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March 16, 1984 - Image 5

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-03-16

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The Finest For The Finest


Southfield At 13 Mile



Rabbi Arthur Starr

Temple Adath Yeshurun
Manchester, N.H.


* *

No Support

It does not make good
horse sense to support Jesse
Jackson. I didn't hear or
read anything that says


Is Having Their


Jackson and

I understand the concern
about Rev. Jackson's ap-
pearance at my synagogue
and, let me add, I share that
concern very deeply. There_
are, however, a few things
that the news coverage
didn't include or totally dis-
1. Rev. Jackson was one of
seven (of the eight) candi-
dates to appear here that
night. All had been invited.
It would have been far
worse if we hadn't invited
Jackson when all of the
others were invited.
2. Jackson only decided at
4:30 that afternoon to come
to the temple. He was origi-
nally going to send a repre-
sentative of his campaign --
a Jew — to speak for him.
3. The congregation did
not give Jackson a standing
ovation. Because of the
crowd, more than half of the
people here were standing
throughout the evening.
4. The applause that
greeted Jackson was for
those issues where Jews are
in agreement with his posi-
tions. (For example, his
comment about Reagan
wanting prayer in the pub-
lic schools and then taking
away the food over which
they could pray.)
5. I made it clear in every
interview that I respected
Rev. Jackson for admitting
his guilt and apologizing for
it, but that I did not support
him because our beliefs on
crucial issues —. particu-
larly the Middle East — are
too different. My not voting
for Jackson was based not
on his use of an ethnic slur,
but on the difference of our
views, in the same way that
I did not vote for six other
6. Neither I nor my wife
and children ever put on a
Jackson button or a sticker
— that night or at any time
before or after.-
There is much more that I
could write about that in-
credible experience. Be as-
sured that my interests and
concerns are for the welfare
of the Jewish people, wher-
ever they live. I do believe
that dialogue between Jews
and blacks — as in all inter-
faith dialogue — is essential
for a peaceful relationship.
Many decades of close
Jewish-black relations ac-
complished a great deal.
Renewing that dialogue —
with Jackson or any other
black leaders — is impor-
tant to both communities.
This same sentiment has
been expressed by our na-
tional Jewish leaders.

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Jackson has finished the is-
sue. He refused to apologize
or refute the statement. He
referred to his usage of the
terms as boyhood language.
Although Jackson states
he is in favor of a Palesti-
nian state, he demonstrated
that he can be manipulated
by President Assad of Syria.
Assad was attempting to
make Reagan look ridicul-
ous and used Jesse Jackson
to succeed.
Jews have a duty to them-
selves to be suspicious of
anyone in politics. We
should always be wary of
candidates. We should not
be concerned with creating
a black unity or rift but
more concerned with how
every ethnic_ group's politi-
cal views coincide with ours.
I don't feel that we, as
Jews, have a right to
threaten any political hope-
ful. On the other hand, the
hopefuls should understand
we are watching, listening
and coming to our own con-
clusions about each can-
didate, not what Jewish
groups, for various reasons,
want us to believe.
If we are to remain a via-
ble force in U.S. politics, we
had better use common
sense not horse sense.

Flora L. Castleman


* * *

No Namesake

I was dumbfounded by
Rev. Jesse Jackson using
my given name of "Hymie"
as a racial slur of my fellow
Jews. But, of course, it was
Rev. Jackson who said he is
not against Jews, just
Zionism, which he said is "a
poisonous weed" and that
"Zionism is rooted in race."
Is Rev. Jackson suggest-
ing that Zionism, being ac-
coring to him a "poisonous
weed,',' should be destroyed?
Does Jackson know what he
is saying? To be a Jew, is to
be a Zionist. It is part of the
Jewish faith.
Why is the Rev. Jackson
so much against Israel and
so strongly supports the
Palestine Liberation
Organization (PLO)? Could
it be for money?
It was reported that to a
meeting of Arab-American
businessmen, Jesse Jackson
demanded an "immediate
infusion of funds from the

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Pres., Jack Seiderman-548-7252
Max Pines-358-0715
Sam Freedman-559-2033
Sam Seltzer-546-3645
Sigmunt Rubin-626-8594

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