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June 15, 1984 - Image 42

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-06-15

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42 Friday, June 15, 1984


Jewish terror

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ancestral .territories of the
Jewish people was an act of
God, the Finger of the Al-
mighty at work. It would be
sinful, not politically mis-
taken, or a security slip, but
positively sinful, for us to
have permitted the undoing
of such a divine act."
Who, however, can con-
trol messianic ardour once
unleashed? A good part of
Gush Emunim's zeal and
energies went into settle-
ment activities; one part
supported the elitist view
that the various benighted
governments of Israel were
to be circumvented, and at
times treated as a hostile
Rabbi Moshe Levinger
was from the outset iden-
tified with this latter ap-
proach, while at the same
time being in the forefront
of settlement activity.
In the late 1960s and
early 1970s, he was the
moving force in the estab-
lishment of Kiryat Arba, on
the outskirts of Hebron. For
this purpose he exploited
the personal tensions be-
tween then Minister of De-
fense Moshe Dayan and his
main rival for Labor Party
leadership, the late Yigal
Allon. Allon became the
patron of Kiryat Arba.
Several years later the
Gush settlers of Ophra simi-
larly exploited the rivalry
between Labor Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin and
Defense Minister Shimon
Peres to get the former to

support their new settle-
ment at Ophra, while the
latter became the patron of
Sophisticated exploita-
tion of party infighting
"progressed" to actual con-
frontation, at times even
physical confrontation,
with the government and
the army. In 1980, elements
in the Gush which were in
the forefront of attempts to
push settlements into the
very heartland of the Arab
population set up a settle-
ment at Rujeib, near Nab-
lus. Arab appeals to the
High Court that some of the
lands at Rujeib were illeg-
ally confiscated were ac-
cepted, and the court or-
dered the settlement to be
Premier Begin dithered
for some time before he
agreed to execute the court
order; some Gush hotheads
urged physical resistance to
any army unit that would
dare to remove them.
Earlier, Rabbi Levinger
had established a fait ac-
compli by sending in Gush
women and children, in-
cluding his wife and 11 chil-
dren, to occupy Bait Hadas-
sah in Hebron, as a sign of
the determination to renew
Jewish settlement in the
center of that town. This at-
tempt was declared illegal
by Begin, but nothing was
done to remove the Gush
Gush penetration into
Hebron has since extended
to other buildings which
were originally owned by
members of the Jewish
community who had been
massacred by the Arabs of
the town in 1929. (The motif
of vengeance for the mas-
sacre was not absent from
Levinger's justification for
the spread of settlement in
the heart of Arab Hebron.)
More recently, Levinger
was the moving spirit in
persuading the govern-
ment, which is on the verge
of bankruptcy, to announce
grandiose plans for the
takeover and reconstruc-
tion of the Arab shuk of
Hebron, which was torched

WZO may print
Sokolow diaries

London (JTA) — The
World. Zionist Organization
(WZO), is considering pub-
lishng the diaries and pri-
vate papers of Nahum
Sokolow, one of its most
gifted thinkers and dip-
lomats, according to
Sokolow's grandson, Joseph
The diaries, covering
Sokolow's activities over
40 years until his death in
1936, are mostly lodged in
the central Zionist archives,

by Gush vigilantes in retal-
iation for the murder of
yeshiva student Aharon
Gross a year ago. That kil-
ling was also the trigger for
the massacre of Arab stu-
dents at the nearby Islamic
The extremists in the
Gush constantly cultivated
an atmosphere of being the
only true patriots in an Is-
rael where the government
(even a Likud government,
with its heart in the right
place ideologically) could
not be trusted to look to the
country's best interests.
Are the settlers and Gush
leaders preparing for possi-
ble lean years if a Labor
government is ushered in
after the July 23 elections?
Labor leader Shimon
Peres has already said that
a Labor-led government
would not dismantle a
single settlement. Shifra
Blass takes his words at face
value and believes that at
worst there will be a slow-
down in settlement but not
a total halt.

Changes sought
in Canadian
anti-hate laws

Ottawa (JTA) — Mark
MacGuigan, the Canadian
Minister of Justice, has an-
nounced three proposals for
amendments to the Cana-
dian anti-hate propaganda
laws with the goal of greater
success in prosecuting vio-
The first change would
remove the word "wilfully"
from the criminal code sec-
tion which states that any-
one who wilfully promotes
hatred against a group is
guilty of violating the law.
At present the prosecution
must prove that a defendant
specifically intended to
promote such hatred, which
has proved to be almost im-
possible to do.
The second proposed
change is that the defen-
dant, rather than the pro-
secutor, will be made re-
sponsible for proving that
the defendant acted under
criminal code provisions de-
fining legal actions.
Another change would
eliminate a requirement
that provincial attorneys-
general must give consent
to prosecution of such de-
Anti-hate laws have been
on the books in Canada for
the past 14 years. But be-
cause of the need for the
prosecution to prove wilful
intent and the defenses
available to defendants, no
prosecution has succeeded
under those laws and
attorneys-general have
been reluctant to approve
such prosecution.

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