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December 16, 1983 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-12-16

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Friday, December 16, 1983 3

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Israel Has PLO in Quandary Over Evacuation Intentions

(Continued from Page 1)

Tripoli further death, injury
and destruction which has
been on almost daily occur-
ence in that northern Leba-
non port city as a result of
the fighting between
Arafat's forces and a
Syrian-backed PLO group
seeking to gain control of
the terrorist organization.
In a terse statement Fri-
day, Romberg said: "We
hope that plans to evacuate
the PLO to Tripoli will pro-
ceed unimpaired in order to
resolve expeditiously a
situation that has already
led to many civilian casual-

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Romberg said the U.S.
"joined the United Na-
tions Security Council
consensus endorsing the
use of the UN flag" for
"humanitarian concern."
He said the U.S. also sup-
ported the decision be-
cause it viewed "the de-
parture of a large
number of PLO fighters
as a step consistent with
our objective of the with-
drawal of foreign forces
from Lebanon."

Meanwhile, Romberg
said that the bomb which
exploded Monday at the
American Embassy in

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Greece, which is due to
supply the ships for the
evacuation, has asked
France, the United States,
Italy and Britain for naval
protection. In its turn,
France has asked Israel for
assurances that it will not
open fire at the evacuation
vessels. The French say Is-
rael has not yet replied,
though Israeli officials were
quoted as having said,
"Arafat will have to keep on
guessing till the last mo-
ment."

The French government
continues to believe that
no lasting solution to the
Middle East conflict can

Zeldis Novel 'Forbidden Love'

By SUSAN BIRNBAUM

(Copyright 1983, JTA, Inc.)

Noting to her husband
that the boy next door who
has come calling to inquire
about their daughter is "ex-
tremely polite and sincere,"
and has an admirable com-
mand of Arabic, S'ad
Malek's words are met with
a curt, "But he is a Jew!"
This understanding, voiced
by an extremely liberal,
well-educated Arab writer
who for about 30 years has
been penning entreaties for
peace, underlies the entire
scope of Chayym Zeldis'
CHAYYM ZELDIS
masterful novel, "A Forbid- wish only for peace and
den Love" (Berkley).
understanding.
Zeldis, whose descriptive
The adults — D'vora Ar-
prose reaches lofty heights non, physician, and her
in beauty' and freshness, has husband, Arie, of the Israeli
created what could easily be Foreign Office; and
written off as a conven- Mahmoud Malek, writer,
tional "Romeo and Juliet" of crippled by a land mine, and
the Middle East. Not so.
his wife, S'ad, who only
This historical novel, yearns to be friendly with
spanning the years from Is- her neighbors — know,
rael's pre-birth days without being told, that
through her wars, is an as- their children have been
toundingly moving story of getting to know each other
two generations of Israeli intensely despite all their
next-door neighbors, Arab differences and despite —
and Jew. Using a simple de- indeed, because of — the
vice, a dividing hedge run- hedge. And they know that
ning the length of a shared they will grow to, adulthood
property on the outskirts of with increasing love.
Jerusalem, Zeldis has
Critical and admonish:
created a modern Pyramus
ing,
but with great love, the
and Thisbe.
Two little children, Uri parents advise against the
Arnon and Layleh Malek, relationship all the while it
meet shyly at the age of is clear that they are, in
six. Through the hedge fact, jealous. Their children
they exchange dolls, pic- are achieving through
tures, poems, short simplicity and natural
phrases of endearment in human bent the very thing
Hebrew and Arabic. for which the adults have
Each of them is highly striven their whole lives to
perceptive, loving, direct attain.
Neither side is untouched
descendants of compas-
sionate parents who have by war. All have lost loved
lived through war and ones. Both families are in-
tensely attached to their
backgrounds. And yet, be-
yond this lies a tremendous
desire to overcome the
hatred that has caused their
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Kuwait, "will not deter us
from pursuing a steady pol-
icy in the Middle East." Five
non-American personnel of
the Embassy were killed
and 37 others injured after a
truck crashed through the
main gate of the Embassy
compound, went 50 yards, to
the Embassy annex where a
large bomb was detonated.
_ France still favors the un-
impeded , evacuation.
Foreign Minister Claude
Cheysson said this week
that France and America
are "in full agreement" on
the need to evacuate the
Palestinians from the
northern Lebanese port.

255-1540

The adults watch as the
children groW to adult-
hood, meeting nightly by
the hedge. At their age of
maturity, they realize
that the wall that forms
the limit of their common
property has always
served as a tacit bound-
ary — and that it, too, can
be scaled. One night, in
mutual assent, they climb
the wall and begin to
know the other side. They
then learn that their will
enables them ,to explore

the world together, out-
side the confines of the
closed-off life they have
always accepted.

be found without active
PLO participation and
that Arafat has both a
unifying and modeiating
influence. French policy
aims at enabling Arafat
to leave Tripoli with his
political prestige un-
scathed.

Jewish organizations in
France have vehemently
protested against this atti-
tude. The Representative
Council of Major French
Jewish Organizations
(CRIF) said this policy "can
no longer be defended fol-
lowing last week's terrorist
bus attack in Jerusalem."
CRIF president Theo
Klein called on President
Francois Mitterrand to
adopt a more balanced pol-
icy "now that Arafat and the
PLO have shown that they
are definitely opposed to
any peaceful solution."

Zeldis is a wonderful
writer whose ability to cap-
ture physical settings and
human emotions with great
clarity and beauty enhances
and renews an oft-told
story. He is adept at infus-
ing his characters with
great pride and dignity and
in creating a very real
people on page. Few readers
will not be moved and
enriched by "A Forbidden
Love."

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