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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-05-25

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, May 25, 1984

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NEWS

Rationale of anti-Semitism
in United Nations agencies

BY HARRIS SCHOENBERG

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(Editor's note: Schoenberg
is the director of United Na-
tions Affairs of the Interna-
tional Council of B'nai
B'rith. This analysis is
based, in part, on reporting
by B'nai B'rith representa-
tives in Paris and Geneva.)
Not since the days of
Adolf Hitler have the anti-
Semitic themes of the
genocidal Nazi propaganda
machine been aired in- the
West with such impunity.
And, of all places, they are
being aired in the public
forums of the organizations
created to overcome the
Nazi legacy — the United
Nations.
There are very few states,
no more than about 10 out of
158 UN members, that are
involved in the perpetration
of anti-Semitism. In fact, in
1984 this evil, which the
UN was designed to combat,
is largely the work of just
two states — the Soviet
Union and Libya. But a
shocking complacency
among the repreSentatives
of Western European, the
Commonwealth, and other
democracies permits the
bigots to deliver their in-
citements to hatred in one
forum after another without
interruption or objection.
The result has been
pointed out in a letter to UN
Secretary - General Javier
Perez de Cuellar by Israel's
Permanent Representative
to the UN, Yehuda Blum.
"There can be little doubt,"

SYNAGOGUE

Kiddush honors
octognarian

Mrs. Sadie Betman will
be honored on her 80th
birthday at a kiddush
Saturday at Cong. B'nai
David.
Mrs. Betman has two
children, Eleanor Manela
and Maurice Betman, eight
grandchildren and one
great-grandchild. Family
and friends are invited.
She is active at the Oak
Park senior citizens center
and is a member of the
Jewish Community Center.

Anniversaries
dinner event

Cong. Beth Abraham
Hillel Moses will have a
Late Family Worship Serv-
ice on June 1, honoring
members who will celebrate
wedding anniversaries dur-
ing the month of June. Serv-
ices will commence at 8:15
p.m., followed by an Oneg
Shabbat. Rabbi A. Irving
Schnipper will officiate and
Cantor Ben-Zion Lanxner
will chant the liturgy.

wrote Ambassador Blum,"
that the escalation of anti-
Semitic rhetoric at the
United Nations . . . has been
largely responsible for the
recrudescence of anti-
Semitism worldwide and for
the resulting numerous acts
of anti-Jewish violence in
recent years."
Anti-Semitism has been
around the UN for years.
But it was not until the
adoption on Nov. 10, 1975 of
the infamous General As-
sembly Resolution 3379
(linking Zionism with ra-
cism) that the UN gave offi-
cial sanction to anti-
Semitism, as the great
Soviet human rights cham-
pion Andrei Sakharov noted
at the time. Since that
period, the problem has
grown dramatically.

The Nov. 10,
1975 General
Assembly
resolution
linking Zionism
with racism gave
the UN's official
sanction to
anti-Semitism.

It is well-known by now
that Ambassador Ali Treiki
of Libya accused Jews as a
group in the General As-
sembly on Dec. 8 of owning
the pornographic opera-
tions of New York, "exploit-
ing the American people
and trying to debase them.
If we succeed in eliminating
that entity," the former Li-
byan foreign minister con-
cluded, "we shall by the
same token save the Ameri-
can and European peoples."
Among the assembled
delegates, only Ambassador
Blum and Constantin Dom-
balis, representing the
United States, bothered to
protest. To his credit,
Secretary-General de Cuel-
lar issued a statement the
next day in which he regret-
ted "the use in the General
Assembly of epithets and
slurs of a racial, religious or
personal nature, even in the
heat of the debate." The
Secretary-General ap-
pealed to members "to ref-
rain from language unbe-
coming to serious interna-
tional debate."
But his appeal went un-
heeded. At the February:
March session of the UN's
Commission on Human
Rights, the Soviet and Li-
byan delegates engaged
again in racist rhetoric
under the agenda item
entitled "Measures to be
taken against all totalita-
rian . . . ideologies . ."

After alleging at length
common features of Zionism
and Nazism, the Ukrainian
delegate stated that
whereas South Africa's
white majority used apar
theid to dominate th
blacks, Israel with its
theory of the "chosen
people" adopted a policy by
which those "belonging to
the Jewish race" dominated
the Arabs.
V. A. Zorin, the chief
Soviet delegate, whose
speeches are usually fine
tuned to the Communist
Party line, repeatedly
stated that Zionism is re-
lated to Nazism. He claimed
Zionists dwell at length on
the victimization of the
Jews during the Holocaust
to obtain supports and to win
sympathy.
The Libyan representa-
tive, who spoke after Zorin,
described Zionism as a phi-
losophy in which the Jews
claim to be the chosen
people of God.
Byelorussian's
The
speech was similar to those
of his Soviet colleagues.
Responding to these
"monstrous statements,"
the B'nai B'rith representa-
tive at the commission ses-
sion observed on Feb. 23
that they "reveal the tortu-
ous thinking inspiring such
demented slanders."
Challenged by Israel's
Ambassador in Geneva,
Ephraim Dowek, Zorin was
at pains to stress that his
attacks on Zionism were in
keeping with the General
Assembly resolution on the
subject.
Once again, only the
United States joined Israel
in condemning these at-
tacks on the Jewish religion
and on the movement of
Jews to live free in their
own land. U.S. Ambassador
Richard Schifter noted that
"anti-Semitism has now be-
come one of the established
elements of Soviet policy
. . .
He referred very poin-
tedly to the anti-Semitic
remarks in the commission
by the Soviet and Libyan
delegates, differentiating
between opposition to the
political philosophy of
Zionism and attacks on the
right of Jews, like everyor
else, to believe in and pru
mote a liberating political
philosophy of their own.
Cataloging the various as-
pects of officially sponsored
Soviet anti-Semitism,
Schifter concluded that
"there is no doubt that Jews
are today an outcast people
in the Soviet Union for no
reason other than they were
born Jews."
Returning to the subject
of Zionism and Judaism
during the religious in-
tolerance debate in the
Human Rights Commis-

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