, in which a Jewish
schoolboy or student may
find himself. The second
thought is this: What is
being done to put terrorist
groups off the streets and in
the jails where they belong?
One of the young bul-
lies in LA was shrewd
enough to sneer, "But
we're entitled to free
speech. Even your own
ACLU says that ..." And
I replied, "Not my ACLU
!" But the question
hangs: How can we get
some of the creative
minds that have settled
for sloganizing about
"symbolic speech" (wear-
ing uniforms!) to think
creatively about the

JERUSALEM — "Since
1967, and especially since
1976, there are indications
of a process of renewed revi-
val of a national Palestinian
community on the West
Bank and East Jeruslaem,
with a leadership, national
and economic institutions,
and more . . . a kind of state
in formation. All of this is
taking place to a certain ex-
tent according to the in-
structions of the PLO and
under its influence, but also
parallel to it and in opposi-
tion to its views."
Thus spoke Prof. Moshe
Maoz of the Hebrew Uni-
versity of Jerusalem at a
seminar on the university's

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threat of terrorist move-
ments?
What good are 19th Cen-
tury slogans, even some im-
portant positions, that have
never been examined in the
light of the Holocaust?
The use of terrorism as a
political weapon is a mod-
ern phenomenon, for until
the modern age there were
no governments with lib-
erty and self-government
built into their constitu-
tions. The assault of ter-
rorist movements on repre-
sentative governments —
and it is the legitimate gov-
ernments that are assaulted
— is a modern phenomenon.
The defense of legitimate
governments, which are at
best but 15 percent of the
regimes represented in the

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Mount Scopus campus.
Prof. Maoz added that
"just as the Palestinian
nationalist movement was
formed initially to face the
challenge of the nationalist
Jewish movement; so, too,
current Israeli rule over the
territories which were con-
quered in 1967 has contrib-
uted to a great extent to the
flowering of a Palestinian
nationalism with national
institutions."
Both exterior and
internal factors were in-
volved in influencing this
process, said Prof. Maoz.
Among the local factors
are included Israeli rule
in the West Bank, such as
an occupying authority,
the security policy of the
government of Israel, the
policy of settlement and
expropriation of land, the
social-economic policy of
open borders, and so
forth.
In reviewing the de-
velopment of a nationalist
leadership following the
mayoral elections in 1976,
Prof. Maoz said, "The Israeli
government of the Labor
Alignment, and the Likud
in the period of (Ezer)
Weizman became accus-
tomed to the phenomenon of
a rise in the strength of the
extreme radical forces and
attempted to conduct a
dialogue with them. There
even was the idea of
encouraging the establish-
ment of an alternative lead-
ership to that of the PLO.
"This policy changed rad-
ically in 1980 when Ariel
Sharon became defense
minister. When Sharon be-
came aware of a coalescent
community, he undertook
systematic action to neut-
ralize its institutions."

United Nations, is the re- First Amendment be read
sponsibility of an informed again and interpreted to
and vigorous citizenry. De- mean precisely what it
spotisms and dictatorships says. At no point does it
fear civic initiative. Con- say that violent actions,
stitutional monarchies, re- or threatening actions, or
publics and democracies disloyal organization
have to rely upon active aimed at overthrowing
citizens to keep them viable the republic are pro-
and strong.
tected by the Constitu-
Terrorist movements tion!
do not belong in the pub-
Terrorist movements
lic forum. They have have declared themselves
drawn the knife. Their outside the rules of civil dis-
speeches and pamphlets course, and have shown
threaten violence. Their themselves unfit for the
style of organization, public forum. Let us put
para-military formations them outside, where they
and public activities belong — by their own defi-
indicate clearly what nition, and now by ours.
they will do if they ever
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