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February 10, 1984 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-02-10

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16 Friday, Februry 10, 1984

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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The National Geographic
magazine, in general a
first-class publication, has
never been a treasure trove
of pro-Israel writing. Arti-
cles on more exotic places
like Iraq and Syria tend to
stress ancient history and
local charm, while Israel is
portrayed as a materialistic
Western enclave — one that
was somehow grafted on to
the Arab Middle East.
February's issue features
a long article on Jordan.
"Kingdom in the Middle,"
as author Thomas Aber-
crombie puts it. He's not

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quite sure what it is in the
middle of, however. For in-
stance, Abercrombie tells of
crossing the Allenby Bridge
from Jordan to the West
Bank. An Israeli policewo-
man met him: " 'Welcome to
Israel,' she dismissed me in
English. Relieved to be
through the formalities, I
didn't bother to correct her.
But, although Israel has
occupied this side of the
river since 1967, it has yet
to formally annex the West
Bank. I had merely crossed
from Jordan into Jordan. Or
had I?"
Further along, Aber-
crombie writes of other bor-
der crossings: from Jordan
to Jordan (or 'Israel' or
`occupied territory') and
back again . ."
At first glance, Aber-
crombie's slant is not
surprising. Israel's claim
to the West Bank is far
from universally ac-
cepted. Most of the inter-
national community —
and a good half of Israelis
themselves — consider
the West Bank to be dis-
puted territory. The offi-
cial Israeli position on
the area is that it, like ev-
erything else between the
two nations, can be dis-
cussed in direct negotia-
tions with Jordan. Ac-
cordingly, Abercrom-
bie's dismissal of Israel's
claim is to be expected.
But there is more. In fact,
National Geographic dis-

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misses Israel's claim — not
only to the West Bank but to
Jerusalem and to the Ju-
dean desert, too. Abercrom-
bie tells of being guided
around Jordan and the West
Bank by a university pro-
fessor. "On his day off, he
guided me on a tour of the
West Bank's back roads .. .
As we went along, Kamal
(the guide) pointed out Is-
raeli settlements; some 150
are already under construc-
tion. Some seemed little
more than small military
observation posts; others
like Ramot or Neve Yaacov
on the northern edge of
Jerusalem, were high-rise
subdivisions housing
thousands."
Ramot and Neve Yaacov
are, of course, not on the
West Bank at all. They are
in Jerusalem (although in
areas occupied by Jordan
prior to 1967) and can be
labeled West Bank settle-
ments only by those who op-
pose a unified Jerusalem,
and Israeli administration
of its own capital city.
• Then there is Masada,
which is in the Dead Sea
desert — an area that has
been Israel's since 1948.
Abercrombie writes:
"Built for pleasure as
well as protection, King
Herod's fortified palace
on the West Bank (em-
phasis ours) contained a
garden, bath houses and
costly royal apartments

Abercrombie notes that
during the Jewish revolt
against the Roman occupa-
tion of Palestine in "A.D.
66-70, the great circular
bastion sheltered rebels
from Roman legions. There
is a story that 'defenders
here, among the last Jewish
groups -to fall, chose mass
suicide over surrender."
This is mind-boggling.
First, Abercrombie moves
Masada to the West Bank.
Then he refers to the
suicides of its 900 defenders
as "a story." He chooses to

ignore both the historical
description of the Masada
suicides by Josephus (who
heard it from eyewitnesses)
and the physical evidence of
the deaths — including the
skeletal remains of Masa-
da's heroes.
Abercrombie, thus, does
what he can to downgrade
the ancient continuous
Jewish connection to the
land of Israel. He seems to,
understand that to concede
the age-old tie between the
Jews and "Palestine" will
justify the Jewish return
home.
In any case, the Aber-
crombie portrait of Jor-
dan is typical of biased
reporting on the situation
in the territories held by
Israel since 1967. Aber-
crombie even pays the
obligatory call on Mrs.
Miriam Levinger (wife of
Gush Emunim leader
Moshe Levinger). Rabbi
and Mrs. Levinger live —
with six other families —
in Hebron.

As is her custom, Mrs.
Levinger offered Aber-
crombie the religious case
for Israeli retention of the
West Bank allowing Aber-
crombie (like others who
interview Mrs. Levinger) to
ignore the real reason for Is-
rael's presence in the area.
It is not religion and not his-
tory that justifies Israel's
hold on the West Bank — it
is security. Without the
West Bank, Israel is eight
miles wide and the Tel Aviv
metropolitan area (in which
a million Israelis live) is vir-
tually walking distance
from an Arab world which
still opposes Israel's- exist-
ence.
But naturally enough,
Abercrombie prefers the
fundamentalist claim to the
West Bank to the one of-
fered by Israel's military
and most of its people. It is
much easier to shoot down
religious claims than to dis-
pute strategic facts.

.

Offensive Line Cut from Play

TEL AVIV (JTA) — A
Haifa theater has agreed to
a personal request by
President Chaim Herzog to
delete a line offensive to
religious sensibilities from
a play about the 17th Cen-
tury false messiah, Shabtai
Zvi, if the playwright, Mar-
tin Sherman is amenable.
Sherman is presently. in
London.
The line has a disillu-
sioned follower of Shabtain
Zvi curse God. But another
line, in which a character
denies the existence of God,
will remain despite fierce
protests from religious
quarters.
The play, "Messiah,"
opened to poor reviews of
its artistic merits and was
about to close when a
bomb threat by Orthodox
religious zealots revived
public interest in the
production. The Haifa
municipality which owns
the theater rejected Or-
thodox demands to force
the management to with-
draw the play. Aguda Is-

rael members of the
Knesset Finance Com-
mittee attempted to hold
up funds for Haifa until
the municipality com-
plied.
As a result, religious cen-
sorship and religious coer-
cion became the issue
rather than the offending
lines. The theater manage-
ment plans to take the •
production on tour of Israel
to demonstrate that it will
not bow to religious or polit-
ical pressure.

Fleet Boosts
Israel Economy

HAIFA (ZINS) — The
U.S. Sixth Fleet has been an
economic boon to Israel,
pouring millions of dollars
into the Israeli economy,
especially in the Haifa area.
According to the news-
paper Haaretz, ship
maintenance and repairs at
the Israel Shipyards in
Haifa have been worth
$400,000 during the last
two months alone.

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