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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-02-10

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, February 10, 1984'

Much-Maligned Wen egade' Major Saad Haddad

Middle East. A, Greek
Catholic and a professional
National Institute
soldier, he broke from the
on the Holocaust
Lebanese army command to
PHILADELPHIA — The fight the PLO and Syrian
death of Major Saad Haddad invaders of his country.
by cancer is a serious loss to
At the time, the govern-
the pursuit of peace in the ment of Lebanon and the

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military command had not
yet awakened to the fact
that nothing less than the
destruction of Lebanon —
now openly advocated by
one of the Muslim chief-
tains, Walid Jumblatt —
would satisfy the Arab
League and its satraps. The
dream of the Arab League of
a nation of Islam with no
remaining Christian or
Jewish oases in the midst
hovered over the military
strategy of Lebanon's
enemies.
A few years ago, it was
customary for fellow-
travelers of the Communist
line and apologists for PLO
terrorism (frequently the
same persons) to hold up the
model of a pluralistic,
democratic Lebanon in con-
trast to "Zionist" Israel. But
there was no intention then,
and there is no intention
now, to tolerate Christian
and Jewish "islands" in the
Muslim sea, any more than
there is an intention to
change the laws under
which, in all but two coun-
tries of the Arab League, to
convert from Islam to an-
other religion is punishable
by death.
The practical program
to destroy Lebanon was
launched following the
Yom Kippur War of 1973.
Syria had never recog-
nized the existence of an
independent Lebanon in
any case, and had never
sent an ambassador to
Beirut. Lebanon was
conceived as a province
of "Greater Syria."
In the rattlesnake attack
on Israel in 1973, the
Lebanese military corn-
niand refused to join in and

close the ring. The Lebanese
civil and military leaders
had, by and large, imitated '
the inflamed rhetoric of
other rulers in countries
surrounding Israel; but
common sense prevailed in
the military showdown.
Israel did not have to de-
fend its northern border,
and again was victorious
against enormous odds. The
propaganda campaign
against the Lebanese mili-
tary, stressing the claim
that it was unfairly con-
trolled by Christian officers,
was then greatly increased.
But the real offense was
that command's refusal to
join the jihad against Israel.
In 1975-1976, the Syrian
army invaded Lebanon,
during a civil war induced
by PLO disloyalists who had
been given refuge in that
country when Hussein of
Jordan drove out those he
didn't kill in September of
1970. They had tried to as-
sassinate him and over-
throw his regime.
The Lebanese gave the
Palestinians refuge, and
the PLO turned around
and established a state
within a state. With the
Syrian invasion, and the
hookup with the PLO,
Major Haddad and his
men broke away from the
central military com-
mand, still controlled by
a government that was
trying to negotiate a set-
tlement acceptable to

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Syria and the Arab men who fought to free at
least a part of their country
League (backing Syria).
Reluctantly, after being from the invaders who in-
frustrated in requests for itiated its destruction. They
aid from Western European would have accepted help
powers, Haddad turned for wherever they could get it,
aid to the only government and they took it gladly from
willing to help him defend the only quarter that re-
sponded: Israel.
his country: Israel.
Shortly before his death,
In a territory without an
effective central govern- a Lebanese court reinstated
ment, broken into compet- him with full rights in the
ing fiefdoms, and finally Lebanese army. Protected
two-thirds controlled by in Beirut by an interna-
Syria, Major Haddad and tional force, brought finally
his men carved out a thin to understand the implaca-
strip of control on the south, ble enmity of Arab League
along the border with Israel. despots and dictators, the
The popular media, fre- Lebanese government took
quently echoing Com- a token action which may
munist and/or Arab League show increased realism and
propaganda, have over the awareness. But they might
years featured Arafat and have spared their country
his terrorists and defamed massive destruction and
Haddad. Most international continuing, political chaos
press services, for instance, had they read the signs
spread throughout the rightly in the late 1973, or
world the charge that he had they followed Haddad's
and his men were involved lead at the time of the civil
in the massacres of Sabra war of 1975-1976.
The Israel police action in
and Shatila camps — a bra-
the summer of 1982 broke
zen lie.
Even upon his death, the power of the PLO train-
the defamation and the ing camps and ripped apart
falsehoods continue. The the infra-structure of the
Chicago Tribune re- terrorist movement itself.
ported his death under a Arafat and the PLO are no
headline calling him a longer key pawns in Rus-
"renegade," as though sian penetration of the east-
the patriots were the ones ern Mediterranean. And for
who sold out their coun- the Arab League, the
try. The Washington Post strategy of isolating Israel
story dated his resistance and preparing a new war
to the PLO and Syria has turned in other direc-
from "Israel's invasion of tions.
But in his years of leader-
the south in 1978" — a
double falsehood. And so ship, Major Haddad was a
good friend, and -an impor-
forth and so on.
The truth is that Major tant one, of the West, of Is-
Haddad was a patriot. His rael, and of all those who
forces included a large oppose Communist expan-
number of Shiite Muslims sion and the Arab League
as well as Christians, young jihad.

1,000 Homeless Jews in NY

NEW YORK (JTA) — A
rabbi who is involved in
dealing with the Jewish
poor and homeless in the
New York Metropolitan
area, said last week that the
problem of homeless Jews
has in recent years become a
major challenge to the
Jewish community.
"We estimate that the
number of homeless Jews
(in New York) is between
1,000 to 1,200." Rabbi
David Cohen, executive di-
rector of the Metropolitan
New York Coordinating
Council on Jewish Poverty,
said.
Cohen addressed a sym-
posium on "Homelessness
in New York City" at Cong.
Shearith Israel (Spanish
and Portuguese
Synagogue).
Cohen said that the
homeless people . repre-
sent a cross-section of the
population. He said that
they are equally divided
between males and
females, ranging in age
from infants to senior
citizens. In some cases,
the homeless are entire
families, parents and
their children.
He said that many of the
homeless are educated indi-
viduals with high school
diplomas and college de-
grees. He said that the
homeless are victims of un-

employment, "inflated
housing market" and lack of
ability and knowledge
about which welfare agen-
cies to turn to for assistance.
David Liederman, associ-
ate executive director for
the Federation of Jewish
Philanthropies, said that
the federation's Homeless
Project, launched last
March, has served more
than 500 homeless with the
help of other federation-
supported agencies. A re-
cent survey of nearly 450
persons served by the feder-
ation's Homeless Project re-
vealed the following facts on
homeless Jews:
• Families with children
make up 34 percent of the
homeless.
• The majority of the
homeless families — about
52 percent — are headed by
a single parent.
• More than half of the
homeless adults have a high
school diploma, while a few
have college and graduate
degrees.
• Fifty-six percent are be-
tween the ages of 21 and 50.

12th Place

JERUSALEM (JNI) —
Israel recently placed 12th
in a popularity poll of the
most desirable countries in
which to live, conducted by
the British weekly "The
Economist."

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